Ms. Goldsmith wrote beautifully vivid descriptions of the places and locals in Europe and filled them with details that made me feel like I was there. Given the writing in this book, I'm looking forward to reading more books by Ms. Goldsmith. 

4-STAR REVIEW: FRENCH KISS by Gloria J. Goldsmith

The Description

Publication Date: September 6, 2021

I was DONE! I ditched graduation, dumped my repressed college boyfriend, and dropped my sexual insecurities for a wild ride with Destiny. Unpredictable Fate beckoned with a European adventure!

In a chance encounter, I met Jean Louis. From the instant we met, the dashing young Frenchman soothed my bruised heart, rejuvenated my spirit, and convinced me that leaving my old life was no mistake. Together, we set out to explore southern France.

Jean Louis was torn from my life almost as quickly as he had entered it, yet leaving the haunting memory of his caress permeating my every thought. Driven by love and passion, I journeyed to find my lover, even if it meant scouring all the hidden corners of France.

Would I ever reunite with the man I believe to be my one true soulmate? Would I ever hear him say he feels the same for me as I do him? What twist of Fate will it take for me to find him?


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French Kiss by Gloria J. Goldsmith was a fast-paced read with engaging subtitles for each chapter that seemed to zone in on what the chapter would be about. 

Nora was difficult for me to like initially because she seemed to be very selfish and focused on developing a sex attraction test that would enable her to hook up with various men who were more sexual than her college boyfriend. The book was not what I thought it would be about and was quite steamy in sections. However, Nora mellowed out as she traveled around Europe and made due when things didn’t go her way.

Nora definitely worked hard and played hard. She and the friends she made or met up with gave amusing and entertaining twists to the story. There was more of a drug culture than I would have thought, and it was scary to think that the story has a tie-in to the author’s past, and although fictional, it is based on some of her life. I liked Nora’s relationship with Jean Louis but didn’t expect it to last or for her to be all in. I loved how their romance played out with unexpected developments throughout. Jean Louis’ family—especially his mother and brother—left a lot to be desired. Some of her other hook-ups or boyfriends didn’t seem to be her style.

Ms. Goldsmith wrote beautifully vivid descriptions of the places and locales in Europe and filled them with details that made me feel like I was there. 

There is nice closure and a happily ever after that left me wanting more. I felt the cover depicted the story well. Ms. Goldsmith has an historical regency romance coming out next, and she included a preview at the end of the book. Given the writing in this book, I’m looking forward to reading more books by Ms. Goldsmith. Buy Links

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About The Author

As a Special Education teacher, I became fascinated by the English language. I still marvel at how it changes and expands over time. My most pleasurable teaching moments were showing children how a wondrous story can take their imaginations to other times, places, even other worlds. When the pandemic began, I started my first foray into publishing⸺ a nonfiction book, The Sensible Parent’s Little Homeschooler Handbook.

My secret pleasure-writing has always been focused on romance. French Kiss is a Contemporary Romance based on a fictionalized version of experiences during eighteen months of living and working abroad before the formation of the European Union.

Next year, my first Historical Regency Romance That Wylde Woman will be published.  It has allowed me to indulge my curiosity and enthusiasm for history by incorporating in the storyline a historical geologic event which affected weather and farming and even how England’s war with Napoleon impacted clothing styles.


Blog Tour Schedule

October 11: Harlie’s Books
October 18: Gina Rae Mitchell
October 18: Sandra’s Book Club
October 25: Fabulous and Brunette
November 1: Iron Canuck Reviews & More
November 1: Novels Alive


JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - and Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


  1. Congrats on your recent release, Gloria! I enjoyed following the tour and learning all about French Kiss which sounds like a fantastic read for me! Thanks for sharing it with me and I hope the tour was a success! Good luck with your book and have a great week!


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Ms. Goldsmith wrote beautifully vivid descriptions of the places and locals in Europe and filled them with details that made me feel like I was there. Given the writing in this book, I'm looking forward to reading more books by Ms. Goldsmith. 4-STAR REVIEW: FRENCH KISS by Gloria J. Goldsmith