Saturday, December 2, 2017

blessings in a book!

My friend Becky Ramsey wrote another book!

I adored her first book, French at Heart, so I was super-pumped to learn she has written MORE about her years living in France. Don't we all indulge in that fantasy of living in another country for a stretch of time and learning how to become nearly "local?" Thankfully people like Becky let me have that experience vicariously. I assure you, reader friends, Becky does not disappoint. Her description of being the odd duck American learning how to live the French way is charming and self-depreciating. Characters from her first book return, including my favorite, Madame Mallet. Here's a little excerpt to give you a taste:

"Who is that handsome man that stayed in your house for two hours and six minutes?" asked my neighbor, Madame Mallet.
"He's my French tutor," I said. "He comes once a week."
"That's good," she said. "I would teach you myself, but you clearly need someone who can explain your mistakes in your own language. Don't you think he should come more often?"

I declare, Madame Mallet is France's most passive-aggressive neighbor lady.

Becky's humor, insights on faith and culture, and appreciation of la vie Francais delight. You could classify this book as a devotional, a travel memoir or humor, but however you slice this baguette of awesomeness, you need to get your hands on a copy.

Here's the good news--you can BUY ONE HERE or WIN ONE HERE! I'm giving away a free copy of The Holy Eclair to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is tell me your favorite saint (when you read the book, you'll understand why).

Spill it, reader. Who's your fave saint?   I'll announce the book winner next weekend and you'll have your copy in time for holiday reading!


  1. I like reading books like this - particularly set in France. I still have hopes I'll get over there one of these days.

  2. J’aimerais bien lire ce bouquin. Je suis presbytérienne, donc je ne sais pas grand-chose sur les saints. Le saint que je préfère est Saint-Saëns. (I hope that’s not cheating.)

  3. This book sounds great as I love memoirs and travel! Saint Michael is my Saint.

  4. It looks interesting! My favorite saint? There are so many to choose from. I've always been partial to Saint Helen (my name is a derivative of Helen) and Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. I also really like St. Cecelia and we visited the church devoted to her in Rome as well as her tomb in the catacombs. But I also really dig Saint Anthony for helping me find all my lost items. And Saint Brigid of Ireland because she's my daughter's patron saint. I'm going to go with St. Brigid. She was kind of a badass.

  5. I made a note of this title, I do have the fantasy of moving to another country. My saint is Saint Therese, with my name of Terra you can see why.


Spill it, reader.