It’s satisfying to know I reached my goal of reading 24 books this year.  I like saying goodbye to 2014 with a tidy check-mark on my list.

Some of the books were ones I’d meant to get to over a long period, and others I simply stumbled upon.

One such book was “A Lady in France” by Jennie Goutet.

Jennie’s journey from a seemingly ‘normal’ home into a world of alcohol, world travel, and dual citizenship is much different than my own, but what resonated with me was her desire for self-reflection and personal growth.

Her adventurous spirit is so relatable to me, and her travels fascinated me.  I think I lived a bit vicariously through her story telling of living and working in Asia and Europe.

Jennie describes her struggles and self-discoveries with honesty, warmth, and a bit of heartache.  There was much I could relate to, though are lives were (and are) very different.

I thought about my own unwritten memoir as I read hers, and felt a kinship of sorts.  It gave me a new nudge to pick up my pen again and fill in the blank pages I’ve been staring at. 

Perhaps increased writing will be my 2015 goal.

It should be noted that in return for my honest review, I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Book Crash (  I hope you know me well enough to know my review was not influenced by the charity.


Wishing you and yours a very Happy, Healthy New Year!


How about you?  What goals did you meet in 2014?  Or what goals are you setting for 2015?