We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir #Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

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we'll always have paris

I love to travel. Last year I was able to spend a long weekend in Los Angeles with my 14-year-old daughter. It was SO much fun. I would love to travel the world with my daughter, but since that’s not probably going to happen, reading about someone else doing it is probably the next best thing.

Jennifer and her daughter Katie take a trip to Paris when Katie is only 8 years old. A couple of years later, they take a longer trip to Italy, then one to Spain, and then they visit Amsterdam and Paris once again. We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir isn’t a travelogue, and it’s also not an in-depth exploration of character either.

Jennifer has her reasons for wanting to travel. Because she lost her father when she was a young adult, she fears that she’ll leave her daughter behind as well. She wants to give her the education and perspective that traveling abroad imparts, so she makes it happen. Over a span of 8 years, they visit some amazing places. I loved the balance they struck between sightseeing and sitting back and becoming part of the city. They had the luxury of taking extended trips, one of a whole month, which gave them the opportunity to do that.

I probably would have enjoyed getting to know a bit more about Katie or hearing how her travels affected her or their relationship, but this is really Jennifer’s story. She flashes back to her time with her father as she was living in the present with her own daughter.

Anyone who has lost a parent will relate to Jennifer’s years-long process of coming to terms with it and perhaps her trips with her daughter will inspire those who would love to do the same. I know that I’m hoping that I might be able to celebrate my daughter’s sweet 16 with another trip.

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I have a copy of We’ll Always Have Paris to offer to TWO of you, US and Canadian residents.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bryce April 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

I would love to go to Australia and also Ireland!


2 Tatiana Bartlett April 14, 2014 at 11:59 am

I’d love to visit Ireland, Italy and Spain.


3 anne April 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm

I would love to visit France and Italy.


4 Patricia April 14, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Paris, Rome, and Madrid. (Can we go to Sweden too?) ;-)


5 Kym April 15, 2014 at 8:58 am

I would love to travel all over Europe, but the United Kingdom and Netherlands are on the top of my list. My daughter is only 12 but is determined to visit Paris, which is why this book caught my eye.


6 Rhonda April 15, 2014 at 9:20 am

Italy romantic Italy.


7 Jennifer Huelsebusch April 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I want to go back to London!!


8 Christine L. April 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Paris is at the top of my list of European destinations, but I’d also love to visit Athens and Rome. Frankly, a grand tour of the entire continent would be my ultimate dream vacation!


9 Marjorie R. April 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm

I would love to visit London.


10 Pamela j April 16, 2014 at 2:17 am

I would like to visit Russia.


11 riTa April 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm

It would be amazing to be able to take my daughter to Germany, the country where we adopted her.


12 Linda Kish April 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm

I would like to go to Greece.


13 clarissa April 17, 2014 at 10:27 am

Ireland, Germany, and New Zealand are places I’d love to see someday!


14 Brittany April 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm

I have been to France and Spain, there are so many more places I would love to see, Greece, Middle East, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, India, and many more. Thanks for the chance to win.


15 D Schmidt April 18, 2014 at 10:38 pm

I would love to return home to London.


16 mrsshukra April 20, 2014 at 12:55 am

Would like to go back to Madrid and Lisbon!


17 Natalia April 20, 2014 at 11:19 pm

I would like to visit Colon in Germany!


18 Jackie April 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Honestly, my dream place to visit with my mother would be Ireland.

However, I knew she would prefer Paris. Someday I hope to surprise her and bring her there!


19 Nancy April 22, 2014 at 10:41 am

I’d like to go to Switzerland again!


20 June S. April 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

I would like to visit Rome Italy someday, and maybe Paris France too.


21 susan April 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

I would love to visit Germany – someday I hope to toss on a backpack and just go!!


22 Crystal Rose April 24, 2014 at 5:27 pm

I’d love to visit London.


23 Angela Saver April 24, 2014 at 11:21 pm

I want to go to Germany!



24 Linda S. April 24, 2014 at 11:50 pm

I’d love to visit Italy–northern Italy again and southern Italy for the first time. And Sicily.


25 Chelsie Fletcher April 25, 2014 at 3:39 pm

What European city or country would you love to visit? Paris!!!


26 Diana Hatch April 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

I would love to go to Madrid


27 Tandi Cortez-Rios April 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

I would love to one day visit Italy.


28 Liz April 26, 2014 at 11:25 am

I actually went to Paris in April 2012 because my college roomie had an internship there – great city. I’d like to visit Spain or Italy one day!


29 Liza Vladyka April 26, 2014 at 11:44 am

i would like to go to Australia


30 Holly S. April 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

I’ve always wanted to see Venice!


31 Ashley Fryer April 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I would love to go to the Greek Isles!


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