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January 2021 Book Fête and Book of the month giveaway

January 2021
Book Fête

Yes, France Book Tours has a new feature starting today!

January 2021 Book Fête !
The idea is to give you more flexibility to read and review books featured on France Book Tours.
Read below about the book available for you to request any time in January, and then read below on how to get rewards for posting your review when you are done reading the book.
Alina_A Song For the Telling

Middle Grade historical fiction

Release day:
December 15, 2020
at Serving House Books
343 pages

Review copy available in print

ALINA: A SONG FOR THE TELLING is the coming-of-age story of a young woman from Provence in the 12th century who travels to Jerusalem, where she is embroiled in political intrigue, theft, and murder, and finds her voice.
“You should be grateful, my girl. You have no dowry, and I am doing everything I can to get you settled. You are hardly any man’s dream.”
Alina’s brother Milos pulled his face into a perfect copy of Aunt Marci’s sour expression, primly pursing his mouth. He got her querulous tone just right. Maybe Alina’s aunt was right. She could not possibly hope to become a musician, a trobairitz—impoverished as she was and without the status of a good marriage. But Alina refuses to accept the life her aunt wants to impose on her.
At the first opportunity she and her brother embark on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to pray for their father’s soul and to escape from their aunt and uncle’s strictures. Their journey east takes them through the Byzantine Empire all the way to Jerusalem, where Alina is embroiled in political intrigue, theft, and murder.
Forced by a manipulative, powerful lord at court into acting as an informer, Alina tries to protect her wayward brother, while coming to terms with her attraction to a French knight.
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  Georges Grand Tour   The Readers' Room

  The Education of Delhomme Paris Was Ours

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France Book Tours 2014

2014 has been another great year for France Book Tours, its authors and its reviewers!

Here is the year through some graphs and stats.

38 books have been presented in 2014 (23 in 2013)

We had less Romance and General Fiction this past year, and much more Historical Fiction and Nonfiction.
Women writers are even more present then in 2013.
Alas, less books translated from the French. But it means there’s a large interest for English writing authors to focus on France.

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in 2013:FBT 2013 languageAND NOW TO THE 3 BOOKS

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90 book bloggers and 11 authors have posted reviews for France Book Tours.
And don’t forget book reviewers are entered in $15 gift card giveaway for each 10 stops tour, when they cross-post their reviews. More information here.


Marcia DeSanctis in Chicago: 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go


Marcia DeSanctis

came to Chicago

on January 22

Photo credit: Ron Haviv

Photo credit: Ron Haviv

Marcia is the author of  100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go.

She explained the background of her book – her many trips to France, her marriage in Paris and the time she lived in that country.
Her book is unique, it is not your usual tourist book, the perspective is very different. Convinced that “women travel differently”, she highlights how she, “as a woman, interacts with the places” presented. She focuses on places where she had a personal story to tell.

We feel at ease in Paris. We feel we belong to France…
The country forces us to slow down.

Then the author spoke about her methodology: how did she choose these 100 places? She used 5 main criteria:

  1. a place connected to a woman
  2. a very beautiful place
  3. a place with which she had a strong personal affinity
  4. a French iconic place
  5. or a place connected with other women she interviewed during her research trips

Marcia highlighted a few of these places with beautiful slides, allowing her to speak about some important women in the world of French culture or history:

  1. Camille Claudel and her sculptures – don’t forget we happen to have a live tour until 1/28 on Rodin’s Lover, by Heather Web, a historical novel on Camille precisely!
  2. Marie Curie’s office
  3. Marcia’s literary muses: Edith Wharton’s book A Motor-Flight Through France
  4. and Colette, a great naturalist – have you read her essay Paris From My Window, written during WWII?
  5. Léa Feldblum and La Maison d’Izieu, which housed Jewish refugee children
  6. George Sand
  7. Louse Vigée Le Brun (1755 – 1842), portraitist of the royal family
  8. Josephine
  9. Josephine Baker
  10. Eléonore d’Aquitaine
  11. Catherine De Medici
  12. Joan of Arc

A lively Q&A followed. For an accurate representation of Paris in older days, Marcia recommended movies with Audrey Hepburn, and also Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola.

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100 Places in France
Every Woman Should Go

(travel essays)

 Release date: October 21, 2014
at Travelers’ Tales

380 pages

ISBN: 978-1609520823



Told in a series of stylish, original essays, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is for the serious Francophile, for the woman dreaming of a trip to Paris, and for those who love crisp stories well-told. Like all great travel writing, this volume goes beyond the guidebook and offers insight not only about where to go but why to go there. Combining advice, memoir and meditations on the glories of traveling through France, this book is the must-have in your carry-on when flying to Paris.

Award-winning writer Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of travels and living in France to lead you through vineyards, architectural treasures, fabled gardens and contemplative hikes from Biarritz to Deauville, Antibes to the French Alps. These 100 entries capture art, history, food, fresh air and style and along the way, she tells the stories of fascinating women who changed the country’s destiny. Ride a white horse in the Camargue, find Paris’ hidden museums, try thalassotherapy in St. Malo, and buy raspberries at Nice’s Cour Saleya market. From sexy to literary, spiritual to simply gorgeous, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is an indispensable companion for the smart and curious traveler to France. [provided by the author]




Marcia DeSanctis is a former television news producer for Barbara Walters, NBC and CBS News.
She has written essays and articles for numerous publications including Vogue, Marie Claire, Town & Country, O the Oprah Magazine, Departures, and The New York Times Magazine.
Her essays have been widely anthologized and she is the recipient of three Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism,
as well as a Solas Award for best travel writing.
She holds a degree from Princeton University in Slavic Languages and Literature and a Masters in Foreign Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Visit her website. Follow her on Facebook, and Twitter 

Buy the book: Amazon, on Travelers’ Tales


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