French By Heart

I have a bit of a thing for books about people who go live in other countries. I'm not sure why except that it seems like such a brave thing to do. Especially if it's a country where you don't speak the language. I'd be inclined to say that this might have something to do with my having picked up and moved to a French province when I was 18 except, as I quickly discovered, in Montreal one really doesn't need to speak French assuming one isn't looking for a job. (I do remember naively thinking that I wouldn't have to take French classes because I'd learn French by living here - hahahahahahahahaha!)

French by Heart is the story of the Ramsey family, an American family who move to France because of a job. Their kids end up going to a French school while the parents fumble their way through their new French lives. The first few months were, as one would imagine, overwhelming. Slowly they start to get into a groove with their new lives. They meet people, they make friends - often ones they don't expect to make.

It was amusing and there moments where anyone who has spent time in another country understands where you just want to hide under a rug along with the author, Rebecca Ramsey. It's funny how the little things can mess us up the most. Like when she goes to the bank and has trouble with the doors with the buttons and then one door has to be closed before you can open the other. I ran into that on my vacation this year at a jewelery store in Rome (in the end it all worked out and Kit-Cat got a pretty (albeit late) birthday prezzie.