French by Heart ~ Giveaway!

Author: angiem, 04 25th, 2010

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My husband and I have a dream of living abroad.  We’d love to take the kids and move from one country to another, settling for a time being in each, getting jobs, learning the culture, the ways of that world, knowing the people, and eating the food.  Whether we ever will, remains a mystery to us.  In the meantime, we’re happy to read about other families braver than we are.  Families such as the one belonging to Rebecca Ramsey, author of French by Heart.  I marvel at her courage to uproot her three small children from their South Carolina home and follow her husband to France for four years.

Rebecca is as charming in real life as she is in her book.  I’ve read French by Heart twice, I love it so, and I also bought an extra copy because I wanted to give it to someone to enjoy it just as much as I did.  Please visit her blog: #mce_temp_url# to read more about her, and also go on and purchase a copy of French by Heart.  #mce_temp_url# has some amazing deals (don’t they always?)!

The contest for this book is through next Sunday at noon (my time).  Everyone who leaves a comment on any of the posts is automatically entered.  Have fun!

Congratulations to Corinne of #mce_temp_url# for winning last week’s Writing Home giveaway!  Stop on by her place and say hello.  She is a wonderful writer.


46 Responses to “French by Heart ~ Giveaway!”

  1. Kathy Says:

    I hope you get a chance to do it some day. For me I was like you excited and on board but Germany for me was a hard place. It was so different from everything I know. But I will say it afforded us amazing travel and culture plus being together as a family with little outside distractions like TV and social life. We have become a closer family. I just wish the Germans were nicer and their language easier. Happy Monday!

  2. Elisabelle Says:

    it is always very funny to read how french people are seen;)

  3. Susu Paris Chic Says:

    Dreaming and finding out about your options… that already is an adventure! Hubby and I have been playing with the idea of moving to Canada… the French-speaking part for the sake of his hmm… “challenged English”. But we’ll probably end up staying here until …forever… Paris has my heart. Just like Rebbecca’s;)

    Have a sweet week!

  4. Jessica Says:

    I would LOVE to get up and do that. Unfortunately my hubby is firmly rooted in Florida and will never, ever move. I’m still holding out for some transAtlantic vacations though. :-)

  5. pretty far west Says:

    Count me in, please, Angie - I could do with some light diversion.

  6. Beth Says:

    Have always been too much of a home, family & place oriented person to have dreamed of doing the ex-pat thing but I so admire those who have done it.
    Keep dreaming!

  7. Joyce Says:

    Congrats to Corinne!
    I too dream of someday living abroad. I mentioned to my husband to just give me one year. xo

  8. Kori Says:

    This sounds like a nook I would totally love. BOOK, I mean. Too early.

    Dying to hear how meeting SJ was!

  9. Mary Moon Says:

    All right- I’m in! I am so in awe of people who pick up and move so far away. Especially speaking as someone who stresses out a bit just going to the grocery store!

  10. French Fancy Says:

    And I’d love to spend a couple of years exploring the USA. I hope one day both you and I get to realise our dreams


  11. Bridgette Says:

    I also dream that dream, but I’d have to live it alone:(
    The book sounds wonderful.

  12. Mama Zen Says:

    I don’t think that I’d ever have the nerve to do something like that!

  13. Jena Says:

    Count me in !! I’m not brave enough to attempt that but I love reading about it.

  14. Diane Says:

    It would be a dream of mine to travel around the world also. :O)

  15. Sabine Says:

    I love these books, too. Another one I really enjoyed was about the 2 English women who moved to Italy (if I only remembered the title…)
    We had a lovely time 6 months in Australia and the move from Germany to the UK was a good decision, too (not only for raising your child bilingually).

  16. Kirie Says:

    My husband and I had a fantastic experience living in Belgium for close to a year. It was magical, exploring the area and enjoying the beauties of the small town.
    Someday, we hope to do it again–perhaps in Uruguay. I have this dream of living on or near a horse ranch there. Hope you get to do your dream someday… in the meantime, it’s neat to just think about it, isn’t it?


  17. Susan Says:

    Beyond time for me to leave again…so count me in, too.

    BTW, do you know the site expats women? or something…it’s also helpful for people/families who want to go…all countries, etc. Friend in Italy sent me the info, I signed up because things change so fast. Used to be easier.

    Anyway, I’ll find link & mail to you. Back to bed:)

  18. Jeanne Says:

    Looks like a great book Angie. If you like those sort of stories Family Life by Elisabeth Luard. Great story!


  19. cathinunn Says:

    I would love to read that book - it sounds wonderful! I could very easily pick up and move anywhere in the world - what a great adventure that would be! Have a beautiful day, Angie! xxoo :)

  20. Laura [What I Like] Says:

    It is always so inspiring to hear these stories of spontaneous travel isn’t it? I have a friend who took her husband and children away for eight months and traveled around Asia…home schooling the kids, living off what she’d made in a previous job…sounds fantastic, no?

  21. Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita Says:

    I think it would be a wonderful experience, but I wonder if I would have the nerve to follow through?

  22. Gigi Says:

    I’ve been lucky enough to experience many of my dreams, but moving abroad is my next big one. I don’t have kids, so one would think it would be relatively simple, but it’s still a big life move, so it requires some planning.

    What a great giveaway, Angie! You are always so thoughtful and generous. Reading about living abroad is my favorite way to get a little satisfaction until I finally get to do it myself! xo

  23. Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem Says:

    I do like the sound of this book Angie. Another good find I think.
    I’ve loved living in different countries, UK, USA, NL and a short spell in Italy. I do have itchy feet again and hope we can set off on a new adventure in the next couple of years or so. Its so much fun discovering a new place, new people, culture etc. Hope you and your family get to live overseas one day too.

  24. Ange Says:

    I would give anything to be able to uproot my French husband and do the same. Whether I will or not remains a mystery to me too!! I thought that France was only going to be for a couple of years - it’s been 15 so far. Mind you - I haven’t been to all the flea markets yet so I guess there’s still room for discovery.
    I do so hope you’ll be able to live your dream Angie. I’m sure you will… the kids will prosper for it too.
    What a wonderful giveaway. Hmm - maybe I should write a book ;-)

  25. deb @ talk at the table Says:

    Angie , you are so generous.

    My husband and I had a few opportunities to consider this when he has been offered promotions/transfers over the years. While I would love the adventure, we always opted for the staying close to immediate family thing.

    Also, I had a little bit of a hang up because of moving so much as a child.

    In hindsight, I’d do it when the children were small, and could come right back to the place I left .

  26. Stephanie Faris Says:

    I spent a week in England…and learned that I’m American all the way! I’d love to just move to a beach somewhere in the States, that’s all!

  27. pamela Says:

    Isn’t she wonderful?! I always enjoy my visits to her blog so much. She was one of the first blogs I became aware of, and remains one of my favourites.

  28. Kristin Says:

    You inspire me to slow it down and read more. Thank you!

  29. Ruth Says:

    Cool! I want to read that! I want to move to France. One day.

  30. Ava Says:

    I wish to someday do that too. Great give away Angie. Thanks for having it!

  31. Alice: writer, traveller, dreamer Says:

    Oh how I hope you get to live out your dream… it’s such a magical experience to travel and live in different cultures and feel as though another adventure is just around the corner… since we uprooted there always seems to be another adventure.

    You know, I never would have thought we would be living on a boat when we first took to the road ;-) And life is such a gift that deserves us to take a risk on it… so I really hope you get to live your dreams… and I would love to win this book as I’m always interested on other people’s stories :-)

  32. julie Says:

    Dear Angie
    This would be my dream too.. to go live somewhere.. perhaps Italy or France and steep myself in the culture and change of attitude…. Another lovely giveaway by you.. you’re too sweet… Have a great week.. xxx Julie

  33. Lori Says:

    That is brave. I wouldn’t move. Of course, I’ve already uprooted myself, so yeah, I wouldn’t do that again even for a short period. I just need a permanent site. At least now. But it does sound interesting and adventurous.

  34. cate Says:

    yes, i could move to france! paris would suit me just fine, i think, but living in the countryside wouldn’t be too shabby either.

    what a great giveaway, angie! i’m crossing my fingers…. xoxo

  35. Cindy L. Says:

    I plan to purchase a copy of this book, so please don’t include me in the drawing. I just wanted to thank you for the recommendation. I love all things French, and love to read, so this book has my name on it. Cheers!

  36. debbie Says:

    I think that would be a great gift to give your kids - different exposures to different cultures.

  37. Claudia Medeiros Says:

    Books, books, books ! I love books :)
    I’ve already lived in France and it was an awesome time !
    Count me in !

    Have a blessed day ;) Bisous*

    *Kisses in French :)

  38. jacqueline Says:

    my passion is reading books! have a wonderful evening.

  39. Ida Says:

    I’m working toward the same dream; so far I’ve lived in Denmark, Scotland and the US :-)

  40. izabel Says:

    i always dreamt to live abroad too! i was thinking i can be a nanny in italy, france, or spain… one of these days:)

  41. Becky Ramsey Says:

    You are the sweetest!
    I’m so glad you enjoyed the book.
    I’m sending you a great big hug!

  42. Autumn Says:

    I think that you should just get on a plane and go for it girl! I would LOVE to live in London for maybe a year. I feel like part of my soul is there. I have never even been, but that is the only place abroad that I feel that I must encounter before I die. All of these book giveaways are so cool. I LOVE books! Yay!

  43. mrsbear Says:

    I love that you giveaway these books that are close to your heart. Sounds great. I wouldn’t mind leaving South Florida one day myself, although I don’t think France would be the place for me, it sounds so exciting to say.

  44. Vicki Archer Says:

    I would love to read this…..xv

  45. Holly L Says:

    I would love to move my family somewhere like France or even a ranch somewhere…but I a a chicken.

  46. Ruth Says:

    Read Paris in Love by Eloisa James, too :)

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