Anyone can keep a travel journal but it takes a special talent for crafting an engaging travel story worthy of inviting others on the journey. We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir by Jennifer Coburn is not a flowery travel memoir about eating croissants, sipping coffee in Parisian cafes, and wearing matching berets in Paris. It’s a lesson in living life and well worth the read.
Coburn invites readers to join her on adventures from her childhood and adult life. The author opens the book with an adventure in Paris with her daughter and as the story progresses, she weaves her past with the present. She reaches deep into her childhood to share personal moments with her musician father that are touching and sometimes uncomfortable. Doing so helps in understanding decisions she makes while raising and traveling Europe with her daughter on separate trips.
We’ll Always Have Paris is a travel guide offering great advice and has me ready to return to London, Paris and Italy sooner than later. It’s also a statement about relationships with loved ones and reminder of what we are able to control in life.
When we begin a travel adventure with a set destination in mind, things don’t always go to plan. Weather conditions, mechanical issues, and illness can cause hiccups and send us down a different road. This happened to Coburn both in her childhood and adulthood. Coburn learns being rerouted down a different path isn’t necessarily a bad detour.
Throughout the book, I could see how Coburn grew from her travel experiences. She realized how traveling with her daughter pushed personal boundaries and allowed her to view the world with fresh eyes. She also recognized how travel has positively influenced her daughter.
This read was well worth my time and good for my heart. I’m pretty sure you’ll agree, too. Little House on the Prairie; Eat, Pray, Love; and even The Kite Runner are books so well-written they’ve inspired me to travel and to question the world around me. I’m now adding We’ll Always Have Paris to my list of inspirational memoirs and novels. I enjoyed the reflective journey which reminded me to embrace and cherish what is important in life.
On a personal level, We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Adventure is a beautiful gift for Coburn’s daughter, Katie. I have one memorable mother-daughter trip with my mom and hope someday down the road we’ll create more adventures or perhaps I’ll share some with my niece. Even though I’m not a mother, I found myself relating to Coburn’s life perspectives. We’ll Always Have Paris would be a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day, new bride, new mom, college graduate or anyone with a taste for adventure.
About Jennifer Coburn
Jennifer Coburn is an award-winning journalist who has written for magazines and newspapers in the United States, Canada, and Australia. She has published four novels and has contributed to four anthologies. She lives in San Diego with her husband, William, and their daughter, Katie.
Visit her website: www.JenniferCoburn.com
We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Adventure will be available April 8, 2014. According to Jennifer Coburn, proceeds from advance sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Why did she choose that organization? You’ll need to read the book to find out.
Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of the book for review purposes and this is my truthful opinion about the book. This post also includes affiliate links.