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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  300 ratings  ·  78 reviews
At seventeen, Jennie Goutet has a dream that she will one day marry a French man and sets off to Avignon in search of him. Though her dream eludes her, she lives boldly-teaching in Asia, studying in Paris, working and traveling for an advertising firm in New York. When God calls her, she answers reluctantly, and must first come to grips with depression, crippling loss, and ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published December 7th 2013 by Createspace (first published December 5th 2013)
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Jennie Goutet
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The author's review doesn't count, but I was tired of staring at the green "to-read" button when I've already read it dozens of times. ;-)
Alison Lee
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I finished A Lady in France in one sitting.

Jennie's writing gripped me from the first page, and carried me along as the reader is brought along in her journey through France, Asia, Africa, New York, and back to France. Her story is at once devastating with losses so deep, and personal challenges so many - but at the same time, inspiring, as Jennie recounts how she is lifted and guided through it all through her halting discovery of her faith.

Told with honesty and humor, I related absolutely to
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Scott Spotson
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I love traveling; I've been to two of the countries that were important in this book: Taiwan and France. Thus, I was very intrigued by her adventures in all the countries she had visited. It's quite amazing how much of a varied life she's had, and she has had many blessings. I can see she is wise in her devotion to Christianity; she is not preachy, and she shows her open-mindedness to many cultures and faiths. She writes very well. Her descriptions are vivid; her emotions ring true. More than th ...more
Lizzie Harwood
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Confession: I don't read many books in the Religion category, but do read a lot in the Spirituality corner of Amazon. Jennie Goutet's memoir is about her travels and relationship to God and while I am not of the same faith as she is, I really loved her story. This is a book that both believers and non-believers (or believers in 'something else') will enjoy because it's so engrossing and personable. Her style is completely non-judgmental. She never forces her opinion of the world on her reader an ...more
Emanuel Grigoras
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Following your dream...

More than anything this book was for me a view into the inner works of following your dream.
Jennie Goutet took me through a life of experiences told in an honest manner by a woman that took her time in observing the beauty of the world around her while fighting her inner demons. At some passages I got carried away by the story and went into the same state of mind as the author. I never get depressed for more than a few hours in real life (some kind of self preservation ins
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Katie Sluiter
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
A Lady in France is a book that I just could not put down.

Jennie tells her story starting with studying abroad in France and comes full circle at the end to living as an ex-pat in France with her husband and three children.

Her experiences in between are nothing short of amazing. Besides France, she spends time living in NYC, Asia, and Africa. She suffers from being hit by a car, having depression, battling addiction, and falling in love with Christ. While Jennie weaves her experiences becoming
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Annie
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. The book can be basically split into 3 topics - travel, religion/spirituality and family. If I am honest, I found travel the most interesting part. I could build up a very vivid picture when reading about life in Asia and Africa.

Needless to say, reading about how Goutet 'found God' and became a Christian is interesting. Towards the end of the book there is the 23rd Psalm - I personally still prefer the wording of the original version.

There are some quite sad events
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Mary
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jennie Goutet’s memoir, A Lady in France , takes readers on a journey around the world as she satisfies her insatiable appetite for glamour, sophistication, adventure, and foreign lands. With rich details, Goutet recounts her life from childhood to middle-aged, revealing her dreams, triumphs, failures, and struggles she undergoes along the way.

The anxiety and insecurities that grip her during childhood remains her companion as an adult but they don’t prevent her from going to France to fulfill h
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Donna Engler
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

I normally read fiction, but this far surpassed any fiction I have recently read. Such honesty! It is delightful to hear a person be so forthright about her faith...or sometimes lack of faith. How we can all relate! You have a new fan. Please keep writing. I'll get on your list to find out when new books are ready.
Sheri
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!

I thoroughly love this book! Thank you for writing it JennIe! I hope to read more of your work in the future!
K.A. Krisko
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This autobiographical book of travel and religious reaffirmation is very well written, and the author is obviously accomplished and practiced. You won’t be distracted by grammatical or other mistakes. It’s professionally done and well-edited.

I found the travel sections by far the most interesting. The narrator ends up in France, Taiwan, and in various parts of Africa, and her struggles learning to deal with the cultures and languages, sometimes on her own and usually quite successfully, are fas
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Gayle Pace
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
REVIEW
Ms. Goutet's writing grabs you the moment you open the book. A magnificent journey to France, Asia, Africa, New York and then back to France. The story immediately starts with devastation. Deep losses in t he heart and so many challenges, but those challenges are also an inspiration. Mr. Goutet tells how her discovery of faith led her through everything and gave her a new strong faith.
The author adds some humor. The reader can be a part of the young, unconfident Jennie. Off course, she is
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booksandcarbs
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Years ago when I was a regularly-posting mommy blogger, I had a handful or so of other writer-moms who I considered friends even though we (with one exception) had never met in person. Jennie was one of those friends. I loved her blog for its glimpses into her life as an American married to a Frenchman and living and raising a family in France -- her garden, her recipes, her thoughtful reflections on cultural differences. What distinguishes her blog and now her memoir, A Lady in France, is her c ...more
Julie C.  Gardner
Jennie Goutet has lived on several continents, speaks multiple languages, and maintains a group of friends whose diversity rivals the United Nations. She once dreamed she’d marry a French man, then watched her dream unfold into reality. But that’s only a part of her fascinating story.

There is a rawness and truth about Jennie Goutet. She’s unassuming and gentle. Funny. Real. Her words are straightforward – not at all flowery or sentimental – yet the sentences she strings together are so lovely, y
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Meg Bortin
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
Don't be deceived by the title of Jennie Goutet's memoir, 'A Lady in France.' To paraphrase an old quote, this ain't no lady, this is a powerful woman. Her story recounts, often in painfully intimate detail, the spiritual journey of a person unafraid to question her past in hopes of finding the inner harmony she needs to go forward into the future. In Jennie's case, this involves casting aside old uncertainties and accepting, in their stead, faith. Her faith is Christian, and her book is punctua ...more
Jacqueline
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paris, memoirs, travel, france
Jennie lives in France with her French husband and three children, but this is so much more than a new life in France book.

Jennie has led an amazing life. She was raised in the US in a multi-cultural family, has taught English in Asia, studied French in Paris, lived a corporate New York life and spent a year working in East Africa for her church before settling in France and raising her family. She is open and honest about the good and the bad times; including family loss and depression and talk
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Angela Amman
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jennie Goutet had a dream of a French husband, but her journey from a girl in New York to a lady in France is one with turns and detours and soul-searching heartaches that challenge her again and again.

One of the most compelling sections of A Lady in France tells of Goutet's mission work in Africa. She fights for more sanitary conditions and tells of both the political red tape that can cripple humanitarian efforts and the tireless work of the people who truly believe their efforts are making a
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Belinda White
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a difficult book for me to review. The author is most definitely an accomplished wordsmith, and she has provided us a very polished work. While you won't find action and adventure here, you will get a quiet and relaxing read. It is kind of like reading over a journal writer's shoulder.

The biggest problem I had with this book--and hence my review dilemma--is that it is truly two books in one. The first book is the story of the author's travels. That, I truly enjoyed. I also felt that ther
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Anna Whiston-Donaldson
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book because I was familiar with several parts of the author's story and wanted to know more. Jennie's memoir is rich in detail and I found myself learning about several different cultures as I read about Jennie's life. Her life experiences are so different than my own have been, and I felt welcomed into her world of a young New York career woman, a missionary, and an Ex-pat navigating life in the outskirts of Paris. I enjoyed how Jennie weaves her Christi ...more
Diane
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stars Upside Down seduced me from the very first page with its exquisite writing and I was drawn in and hooked. This book has also stayed with me long after finishing the final page. For me, it is a story about navigating life and the strategies we find to do that, searching for happiness. For this author, her faith is a major part of that journey but for me, this isn’t a ‘Christian book’ in that she is not espousing Christianity as the answer for all. We all want to be the best that we can be – ...more
Jacqueline
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paris, memoirs, france, travel
Jennie has led an amazing life. She was raised in the US in a multi-cultural family, has taught English in Asia, studied French in Paris, lived a corporate New York life and spent a year working in East Africa for her church before settling in France and raising her family. She is open and honest about the good and the bad times; including family loss and depression and talks about her religion, as it is a part of her, but without preaching. I will admit to being reluctant to start reading this ...more
Anna Whiston-Donaldson
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book because I was familiar with several parts of the author's story and wanted to know more. Jennie's memoir is rich in detail and I found myself learning about several different cultures as I read about Jennie's life. Her life experiences are so different than my own have been, and I felt welcomed into her world of a young New York career woman, a missionary, and an Ex-pat navigating life in the outskirts of Paris. I enjoyed how Jennie weaves her Christi ...more
Alison Lee
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished A Lady in France in one sitting.

Jennie's writing gripped me from the first page, and carried me along as the reader is brought along in her journey through France, Asia, Africa, New York, and back to France. Her story is at once devastating with losses so deep, and personal challenges so many - but at the same time, inspiring, as Jennie recounts how she is lifted and guided through it all through her halting discovery of her faith.

Told with honesty and humor, I related absolutely to
...more
Andrea Stoeckel
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This memoir is at times devastating in it's despair and rollicking in its humor. It is the story of a woman from Syracuse NY, the same place I'm writing this from, who has spent a great deal of her life in places I could only dream of and eventually settles in France with her husband and three children, in what might be seen as a " happily ever after" love story.

However, to read and see what this family, what this woman went through as her faith was tried and tested over the years: a broken fami
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Denise Hisey
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jennie's storytelling captured my attention from the beginning. She doesn't use euphemisms when writing about her indiscretions, she just tells it like it is. I admire that.

The vision she had of herself marrying a French man and then living in France affected much of her childhood and young adulthood. She wove this theme effortlessly throughout the book without making it become tiresome.

Her adventurous spirit and many travels matched the longing I had at that age, and I lived vicariously through
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Andrea
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Lady in France is one of those books where the scenes stay with you long after you've finished it. I read Jennie's memoir last year on her blog, where she published it a chapter at a time, and when I got her book, I looked forward to reading her descriptions of the scenes again, much like I love watching my favorite movies over and over. Jennie's life unfolds as an American visiting France in college, and she takes us with her as she moves from France to Asia to the US to Africa and finally ba ...more
Sarah
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
*I received this book as part of Goodreads First Reads Giveaways*

This book is based on the author's blog, and gives a frank account of her life from late teens to present day. As someone who has always felt an affinity with France, I was curious to find out how this played out in Jennie Goutet's life.

I have quite a strict star system for my Goodreads books and so when I say "3 stars - liked it" that is literally what it means. I don't normally read memoirs but this was an interesting read. It's
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Andrea
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennie had me at "A Lady in France," the name of her blog where I first read her memoir one chapter at a time. Her story takes the reader through her life from familiar America to far-flung Asia and Africa and finally settling in France, in a way that fills you with awe and wonder about her strength of spirit and that so many rich experiences can happen to one person in a lifetime. She writes with great care and thoughtfulness and describes each event so clearly you feel as if you are watching t ...more
Josiah
Plot: B
Writing: B
Vocabulary: B
Level: Easy
Rating: PG
Worldview: Does God really get involved in my life? How can I reach my full potential? What does it mean to be a Christian in community?

Wow, I loved this book! The author writes in an entertaining yet very genuine way, discussing many topics relevant to all women, especially those who are Christians and/or living in a foreign culture. I have to admit that I had a top-notch review ready to type out, then life got in the way and I forgot about it
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Anamitra Roy
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Well-Written Memoir!

Someone is sharing her life. I shall not be judgmental here, I think. I must say, it's not my kind of a book at all. I like off-the-track things and this book is far away from what gets me intrigued. But I realize, it's not the author's fault that this book fell into my hands. That's why I should not sabotage the ratings at all. I give it 4 stars for the quality of writing and editing. There are many people out there who'll simply love this book, I know it for fact. I think
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Jennie Goutet is an American-born Anglophile, who lives with her French husband and their three children in a small town outside Paris. Her imagination resides in Regency England, where her upcoming romance, A Regrettable Proposal, is set. Jennie is author of the award-winning memoir, Stars Upside Down and the modern romances, A Friend in Paris and A Noble Affair. A Christian, a cook, and an invet ...more
“have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.’ Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:5-7 & 11” 0 likes
“And last, but not least, I had to abandon my autonomy in favor of obedience to God. That lesson was the hardest learned.” 0 likes
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