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Frances Lawson was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1955. She is a direct descendent of the Libeau family, one of the original French families who left Rochefort, France in 1840 to found a colony in Akaroa, New Zealand. Frances is a member of the Libeau Descendants Society of NZ. She remains passionate about her French origins and would like to become a French citizen. Originally a teacher, she spent many years in the commercial and local government sectors before moving to France in 2010.
A past contributor to New Zealand Geographic, she is author of the popular blog To the Ends of the Earth. When she's not writing she's teaching English, taking photographs, public speaking, gardening or adding to her bucket list. It's clear the adventure has only begun.
She can be contacted via the book site www.followmyheart.co or her blog To the Ends of the Earth at http://francesbigadventure.blogspot.com
on July 17, 2014 :
This autobiography is a fascinating portrayal of a woman chasing her dreams and the struggles and frustrations she endures along the way. As a fellow Kiwi from her home town Christchurch I can empathize with her background and partially with her drive to find her family roots. I have lived in France for the past 5 years so have experienced much of the hassle, pain, humiliation and anger that goes with trying to make a success of life here. But, unlike me, Frances has done it all on her own without certainty of tenure. Her writing style is easy to follow and is a mix of history, travel blog and personal life. I am astounded at her bravery to write of such personal details but realise that this book is the result of her ambition to publish and to satisfy her creative itch. I feel it is also cathartic for her to get things on paper and out in the open. Her book achieved what I expected - I was entertained, intrigued, astounded and informed. At times I was incredulous at the treatment she received by men. It's been an eye opener in many ways. Good luck Frances, you have done well and you've earned my admiration. I don't think I could have stuck with it like you have. I hope France fulfils your dream.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on July 16, 2014 :
not really a fan of autobiographies, i found FOLLOW MY HEART to be intriguing, annoying, fun, frustrating, and hopeful (partly because of the struggles, partly because of the writing style). perhaps it is because i, too, left my home country to live in a new one with barely a shirt on my back. in any case, whether experiences are similar or not, FOLLOW MY HEART engages you and brings into focus your own dreams and the costs involved. the style is staccato, sometimes stream of consciousness, occasionally random and unfocused - it feels like sitting and having a conversation over a hot chocolate. best of luck, frances, as you follow your heart.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)