Say Oui to Paris: 13 Favorite Historical Novels Set in France | Author Jan Moran
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Say Oui to Paris: 13 Favorite Historical Novels Set in France

Paris, Eiffel TowerParis is a city of artistic inspiration for writers, painters, and dreamers alike. Is it any wonder why legions of literary folks have succumbed to her beauty? Some of the world's most cherished books are set in Paris or other parts of France. Here are a few you might enjoy.

Most travelers agree that Paris deserves a return trip. In fact, each time I travel to France, I fall in love just a little bit more. The same could be said for many places I love to visit, but France holds a special place in my heart due to the work I've done in perfumery and the books I've written about it: The Permufer: Scent of Triumph, Flawless, The Winemakers.

For this return to the literary shelves, I gathered books readers have recommended.

Historical Novels Set in France

On this list, you'll find beloved classics as well as newer historical fiction.  As a writer, I solemnly promise to uphold this literary tradition (someone has to travel to Paris to write, n’est-ce pas?). France and French culture seep into many of my writings, from perfumery to fashion to art.  You can even discover one of my favorite hotels in Paris…

And now, in no particular order, your fellow readers' favorites:

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Paris Requiem

Paris Requiem by Lisa Appignanesi

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q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=045141943X&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=janmor 20 Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (and Les Misérables, the movie starring Hugh Jackmanir?t=fabulofragra 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B005S9EK5Y)

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