The best books set in France

The Books I Picked & Why

The Little Paris Bookshop

By Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop

Why this book?

This is a moving story of an eccentric bookseller who has his store on a barge. He seems to have just the right book to help each individual in their own lives while he is coming to terms with a past love and discovering more about himself and life. He also visits many lovely French villages on his travels on the barge.


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A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse: A Cookbook

By Mimi Thorisson

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse: A Cookbook

Why this book?

If you like to cook and love France this book with its wonderful photography is also a coffee table book. Just looking through it will transport you to the French countryside where I lived and worked and adore. The recipes are not convoluted and are simple and delicious.


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Chocolat

By Joanne Harris

Chocolat

Why this book?

Chocolat is fabulous on several levels – set in a French village, chocolate of every description and flavour and it’s an awakening of the senses. The new chocolatier that sets up in the village upsets the straight-laced villagers with her tempting treats and understanding of each of their needs. It’s not long before they all ‘let go’ and allow their passions to come forth.


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Suite Francaise

By Irene Nemirovsky

Suite Francaise

Why this book?

A very moving story set in France in WWII where the Jewish author herself became a victim of the holocaust and the second part of her story was written from manuscripts that had been hidden with her daughters. The family had to try to flee the Nazis, along with others and the book is haunting in its reality of how they all tried to survive the fear, atrocities, and hardship.


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The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

Why this book?

Another WWII story set in the heart of France. Kristin Hannah is such a descriptive writer and takes you so deeply into the story about two sisters, whose paths have taken completely different turns but both fighting for their country and survival. This book tells of the durability and bravery of women in shocking circumstances and the resilience inside us all.


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