15 Sep 2015, 4:08pm


Welcome to A Tour of the Heart

Books are sold in bookstores and other non bookstore venues across the UNITED STATES. Please ask your bookseller for it if you cannot readily find it on the shelf. YOU CAN ALSO BUY IT AT AMAZON NOW as a paperback or as an eBook through kindle. On amazon, you may also read many reviews of A Tour of the Heart. Signed copies may be shipped to you by Alpen Schatz, my favorite European-styled boutique here in Telluride.

In the UNITED KINGDOM, you can find the paperback on AMAZON   and the eBook through kindle. It is also available on Amazon in other countries throughout the world–just look it up from your home base.

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A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France, part memoir, part love story, is a romantic ode to the most visited country in the world.

Told by a proudly-feminine and sophisticated travel writer, an expert in all things French, searching for harmony and true love with her super-cyclist boyfriend. A Tour of the Heart will keep you bien captivé through its many twists and turns.

A Tour of the Heart highlights the life of a travel writer, France, cycling, food and wine, the Tour de France and the joys and travails of traveling à deux. The freedom, the challenges, the ups and downs, the discoveries around every bend, pedaling the bucolic roads of France is an adventure—and so is their love…

“Maribeth is a first-rate tour guide.”

Associated Press


Part One
Putting the Wheels in Motion
Shifting Gears
Storybook Alsace
Beautiful Burgundy
The Sun Doesn’t Always Shine in Provence
Navigating Languedoc-Roussillon
Living Large in the Southwest
Room with a View in Versailles and Not So Romantic Paris

Part Two

Prelude to the Tour
Alpine Adventures
Almost Solo in the Loire
Paris and a Triumphant Finish

Click here to read a story from THE TELLURIDE DAILY PLANET

Click here to read a story from TELLURIDE INSIDE AND OUT

Click here to read a story from THE SARATOGIAN

Click here to read Five Questions from The Troy Record

Click here to read a story from Telluride Magazine (go to p. 30 of their winter 2013 issue)

Click here to read a review from FRENCH VILLAGE DIARIES

Click here to read a review from FRANCE ON YOUR OWN (be sure to scroll down to The Bookshelf)

Click here to read a blog post from PARIS CENTRAL

Click here to read a blog post from FRENCH HEART

Click here to read a story from the Summit Daily News

Click here to read a story from the Vail Daily

Click here to see a highlight in The Post Star

Click here to see Maribeth’s appearance on Channel 9’s Colorado & Company, a popular morning show.

A Tour of the Heart was also featured in the September-October 2013 edition of ENTREE, an exclusive newsletter that features travel worldwide. Click here to download the September-October 2013 issue of ENTREE.


Please note that the below map is featured in the book, however, there will be more detailed maps of all the regions covered in A Tour of the Heart at www.atouroftheheart.com which will go live early 2013.


Congratulations on your new publications.


20 Aug 2012, 2:21pm
by James V Roeder

You’re too much! I definately want to purchase three autographed copies. One to Rosa Lea Davis thanking her for all the great times we’ve had together (biking and Italy) and one for Joe Siedlecki who has done the ride from Durango to Telluride (in a day) and whose company has more inspired me to ride harder & longer than I thought possible. And I want an Autographed copy to put into my library along side my autographed Graham Watson book.
Hope this turns into a bestseller for you!!
Let me know how / where to purchase my autographed copies!

22 Aug 2012, 1:00pm
by Frank Connolly, Jr.

Hi Maribeth :
Wow, I hope your book is a winner. Will read the sneak peaks and see if you and Howard can start a contest. Let me know when it hits the stores.
See you late this fall.

Congratulations–another accomplishment for the resume of your life!
Looking forward to reading about the adventure.

congratulations, Maribeth! Maybe you’ll come cycling our way in Provence one of these days…

22 Oct 2012, 1:48pm
by anita halpern

Well, Ms. Maribeth Clemente!! I really must take issue with you and your new book – A tour of the Heart!! It was one thing when I started it in the tub last night before dinner… I got sucked in immediately and had no desire to get out of the tub and actually cook dinner for my family because that would have meant putting down the book…However, today is another matter entirely: I’M AT WORK:( – I can’t just sit here and read all day! That could eventually cause some problems, but I hate being away from Bessie and Pete and, OF COURSE France! Ahh, alas, perhaps I’ll have to do a little work today, duty calls:( But straight back to the “tour” afterwards!

Congratulations Maribeth, All your hours of organizing and reliving those days have paid off in a wonderful adventure for everyone to read. You certainly peaked my interest in going to yet another trip so I can experience the beauty of France on a bike. I have my favorite chapters so I am sure I will re-read this many times.

Maribeth, I just could not put your book down. Hurricane Sandy paid us a visit last Monday and we had been out of power until this past Monday evening. There wasn’t much to look forward to without having any power for all those days. Each evening when I came home from work, I would snuggle under our wonderful down comforter with a flashlight to read your book. Your book transported me to Beautiful France. I loved learning where the word “Mistral” came from and you had many other explanations as well throughout your book. I am very anxious now to discover your other books.

5 Dec 2012, 6:08am
by Lisa Perfetti

I loved reading, A TOUR OF THE HEART! Maribeth’s book is thoroughly enjoyable. All the descriptions about: cycling, France, Inns, scenery, cafes, etc. made it seem as though I was there. Maribeth is truly a gifted writer. This book is well worth the read and won’t disappoint you. I highly recommend it and hope that Maribeth will write more like it. Happy Reading, Lisa Perfetti

This book is quite rewarding, from my perspective. I would read it over again someday.

I loved reading, A TOUR OF THE HEART! Maribeth’s book is thoroughly enjoyable. All the descriptions about: cycling, France, Inns, scenery, cafes, etc. made it seem as though I was there. Maribeth is truly a gifted writer. This book is well worth the read and won’t disappoint you. I highly recommend it and hope that Maribeth will write more like it. Happy Reading, Lisa Perfetti


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