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Your Reading for January by Susan Keefe

Are We French Yet? Keith & Val’s Adventures in Provence

by Keith Van Sickle

I absolutely loved Keith Van Sickle’s first book ‘One Sip at a Time,’ and so was delighted to discover this new release. Keith and his wife Val’s path in life changed five years previously when Keith was offered […]

Your reading for December

Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with Enthusiasm

by Dr. Ron Kaiser

A life-changing and highly motivational book!

Embrace rejuvenaging, and let the author unlock your doors to a better future, whatever age you are!

Ronald S. Kaiser, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Licensed Psychologist in Philadelphia, successful author, and owner of The Mental […]

Fulcanelli, the cathedral and the alchemists . . . an extract

It was widely thought that alchemy had been finished off by the Enlightenment and the appearance of modern science in the 18th century until an intriguing pseudonymous book appeared in Paris in 1926. The Mystery of the Cathedrals was written by one “Fulcanelli”, who described himself as a practising alchemist. He claimed […]

Your reading for November by Susan Keefe

Game piece by Alan Brenham An action packed, psychological thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seats until the very last page. Life is all about priorities, and Barry Marshall a Detective in the Temple Division, Texas is forever finding himself taunted by colleagues that he is a Boy Scout, brown nose, […]

The Wheel of Fortune at Beauvais



The cathedral of Beauvais (northwest of Paris) is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture but the older church of St Etienne is of even more interest for a particular reason. The north rose is known as the “Wheel of Fortune” window because it is thought to represent the medieval notion of human life […]

Time to catch a Picasso before the exhibition closes on 13th January 2019

Musee de Picasso Paris. 5 rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris.

What does a masterpiece mean to Pablo Picasso?

The exhibition “Picasso. Masterpieces! Answers this question by bringing together masterpieces, some of which are seen in Paris for the first time. Thanks to exceptional loans, masterpieces from all over the world will be […]

The Devil

By Nick Inman

The Devil (aka Satan or Lucifer) is to be seen everywhere in France. He was the nightmare visitor of the middle ages, often felt or smelt but never seen, and he lingers on in Romanesque stone carvings and frescoes of the Last Judgement. He also pops up in some […]

Your reading for September by Susan Keefe

One Sip at a Time:Learning to Live in Provence

by Keith Van Sickle

Can a two-career couple really pick up stakes and move to Provence?

When Californian Keith Van Sickle accepted an overseas work post to the French speaking Neuchatel in Switzerland, he and his wife could have believed that this event would be […]

Your reading for August . . .

Reviews by Susan Keefe

Tricycle and Friends

by Lester Aradi

This wonderful children’s books is about a three legged retriever called Tricycle who is adopted by a family, and goes to live at their farm.

Once there, he meets Buckaroo, the miniature donkey. The two quickly become friends, and Buckaroo introduces Tricycle to some […]

Your reading for July, Reviews by Susan Keefe

The Staircase of Fire by Ben Woodard In writing this exciting adventure story, the author takes his reader back to Kentucky in 1923, a time when racial prejudice was rampant and the Ku Klux Klan were very much at large…

The main character in the story is a fourteen year old boy called Tom. He […]