I'm currently reading The Passion by Jeannette Winterson. This colorful novel "intertwines the destinies of two remarkable people: Henri, a simple
French soldier, who follows Napoleon from glory to Russian ruin; and
Villanelle, the red-haired, web-footed daughter of a Venetian boatman,
whose husband has gambled away her heart. In Venice’s compound of
carnival, chance, and darkness, the pair meet their singular destiny."
It's a good sequel to reading the Sandra Gulland Josephine Trilogy and a good preparation for our upcoming trip to Venice. Reading novels set in a particular place is one of my favorite ways to prepare for travel.
I know that all there is is now, but how challenging to live mindfully even when retired and living in France!