Authors at Work: Isabelle Andover


Welcome back for our second installment of Authors at Work. Today, Isabelle Andover, Author of Cocktails at Le Carmen, shares with us her favorite writing spot in Paris. Pretty much, any place in Paris is going to seem heavenly, but this converted church is loaded with charm and plenty of peace and quiet. Read on to learn more about Isabelle’s favorite place to work.


“As much as I would like to write from the comfort of my bed, the temptation to take a nap with the cat has an unfortunate tendency to win out over writing words. I’ve tried writing in libraries–too quiet and serious–and cafes–too busy and noisy–throughout Paris, but it wasn’t until I stumbled across Nuage (French for cloud), just off Boulevard Saint Germain in the 5th arrondissement, that I found what I’d been looking for.


“Housed in the back of a converted church, Nuage is a cozy co-working space inspired by a coffee shop. You can choose to work at a table, on a sofa, or–my personal favorite–curl up on cushions in an alcove. There’s unlimited coffee and snacks on tap, and you can order your lunch to be delivered, too (think sushi, bagels, burgers…).


“It’s a place that has everything you need for a day of creativity, and perhaps best of all, there is a well-stocked bookshelf for when you need to take a break. Certainly for me, there’s nothing like reading another author’s words to inspire you to write your own.” ~ Isabelle Andover.

About Isabelle Andover

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Originally from England, Isabelle Andover moved to France after graduating from Durham University with a degree in Modern Languages. She lives in Paris with her tabby cat, Oscar, who occasionally blogs about apartment-style living in the City of Light, and who also inspired a prize-winning short story when he was a kitten.

Following several years as a media analyst, Isabelle now works at a Paris-based media company specialized in the international beauty market. In addition to fully embracing the culture of her adopted country by way of consuming plenty of French wine and cheese, Isabelle can also be found indulging in the typically British pursuits of shopping at Marks and Spencer on the Champs Elysées and drinking copious cups of Earl Grey. Cocktails at Le Carmen is Isabelle’s first novel. You can learn more about Isabelle by visiting her website.


When job cuts at Chloe Saddler’s London communications firm result in an unexpected transfer to Paris, she finds herself leaving behind her friends, family, and boyfriend Scott to start a new life in the City of Light. Getting to grips with La Vie Parisienne and keeping a long-distance relationship afloat is not made any easier by the culture shock. Committing the odd French faux pas and inadvertently indulging in a few too many flirtations with her very sexy (and very taken) boss, Jean-Luc, is just the start of it. Factor in her bridezilla of a sister’s wedding (the hottest event of the year in the Saddler family’s social calendar), an unexpected session of hot, naked yoga, a slightly psychotic stalker, and one incredible kiss at an infamous Montmartre nightspot, and Chloe can say au revoir to her old, safe London life and bonjour to the romance, splendour, and glamour of Paris.

A delightful debut that harks back to the early days of Chick Lit when heroines were flawed, funny, and forever battling for love and happiness. With quirky characters and classic comedic charm, Cocktails at Le Carmen is pure fun from page one.