She can change your life. If only she could change her own...deep in the heart of romantic Paris, in the elegant Sixteenth Arrondissement, at the top of a smart apartment building on Avenue Victor-Hugo, on the sixth floor at the end of a long landing, there is a housemaid's simple room. This is Fatima Monsour's new home. She has left her life, family and friends on a beautiful Tunisian island to work for the exacting Countess Poulais du Roc. Baffled by even the most mundane tasks, only Fatima's natural compassion and sheer grit ensure her survival - and gradually her unique gift for altering the lives of those around her begins to have an astonishing effect. Irresistibly touching and witty, this story of love, loneliness and determination is alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of Paris. Fatima's Good Fortune is a tribute to the power of kindness in an unpredictable world and an unforgettable portait of "la belle Paris".
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Joanne and Gerry Dryansky live in Paris, where Gerry is the European editor for Conde Nast Traveller.From Publishers Weekly:
In this airy debut by an expat husband and wife team, an unlucky Tunisian spinster finds life and love in the City of Lights. Fatima Monsour is summoned to Paris when her sister, the Countess Poulais du Roc's maid, is killed in a freak accident. Things get off to a rocky start, as Fatima botches the countess's espresso order; almost loses her employer's beloved dog, Emma; and buys the wrong groceries because she can't read the list. But aided by her quirky neighbors at 34bis Avenue Victor-Hugo, including the flamboyant would-be writer Hadley Hadley III, the motley crew at nearby Cafe Jean Valjean and her new friends Victorine, a Senegalese housemaid, and Victorine's cousin, Samuel, she endures the comic trials of her new home. When Fatima saves Emma from near death, the lonely countess, who has no one but a kind, unambitious nephew and an estranged, ex-rocker daughter, feels beholden, and their relationship happily improves. Fate alternately smiles and frowns on the good-hearted Fatima. Though her heart was broken back on her Tunisian island home of Djerba, it seems she may even find love with Hippolyte Suget, a shy, divorced ex-robber with an angelic daughter. The plot meanders along a predictable path, and the numerous characters are no more complex than pretty paper dolls, but this Parisian fairy tale, in which an unlikely princess meets her improbable prince, is a frothy charmer.
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