Five Things I Learned from Living in France [GUEST POST]

Author Gillian Harvey with her husband and five children in France.
Author Gillian Harvey with her husband and five children in France. (Photo by Frances Foster)

When you move around as much as we have, you will quickly discover that every community has its own rules to live by. And it doesn’t always take a move across the pond to find this out either. The rules can even change by neighborhood, and sometimes by street! Our friend, author Gillian Harvey, knows this all too well. Read today’s guest post to see which lessons she learned upon moving to another country and see if you can relate too. Enjoy! —J&H

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How One Woman Overcame Pandemics, Mental Illness, Sexism, War, and Napoleon to Build a Champagne Empire [GUEST POST]

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Barbe-Nicole smelling grapes. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Rosenberg)

For centuries, women have faced the devastation of pandemics and roadblocks of sexist laws. Yet, one of them, the audacious and determined Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, found a way to build a champagne empire despite the hardships.

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Danielle Steel’s ‘Complications’ Examines the Dramatic Lives Guests Lead at a High-End Paris Hotel [REVIEW]

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A man arrives in Paris intent on ending his life but finds love instead in Danielle Steel’s Complications. (Photo courtesy Canva)

A fabulous luxury hotel reopens to the public after a major renovation. When its loyal guests return, they find there are still some bugs to work out with new staff and upgraded systems. But the most disturbing events of all will unfold in the days to follow, and they will change the lives of its patrons forever in Danielle Steel’s enthralling new novel, Complications.

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J. Byrne Murphy’s ‘Le Deal’ Proves That Living Abroad Comes With Its Own Set of Challenges [REVIEW]

A leap of faith and a move to Paris lead a young entrepreneur to success in Le Deal. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Have you ever found yourself wondering what it would be like to pack up and move to another continent? While your innate sense of adventure may relish the thought, what would the realities of the situation be like? Obviously each nation has its own way of doing things, its own culture. But what challenges might you encounter? Find out in J. Byrne Murphy’s Le Deal.

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Author Gillian Harvey’s Love/Hate Relationship with Social Media [GUEST POST]

Author Gillian Harvey and her son Robbie overload on sugar.
Gill and her son Robbie overload on sugar. (Photo courtesy Gillian Harvey)

We love the premise of the novel, Everything is Fine, which is about a woman who has it all… at least on her Instagram feed. But in real life, things aren’t always what they appear. But how does a writer—who depends on social media platforms to get the word out about her work—truly feel about this aspect of online culture? Find out in today’s candid guest post from author Gillian Harvey. Enjoy! —J&H

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