• Jillian Bleackley

Grapevines, Gruyère cheese and Growing Pains



This week's blog post is about a non-fiction book I really enjoyed called My Grape Year. It is the story of Canadian author Laura Bradbury and her first year abroad as an exchange student. I love how she describes the architecture, food, and wine of Burgundy, France. I usually write about fiction books, but I enjoyed this non-fiction one so much because it was fast-paced and fun.

You feel like you're sipping Cafe au Lait on the Seine or eating a cheese platter in a unique 18th-century house, or laughing along with her forbidden boyfriend's family as they enjoy French cuisine. In the book, Laura is 17 years old, and it's a real coming of age story. I really enjoyed this book because you felt like you right there with Laura throughout the whole story. She has such a vivid way of describing her adventures. I did not want the book to end.

I like the book because there are so many similarities between Laura and me. She lives on Vancouver Island, which is very close to where I live. She's a hopeless romantic and a people pleaser, like me. She craves adventure, travel and seeing the world like I want to do.

I plan to read the rest of the books in the Grape series. I'm sure that they will be as good as this one. Bon voyage and happy reading!

PS- Before I go, I just would like to thank all of my readers who posted comments on my last blog. Please keep reading. I'll keep writing. Thanks!

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