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We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Adventure By Jennifer Coburn

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New Memoir Chronicles Mother-Daughter Adventures through Europe

Journey Reveals How to Let Go of Fear and Truly Live

Jennifer Coburn has been looking in the rearview mirror expecting to see the Grim Reaper for the last 20 years—ever since she lost her father to lung cancer when she was just 19.

When she became a mom herself, Coburn vowed to jam-pack her daughter Katie’s mental scrapbook with beautiful memories…starting in Paris.

In her forthcoming memoir, We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Adventure (ISBN: 9781402288630; April 8, 2014; $14.99 U.S.; Memoir; Trade Paper), Coburn shares details of their summer travels through Europe, one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together.

Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about venturing overseas, and even though she’s perfectly healthy and not actually dying, Coburn decides to leave the bathroom and kitchen repairs for another day, and invest in building memories with her daughter.

Their journey begins in Paris when Katie is 8, and ends in Paris in 2013, when Katie is 16, after taking monthlong trips to more than a dozen European (including Paris, London, Rome, Salerno, Florence, Venice, Madrid, Seville, Granada, Barcelona, and Amsterdam).

Whether they are sleeping at Shakespeare and Company Booksellers in Paris, singing Korean folk songs at the Alhambra, playing charades with the locals in Pompeii, or visiting the Salvador Dalí Triangle in Spain, this is the story of how one mother lets go of the fear of death—and how her daughter teaches her to enjoy life.

I received this book to review and I simply found it a breath of fresh air! It’s a story that Moms can relate to even if they have a son instead of a daughter. I don’t have a daughter but  I could relate to this wonderful story and it has an important message of letting go of fears and enjoying life. Something most Moms learn along the way. I loved following the adventures of Katie and her mother and it’s a heartwarming story filled with adventure and humor! One of the best books I have read in a long time!

Jennifer Coburn is a USA Today bestselling author of six novels and contributor to four literary anthologies. Over the past two decades, Coburn has received numerous awards from the Press Club and Society for Professional Journalists for articles that appeared in Mothering, Big Apple Baby, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and dozens of national and regional publications. She has also written for Salon.com, Creators News Syndicate, and The Huffington Post. Coburn lives in San Diego with her husband, William, and their daughter, Katie. We’ll Always Have Paris is her first memoir.

We have teamed up for a Mother’s Day Giveaway! What a perfect book! One winner will win a book. To enter, tell us a favorite memory you have had with your child or with your own Mom. Deadline to enter is May 6, 2014. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received this book for free to facilitate a feature/review but any opinions expressed are truthful.