Hello dear readers from a still-sunny Provence. Fall is definitely here to stay, and I’ve whipped out my finest scarves to mark the occasion, but we’ve been enjoying the best weather for this time of year since I arrrived in France. Un régal….A real pleasure.
And today we have another “petit plaisir” as Jessica Pasa, author of the book Pas Possible: Falling in and out of Love with France, is giving away a free electronic copy of her book.
“Jessica Pasa grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California. She received her B.A. in French Literature from UC Irvine, her M.A. in French Studies from New York University, and her secondary teaching credential in French from San Jose State University. She has been published in the 2010 Travel Study Guide for France Today magazine and wrote a blog called Pasa’s Paris inspired by a year spent living in the City of Light. Her first book: Pas Possible: Falling in and out of Love with France was published in 2014. She currently lives in Campbell, California with her family where she teaches French.”
I had the pleasure of reading Pas Possible: Falling in and out of Love with France, and it’s a fun read. Jessica takes us along on her “French adventures”; from her first timid visits to the country – making a few of the faux pas we all experience when traveling abroad – to her deepening love-affair with the country and eventual long-term stay in la belle France.
From an early age, Jessica is intrigued by the French language, hearing her grandparents – both very well-traveled themselves – speak it around the dinner table. Between stories of living all over Europe, and being immersed in the language during her high school studies, Jessica takes her first trip to France – staying with a host family in Chantecoq.
Between French “discoveries” (who knew supermarkets could be so glorious?) and getting into some pretty serious shenanigans on trips to Fontainebleau and Paris with her host brother, Jessica begins to better understand the French culture and grows more enamored with the joie de vivre she experiences during her exchange program.
And so it goes… France has captured Jessica’s heart and it’s impossible to stay away. During a college break she returns to Chantecoq and, thanks to a newfound French / American friend, she finds herself in the middle of seemingly never-ending birthday celebrations (these French know how to party) and also takes tours of Avignon, Gordes, Saint Rémy de Provence, and Senanque Abbey.
Well, not to give too much of the story away, these are just the beginning of Jessica’s adventures in la belle France. In the second half, she makes the grand leap across the pond to spend a year studying abroad in Toulouse. Between discovering the city, trying to make French friends, and navigating tricky cultural waters Jessica’s got her work cut out for her in her new life à la française.
If you’d like to enter to win a free ebook copy of Pas Possible: Falling in and out of Love with France, just leave a comment below and tell us where you’d love to live in France and why.
A winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, November 5th, and Jessica will email you an access code to download your free eBook.
And if you don’t have an eBook reader, no worries, we’ll send you directions on how to download one for free.
Good luck chers amis!
And if you’re interested in purchasing Jessica’s book, please visit the Pas Possible: Falling in and out of Love with France Amazon page.