Hello Lovely Followers,
I’ve just realised that although I read this fantastic back in December, I forgot to post my full review! See it’s an age thing – pre-menopausal women tend to forget stuff. Lol!
Anyway, enjoy my review and (hopefully) be inspired to buy this wonderful book!
One Christmas In Paris
By Mandy Baggot
So, here’s the official blurb;
They say Paris is the City of Love, so bring your je ne sais quoi and don’t forget the mistletoe!
Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold and the scent of spiced wine is all around, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex.
Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, watch lamplight glittering on the river Seine, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men … Until they cross paths with handsome, mysterious photographer Julien with his French accent and hazelnut eyes that seem to see right inside her.
Ava can’t ignore the intense chemistry between them, but her fingers have been burned before and she can’t forget it, especially when her ex, Leo, starts texting again. Can Ava really trust Julien – and what exactly is his secret?
Will Ava go home with a broken heart, or will she find true love amongst the cobbled streets of Paris?
Join Ava and Julien in the most romantic city in the world this Christmas, as they discover the importance of being true to themselves, and learn how to follow their hearts.
I Read It: 9th – 12th December 2016
In Which Format: Kindle
Approx Length: 394 pages
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
This is in the contemporary romance genre – affectionately known “chick lit”. It’s a standalone story with Ms Baggot’s trademark HEA (Happily Ever After) ending.
So, what kept me reading?
I’m already a fan of Ms Baggot’s books; her writing style is very easy to read, her plotlines are well thought out and she has a way of creating characters that I connect to.
I loved the depth with which Ms Baggot wrote our two main characters, Eva and Julien in this book; their quirks, fears and hopes made them come to life for me. But, like so many of Ms Baggot’s books, this story isn’t just about Eva and Julien and their romance, we have intermingled storylines and a cast of supporting characters that adds a further splash of realism to this tale’s world without the plot feeling confusing or over-burdened.
So is this a page turner, did the story keep me guessing? The journey had twists and emotional turns a plenty due to the different stories running alongside our main romantic one (e.g. Eva and Deb’s secret reason for being in Paris, Julien’s relationship with his family, etc). Plus the fact that this story is set around Christmas time means that we (the reader) are already in the literary mood to want and easily accept that romance is in the air.
So, were there any downsides?
In a nutshell…
This is a wonderful, feel good contemporary romance novel – perfect reading at Christmas or any time of year! I loved this book!
There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about this story. I was completely engaged with this book, it’s a real page turner, and yes, I did laugh out loud at some of Deb’s comments but if you’re anything like me you’ll shed a few tears along the way too.
I think that this is a wonderful standalone contemporary romance with Ms Baggot’s signature HEA. What more could a girl want! I think fans of romance (with a capital R) and relationship stories of all ages would enjoy this book.
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