Author: Karen Chase
Publisher: Karen A. Chase - Kindle edition
About the book: If Karen A. Chase absolutely had to turn forty, she decided she could do it gracefully in Paris… for nearly forty days. What began as a blog to communicate with friends and family, became a travel journal filled with over a months’ worth of humorous and insightful glimpses into her Paris adventures, each of which could be read in about forty seconds. Journal entries are interspersed with Chase's own inspiring photography. Additional, longer stories richly fill in details allowing readers to reflect upon her experiences with food, travel, photography, Parisians, writing, and love in the City of Lights. Through her Parisian- and self-exploration, comes a book that brings to life the richness of Paris as seen through the eyes of a romantic travel junkie. Chase shows readers the joys of turning 40, and with her magical view of Paris, they'll be ready to board a plane before they've turned the last page.
My thoughts: This was a nice quick read for me at 134 pages. Karen decides to visit Paris for 40 days to celebrate her 40th birthday. When all of her friends tell her they want updates, a blog is born where she can keep her friends and family updated without spending a lot of time on the computer every day (when she could be out exploring Paris!) That blog, along with some reflections that she wrote upon returning home, became this book. She has also added some absolutely beautiful photographs that she took upon exploring the city.
I guess you could call this book a journal of her travels, but it is written with an artistic flair. There are many lovely descriptions of the architecture and art, as well as the people and the countryside. I had never thought much about ever visiting Paris, as it seemed pretty unrealistic for me, but after hearing her describe it, it actually has me considering it someday - maybe for one of my "landmark" birthdays!
~I received a complimentary e-book of Bonjour 40 from Book Sparks in exchange for my unbiased review.~
Publisher/Publication Date: Karen A. Chase, Oct 9, 2011