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This book chronicles Laura Smith Kotchmar's close to forty year love affair with her entrepreneurial adventure of retailing and wholesaling antiques and home d cor from traveling England and France providing an intimate and close-up picture of these activities. Her romancing home decor to her discerning patrons was so satisfying and exciting that they enhanced their home environment by placing the items in their homes. Laura provided an adventure in shopping. With her engaging personality she shared stories of her travels and adventures interacting with people from England and France. The book captures her charm, warmth, and spirit defining her finding her raison d' tre (reason for being) as she threw herself heart and soul into the path she had chose which provided a life full of wonder and achievements. A major part of this was the people she worked with in America, England, and France. The book also subtly serves up the romance that Dennis and she shared. Laura's entrepreneurial endeavor as a North Carolina woman in this demanding field would be appreciated by distaff readers interested in stories of those crossing spheres of work lines. Over a hundred beautiful photos taken by Dennis alone transport you to England and France.