Before moving to Portugal, Jeannine worked as a journalist in Belgium and Washington, DC. She served as a press specialist at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels; studied international relations in the United States and Italy; taught English in France; and lived in Cape Verde. Her longtime fascination with travel and the complicated relations between countries began in high school, thanks in part to an alluring photo of Mont Saint-Michel on the cover of a book. Jeannine has a penchant for history, always seeks out the story behind the story, is a Ted Talk addict, and has decided that walks by the sea are the best form of therapy. She lives in Porto, a city she finds irresistibly photogenic. This is her first novel.