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Once Upon a Villa
In this wise, warm-hearted, witty, and LOL hilariously funny true account, New York Times bestselling author Andrew Kaplan tells what it’s like when he, his wife and two-year-old son decided to chuck it all and live the fantasy in a villa by the sea in that extraordinary corner of the world – part international café society, part billionaires’ playground, part provincial France – that is the French Riviera. Whether it’s matching wits with French bureaucracy, searching for the perfect bouillabaisse, encounters with con men, eccentric ex-pats and Monaco’s royal family, partying with the international set on Onassis’ yacht, playing chess with a philosophical police chief or adventures and friendships with the rich and famous and the presumably standoffish French, Once Upon a Villa will transport you to a fascinating and shrewdly-observed world that you will savor like your first morning bite of pain au chocolate . So pour yourself a glass of wine, open the book and Santé!
“Hilarious one moment, poignant the next, Once Upon a Villa is the journey of an American author and his young family through Europe as few have ever experienced it. I devoured this memoir, thrilling at the vicarious adventure, the often hysterical scenes filled with celebrities and even royalty. An author with ten lifetimes' worth of experiences, Kaplan has penned far more than a writer’s story but an evocative and witty tour back in time to the French Riviera as most only dream of it. Clever and—best of all—true, Once Upon a Villa belongs at the top of every reader’s list.”
- NY Times bestselling author Tosca Lee
“Reading ‘Once Upon a Villa’ is as joyful as a great vacation . . . only less expensive."
- Peter Bart, Deadline Magazine , former Editor-in-Chief of Variety
“I fell in love with Andrew Kaplan’s Once Upon A Villa from the first page. It has to go in my top-ten list of the most entertaining and endearing books I’ve ever read! Villa is a wonderful insight into a writer’s life of living abroad, peopled with delightful characters and zany adventures. Kaplan’s elegant prose made me feel like I was there with him. Et mon dieu … that stove!”
- John Russell, author of Riding with Ghosts, Angels, & the Spirits of the Dead
"Andrew “Kaplan's 'Once Upon a Villa' is a pure delight. Ruefully funny and entirely relatable, this memoir of a young family's experience living on the French Riviera will have every reader entertaining thoughts of getting away from it all. Highly recommended."
- Dennis Palumbo, author of the Daniel Rinaldi mysteries
"With his sharp eye for detail and wicked sense of humor, Andrew Kaplan's memoir of a newly minted American novelist moving his young family to the south of France made me feel as if I were right there with him. The end result is a delightful page turning Franco/American discourse on creativity, culture and cuisine (and I'm not talking a can of spaghetti)."
- Sandy Krinski, TV writer, Spencer, Alice, ABC Playhouse, Three’s Company
First Place Winner Chanticleer International Book Awards Best Global Thriller!
Winner Global eBook Award: Best Thriller of the Year!
Finalist International Thriller Writers Association Thriller Award!
Finalist American Book Fest Award: Best Mystery/Thriller!
A candidate for U.S. President ahead in the polls and about to win the election suddenly commits suicide and no one knows why. A botched jewel heist on the French Riviera during which an American bystander is killed triggers a worldwide hunt by intelligence agencies around the world.
When U.S. Homeland Security Special Agent Casey Ramirez uncovers a clue involving the dead American, the discovery catapults her into a deadly chase across Europe to unravel the bombshell secret that threatens the foundations of the American government.
Master storyteller Andrew Kaplan weaves these disparate elements into a stunning tale of international intrigue and a “must read” of the mystery and thriller genres.
"Unrelenting suspense." Booklist
“Kaplan keeps the action rushing forward at a lightning pace . . . His style first matches the best work of the late Robert Ludlum, and then surpasses it." Suspense Magazine
"Andrew Kaplan represents a gold standard in thriller writing." David Morrell, NY Times bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose