We’ll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn

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This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a honest review.

We’ll Always Have Paris

Jennifer Coburn is not dying. Or maybe she is. Because, logically speaking, each day we live, we get one day closer to dying (morbid thought, yes?) But Jennifer has 1 mission- she wants to take her daughter Katie on a trip to Paris- so that when the day comes, whether it be near or far- Jennifer can say to Katie in her last dying breaths “We’ll always have Paris.”

This starts the story. The mother/daughter trip to Paris- the trip that began opening the eyes of Jennifer and Katie to worlds beyond their imagination. Katie and Jennifer had experiences that were amazing. They were ripped off. They experience kindness. Jennifer had a moment where she felt like she was about to be in the movie “Taken”. But with each trip, each experience- Jennifer and Katie were exposed to life. To experiences. Sure, some of the things that happened could harden a person on traveling outside the USA ( the dishonest cabbie being one) but- they were troopers. And earned their travel stripes over and over.

We’ll Always Have Paris is divided into each of the trips that Katie and Jennifer took at different parts of their life. Jennifer gave up many things to make these memories with Katie (including the kitchen remodel she had been salivating over for some time), but she felt it was worth it. Traveling, while she was able, was more important to her than the other things the money could buy. Jennifer, as she writes about her traveling experiences, also tells the story of her dad- who died at 49- which is why Jennifer worries about dying young. As the reader reads Jennifer’s current time stories and then reads the parts where she remembers her father- his life, his travels, and more- you can see how much of those experiences made Jennifer into the person she was. Yes, she was afraid at times to travel with Katie (I mean, who wouldn’t be? Taking an 8 year old to Paris is not something that everyone does.) But, the experiences are life-changing.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

We’ll Always Have Paris is a book that happened to fall into my lap quite accidentally. It was not a book that I had been aware of, but when the email popped into my inbox- I was drawn to Jennifer’s story, the book cover, the chance to be an arm-chair traveler.  Reading the story, getting involved in their experiences, made me long to be standing with Jennifer and Katie- climbing the stairs to the Eiffel Tower, seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa, riding the train to London, and so much more!

For fans of non-fiction, for people who love a good travel story, for someone looking for a touching memoir- give We’ll Always Have Paris a try!


*This book was sent to Traveling With T from Sourcebooks in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed above are mine alone.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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