I was a little worried this would change my opinion of de Havilland. She's always seemed perfectly lovely and oh so lady like but what if she isn't? Luckily, not only did this book not lower my opinion of her it actually raised it. For not only is she perfectly ladylike but she also has the sly-est humor and the most delicate touch of snark.
This book is all about her observations of what it's like to be an American mother living in France. She stumbles over Fahrenheit to Celsius conversions when her son has a fever and quite by accident learns the type of flowers you should never ever send a (living) friend. She learns French though not without a few bumps and learns what you really ought to serve on Christmas day. Her telling of her slipups are so funny and I have the feeling she'd be a wonderful person to share lunch or even a cup of tea with.
This is a small little book - only about 143 pages including a recent interview - and one I thoroughly enjoyed. This is a book I found that is better sipped than gulped. A chapter or two is absolutely delightful but trying to read it in one sitting feels a little tedious. I will say next time I watch a movie featuring Olivia de Havilland I'll enjoy it even more after to getting to know her a bit in this lovely little book!