We’ll Always Have Paris
by Jennifer Coburn
How her daughter and her passport taught Jennifer Coburn to forget about dying and truly live
Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. It’s the reason she drops everything during the summers on a quest to travel through Europe with her daughter, Katie, before it’s too late. Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about the journey, and even though she’s perfectly healthy, she spends three to four weeks per trip jamming Katie’s mental photo album with memories. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped relinquish her fear of dying…for the sake of living.
We’ll Always have Paris follows a mother and daughter on their travels through Europe. I read this memoir in one sitting and I enjoyed it. The cover is adorable and colorful. How could you not want to read it?! However, when I picked up this book, I will admit I was expecting it to be a little more. I bought it when it first made its way to shelves and I had high hopes. I won’t say this book disappointed me, but it did.
The bad thing I have to say about this book is that I would have loved more. I don’t feel it was incredibly balanced between the mother/daughter and the actual travel descriptions. And the past was brought up a bit too much. I would have liked to know more about the travel experience together than what got them there.
Since this is a memoir, it is extremely difficult to pick apart. You can’t change someone else’s stories and experiences. So, with that being said, it was cute to see some interaction between the author and her young daughter. There was just so much focus on the mothers fears (i.e. her fear of dying young) that some parts dragged on and didn’t interest me.
I enjoyed this book purely because it’s about a mother and daughter traveling Europe. However, I wish there was a deeper description of their travels.