F is France #TravelWithBooks #AtoZchallenge @AprilA2Z

The stylish, suave and smitten in love, France evokes powerful emotions with its grandeur and beauty. Love and pathos are companions to thrilling chases and mysteries across this beautiful land. France is beautiful, stylish and a lovers paradise so the books, written or based in France are equally thrilling. Romance, love, suspense or mystery – everything is a pageturner. I had a splendid time at all the must-see places in Paris due to the fact I had already read so much about them. I had tears of joy when I stepped into the grounds under the Effiel Tower, so powerful and moving is the impact of all that I had read.

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Outside the Louvre Museum in Paris
Outside the Louvre Museum in Paris

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

I read this book when it released and was totally blown away by the fast pace and unbelievable secrets that it revealed. Part of its success was the controversy it generated. Still, it made me look up so many things French. Especially the photo I took in front of the Louvre Museum, an item ticked off the bucket list. Yes, I did see the Monalisa as well, though the crowds didn’t allow for a detailed inspection but the smile was mysterious indeed.

BLURB – Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered inside the museum. Alongside the body, police have found a series of baffling codes.

As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, begin to sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci – and suggests the answer to a mystery that stretches deep into the vault of history.

Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a stunning historical truth will be lost forever…

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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

BLURB –A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret.

Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father’s life, until he discovers a knack for engineering. His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering.

At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in.

Doerr’s combination of soaring imagination and meticulous observation is electric. As Europe is engulfed by war and lives collide unpredictably, ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ is a captivating and devastating elegy for innocence.

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Chocolat by Joanne Harris

I first saw this book rather than read it and was hooked. This was Joanne Harris’ first book about Vianne Rocher, and was turned into a popular Oscar-nominated film with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Deep.

BLURB – When a mysterious stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet with her daughter and opens an exotic chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, father Reynaud denounces her as a serious moral danger to his flock – especially as it is the beginning of lent, the traditional season of self-denial. As passions flare and the conflict escalates, the whole community takes sides. Can the solemnity of the church compare with the sinful pleasure of a chocolate truffle?

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