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Cycling, Wine, and Men: A Midlife Tour de France

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  21 reviews
With one bounced check, Nancy Brook’s world collapsed around her.  She was charged with a felony and thrown in jail even though her husband had pilfered money out of their business account.  Eventually, the charges were dismissed, but her marriage and business were over.  A decade later at age forty-three, Nancy thrived as a bank vice president and single parent.  Still, s ...more
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Published February 8th 2011 by Morgan James Publishing
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Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sorry "EX" it is a factual account.
I have read Nancy's book and was actual witness to it all. I was there and took in their daughter when Nancy was taken into custody because of the money "ex" had taken to pay the printer. "ex" had no concern for Nancy or his daughter at the point I contacted him. Detached, unemotional and self-protecting. No intention of returning to help straighten this out and no concern whatsoever for his daughters well-being at what was happening with her mother. I was surp
Laurie Jackson
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Good Reads winner.... Nancy Brooks does a great job of making you a part of her own trip of self discovery and pulls you into her story with realism, honesty and plain old good fun. She makes cycling a ride that takes you to all the emotions, highs and lows and every stop in between. Nancy Brooks makes this journey better then EAT PRAY LOVE.....and with a little less whine.
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The story of one woman’s journey to reconnect with herself. A story told from the heart with a refreshing honesty. In her early forties, Nancy Brook finds herself feeling as though something is missing from her life. She feels certain that finding Mr. Right would be the solution to her problems, but after a string of unsuccessful dates and broken relationships, she is disillusioned. Once married, now a single mother, her daughter away studying, Nancy finds herself alone. One of her passions is c ...more
I had so much fun reading this book. It's a very quick read (because it's so much fun!) Nancy Brook is a great writer and really takes the reader on a cycling trip through France right along with her. In this memoir, Nancy is so honest about her relationship issues as she leads us up to her decision to take a 15-day cycling trip through France, from Bordeaux to the Alps.

Nancy takes us along as she bikes from one French village to the next, pitching a tent at a different campsite each evening an
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I am so happy I won this book on First Reads. It is just a really, really cool book. I consider it a life reflection book mixed with a French travel book. Some may have a problem with this author's writing as she is incredibly concise and gets to her points very quickly. This happens to be one of my bigpositives, as authors who ramble on drive me insane! I consider it a better written and less "artsy" version of Eat, Pray, Love. Just a very different, fun, insightful book. I don't think it quite ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
There's so many directions I thought this book might go, and it didn't go any of them.
It more or less read like a book made out of a series of blog posts written about a summer vacation cycling in the south of France.
Not that that's a bad thing; it's just that it's part travelogue, part introspection, part "woman against nature", while not fully being any of those things.
Early in the book, I was frustrated by her lack of self awareness and self esteem. By the end of the book, I came to the concl
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cycling, france, travel, wine
The title of this book includes three things I love and it's set in France so I just HAD to read it.

By her early forties Nancy had already accomplished a lot, including picking herself up after her husband disappeared with money from their joint business, leaving her a single parent with debts and in trouble with the police. However in terms of a serious relationship and time for herself, things were lacking in her life. Putting her corporate life on hold for a much needed holiday we join Nancy
Dec 31, 2010 rated it liked it
This was a fast and relatively enjoyable read. As a memoir, it's great; as literature, it's so-so. I was intrigued by the book description - particularly the travel part - and thought it would be fun to read about Nancy Brook's traveling adventures through France. In general, I liked the flow of the book (basically a synopsis of her bicycle jaunt) and the story location was interesting. I liked that she included enough travel trivia to pique your interest about the location, but I could have don ...more
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
I have just stepped into this book today. I went to a Meet the Author book reading this past week and bought Cycling, Wine and Men: A Midlife Tour de France - anything with France in the title usually has me hooked. To be honest I'm not too interested in the author's reminiscences of the men in her life, but I am definitely interested in reading about how she "reconnected with herself" while cycling in France. I'm not there yet.

The prologue made me smile though - sort of a "shared experience" (n
Katherine Holmes
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Nancy Brook has chronicled both the challenges of middle age relationship and athletic endurance in this delightful book. It is a ride to take, the strenuous mileage of her cycling while she works out personal dilemmas and proves that she can pass her own test - riding up mountains in France. This is a tour of France with the underpinning of purpose.

While I could imagine this exciting trek like a viewer of athletes on television, she has provided tidbits on the French vil
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I just finished "Cycling, Wine and Men: A Midlife Tour de France" by Nancy Brook. This Montana based writer shares with us a story of her cycling adventure through the mountains and valleys of France during which she also tries to come to terms with her inability to secure a lasting relationship (ten in ten years). It was fun to read and gave me lots to think about in my own life. Securing friendships, finding the right relationship, seeking satisfaction and joy in small, everyday life events an ...more
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, wbc-11
This was a fast read and I felt like it had a lot of potential to be good but it just didn't measure up to my expectations. I expected this to either be a) a fun travel about what it was like to cycle through France or b) a fun memoir that gave you a look at cycling as a sport. I felt like too much was crammed in to accomplish either - including nearly every glass of red wine she drank and random details (missing cat!) that didn't seem to add anything to the story.

Also, I felt like the author wa
3.5 stars. Despite a title that sounds like it's a romance novel, this is the account of Nancy Brook's bike tour through France. A 43-year-old single mother of a college-age daughter, she decides to do something for herself and heads out, reflecting on past relationships and learning a lot about herself along the way. Okay, that's a corny summary, but it was an enjoyable and informative read, including some history of the areas of France that she visited, as well as tips on cycling and quite a b ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love france, bikes, wine, and men, so I should have loved this book. Instead, I loved the idea of this book. It's a bit of escapist fantasy a la Elizabeth Gilbert. Of course I could go and bike though france for two weeks, and I could write a book, and it probably would be about as deep as this one.

But, i admire the author for having the guts to just to do it and then share it. And really, that's what these books are all about. And she biked up mountains. So cool.
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tour-of-france
Thank you Goodreads for this wonderful, inspiring novel.This is the story of one womans act of courage, to journey across France, and try to find herself.After not being able to get her dating act together, she sets out on a life changing journey, to find herself.Her journey taught her to embrace time alone, and to answer only to herself.A must read.
Ruth Ann
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book on the struggles that us women over 40 go through and learning how to identify with ourselves. It puts things into perspective and teaches how to muddle through midage. Loved the book!
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Fast read. Better than expected in the beginning, but ended up like a dry travel journal at the end. Appreciated the conclusion of taking responsibility for fulfilling yourself to be whole and not relying on someone else for that. Disagree on why the triple is called the granny gear.
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Well, definitely no page turner for me. Which is notable because I love cycling too. Nancy Brook must be a very nice and sympathical woman, because she got in touch with the french people very easyly. I´m very sorry about her cat Oreo - if I ever have a cat myself I´ll name it Oreo.
Tiffani Gee
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was ok. thats all it sort of seemed like Eat, Pray and Love but written differently and the same story but written along the same lines.
Dec 31, 2010 marked it as to-read
I just won this in a Goodreads giveaway - should I have Joe read it too? On deck...
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