One of the Best Romance Drama Books to Read in 2022 is The Garret on Boulevard Voltaire by Patricia Ann Williams


New York, New York–(Newsfile Corp. – July 8, 2022) – Patricia Ann Williams, acclaimed author of E-Vengeance and The Two Weddings of Zhao Ping, has released her dramatic third novel, The Garret on Boulevard Voltaire. This tense and wonderfully nuanced romance contrasts the allure of a whirlwind relationship with the expectations placed on young women in a changing world.

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Book cover of The Garret on Boulevard Voltaire

The Garret on Boulevard Voltaire follows the life of 23-year-old Charlotte McGuire, an American traveling to Paris in 1964 to study French. She meets a charming medical student named Jean-Luc, who shocks her by proposing marriage when it’s time for her to return to America. Her joy soon fades to doubt when she hears how French husbands often keep a mistress, reminding Charlotte of her parents’ disastrous divorce after her philandering father broke her mother’s heart. Haunted by the legacy of her mother’s anguish, Charlotte must decide if she trusts Jean-Luc or if she should pursue the safe, stable life of a woman who couldn’t quite bring herself to marry for love.

Fans of Emily in Paris will enjoy the cross-cultural romance and excitement of being immersed in an entirely new country while falling in love. Charlotte is also an exceptionally relatable heroine whose worries about infidelity and security will resonate with women of all ages.

In addition to the complex characters and evocative setting, The Garret of Boulevard Voltaire encourages the audience to consider gender roles and the social norms surrounding women. In a glowing review, Bunny Shulman, author of After Aida, praises Williams’s ability to capture “the power and strength of love, the romance of Paris and the challenges of family.”

The author was inspired in part by her own real-life French love story falling for a medical student while studying in Paris. Although The Garret of Boulevard Voltaire is far from autobiographical, Williams draws upon her own experiences as an ardent young Francophile swept away by a new culture and a romance that her once-beloved called “beautiful, happy and pure.”

The Garret of Boulevard Voltaire and Williams’s other works are available for purchase on or wherever books are sold.

Besides teaching French at the high school and university levels, Patricia Ann Williams has lived and worked in French-speaking countries. In addition to her novels, Williams writes poetry, short stories, and a financial blog for women approaching retirement. She lives in Florida with her husband. Visit her online at

Lisa Quinn
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