Friday, 12 February 2016

Book Review - Love From Paris by Alexandra Potter - Paris Weekend

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Title: Love From Paris
Author: Alexandra Potter
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Hodder
Publication Date: 24th September 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

How far would you go for love?
When new boyfriend Jack stands her up at the airport, Ruby Miller dries her tears, jumps on the Eurostar and heads to Paris. She thinks she's going there to visit an old friend and have a total break from romance. But the City of Love has other ideas.
A locked apartment where time has stood still, a bundle of long-lost love letters and a flirtatious French lawyer sweep Ruby into a mystery that spans over seventy years. Who is the author of the letters? Why did the owner of the apartment close up the shutters and flee Paris before the war, never to return? And what secret was she hiding?
As the mystery deepens, Ruby turns love detective but it's not long before the ghosts of the past throw her own love affair into jeopardy.

Love From Paris is a beautifully written, very romantic novel, and yet most of the romance is not for the main character, Ruby which makes a change. This is also the sequel to The Love Detective, but can easily be read as a standalone, as all the references to India are from the first book, and give you enough information to know some background. 

There is an incredibly romantic love story at the heart of this book, but there is a great mystery surrounding the finding and outcome of reading some long lost love letters. But before Ruby even gets to Paris to become the Love Detective once more, first she has her own relationship to deal wtih. 

Unfortunately for Ruby, she is stood up at the airport, waiting for boyfriend Jack to arrive. When she discovers this she is very upset, and after talking to her best friend in Paris, goes homes, grabs her passport and dog, and jumps on the Eurostar, to spend a week in the city of love. 

When Ruby is posing as Harriet's assistant, she meets Xavier, a gorgeous French lawyer and as circumstances mean they are thrown together in the same space a few times, will Ruby's love for Jack stay strong, or will she be tempted. 

I loved Alexandra Potter's descriptions of Paris, and although you don't see too much of the main tourist attractions, there is good French food, a lovely bookshop, and some off the beaten track places, that add to the character of the city. 

It is only right that Ruby who is a romance writer, gets to visit such a romantic city, even if she doesn't have her boyfriend with her. 

Love From Paris is a book you can lose yourself in, and find yourself deep within France. I felt compelled to keep on reading as the mystery involved in the love letters really drew me in, and I just had to know what the outcome was going to be. And if you are a bit more of a softie than me, you may need hankies by the end of the book. 

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