It’s easy to fall in love with Paris, and many of the best contemporary novels set in France celebrate love — or at least, a love affair with France. In this installment of books set in France, you’ll find a multitude of genres, including literary fiction, suspense, mystery, young adult, and mainstream fiction. Earlier lists in this blog feature historical fiction, as well as a general list of favorite books set in France.
The first post about books set in France garnered so many comments and suggestions that I promised to follow-up with books gleaned from readers’ comments, along with a few of my personal favorites.
Contemporary Novels Set in France
This list features several book series set in France, such as those from Cara Black, Laura Florand, and Stephen Clarke. For these I’ve included the first book in the series, but subsequent titles deserve exploration, too.
Each of these authors captures different nuances about France. For example, M.J. Rose explores perfumery, while Laura Florand delves into chocolate making. Stephanie Perkins captures the young adult experience in Paris. Cara Black’s forte is murder, and Stephen Clarke’s books will have you laughing out loud in no time. And who can resist the suspense of Dan Brown?
I have a special affinity for france, and three of my books are partly set in France, including the historical Scent of Triumph, the contemporary Flawless, and a second historical from St. Martin’s Press coming soon.
The next list will feature readers’ favorite memoirs and nonfiction books on style, perfume, and culinary delights. Stay tuned for more by following this blog, and be sure to leave your cherished books in the comments!
Hidden in Paris by Corine Gantz
It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris by Patricia Engel
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
French Lessons: A Novel by Ellen Sussman
Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard
A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
A Wedding in Provence by Ellen Sussman
And a few more we love:
Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand
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