Jul 3, 2014

The List of my Desires by Gregoire Delacourt

Money can buy you freedom. But what about happiness?

When Jocelyne looks at herself in the mirror, she sees a middle-aged, married woman who runs a haberdashery shop in a small provincial French town and lives a very ordinary existence. But what happened to all those dreams she had when she was 17?

Then she wins millions on the lottery and has the chance to change her life for ever. So why does she find herself reluctant to accept the money? To help her decide what to do, she begins to compile a list of her heart's desires, never suspecting for one moment that the decision might be taken out of her hands ...


 Jocelyne runs a haberdashery shop in Arras. Her good friends are the hairdressing twins from next door. She's living together with her husband Jocelyn. Her life has turned out very differently from what she had dreamed about when she was a teenager. Still, she's quite happy. She isn't the prettiest woman and her marriage isn't perfect, but she's doing well enough. When she wins a little bit over eighteen million in the lottery she doesn't know if she should be happy or not. She does go to Paris to pick up the cheque, but when she has it she doesn't know what to do with it. The money makes her think about her life and her future. The question is if cashing it would be a good idea? Until one day she doesn't have that choice anymore.
I've read The List of my Desires two times. I love this story! Jocelyne starts making a life for herself when she decides to blog about her shop and the sewing she loves so much. She's happy with the way things are, but she also starts to make lists as soon as she knows she's won the money. There are things she needs and things she would like to do and she writes them all down. She's living with a secret for so much time and then the money changes her entire life once more. Jocelyne hasn't had much luck in her earlier years, but she's created something good for herself. I like the way she thinks and how inventive and creative she is. I think this story is a beautiful example of what money can do with you. How it changes you and breaks you if you don't pay attention.


  1. Asheley (BookwormAsheley)July 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    This book has the cutest cover and sounds like a great story. I love that you have read it twice! (:

  2. Two times? :D Yes then it really must be good


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