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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
What is it like for an American to survive in Paris? Boulevard Beauséjour by Jane Foster and Anne Yelland reflects on this question and weaves a stunning answer in a novel that explores the clash of cultures, the prejudices people could have about each other, the power of relationships, and the conflicts that punctuate the rhythm of every ordinary day. In a story set in the City of Light, the reader is introduced to intriguing characters, an American couple, Andy and Alice, navigating their way through Paris. They will meet a hairdresser who is quick-witted, an elegant Count, and an alluring Parisian. While Alice may love her new job, Andy seems to miss his life back in the US; he starts developing habits that could be more costly for him.
This is a story with scenes that will be very familiar to immigrants and those leaving their places of origin to work elsewhere. The setting — both physical and cultural — is brilliantly explored and readers are treated to the wonderful realities of Paris that could be taken for granted. The characters are very real and convincing and readers can easily relate to them. The themes of culture shock, love, and relationships are well-developed in this story. The conflict is well-developed as well and it results from the change of milieu and the constraints that come with it. Boulevard Beauséjour by Jane Foster and Anne Yelland is humorous and exciting, an adventure that witnesses the clash of cultures. This is an exciting and entertaining story, written in excellent prose and in a voice that is arresting and beguiling.