Reading the autobiography of Jennie Goutet’s adventurous life, A Lady In France, gives one the impression that this young lady has led many lives in such a short period of time. Depression, near-death accidents, world travel, addiction, grief over the loss of loved one’s are openly shared by Jennie as if she were relating these events personally to me over a cup of coffee (or tea). 😉
I appreciated Jennie’s honesty when she relates struggles about her weight gain and appearance. She comes across as a very assured young woman, although she readily admits to battling feelings of gloom and darkness to the point that anti-depressants were her only option. Through it all, the shining light in the story is not Jennie herself, but God. Her faith in the Lord is strengthened through each struggle and battle she encounters.
At times, I was hoping for less wordy sentences because I couldn’t imagine that Jennie would actually use some of the words or phrases in real-life that she uses in the book. I enjoyed the book when it held true to the conversation-style, but there were times when it felt like someone went through, found ‘boring’ words and edited it to make it sound more ‘intellectual’.
I enjoyed the first half of the book- which described her travels- much more than the second half of the book. Some themes that I did not enjoy reading were about the countless moves she made with her husband and the home renovations she had planned. It was tedious to read through many pages devoted to her wedding planning, from colors of dresses to the decor of the reception hall and the types of foods she ate on her wedding day. I was also hoping to read about how the time she spent in Africa with the poverty-stricken orphans may have caused her life to take a turn in a different direction, but it seems as if once she left Africa, she was thankful that that chapter of her life among the poor was finished and now she could live among the elite of the world once again.
I really wanted to enjoy this book, but the never-ending personal details seemed to bog down what could have been a riveting autobiography. At 328 pages, I think the book would have been much better if it were condensed by at least 100 pages. I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.
The publisher of this book has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookCrash.