Saturday, 6 April 2019

Book Review - One Summer In Paris by Sarah Morgan

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Title:  One Summer In Paris
Author: Sarah Morgan
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ
Publication Date: 4th April 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

One charming Left Bank bookshop, two unlikely friends, and a summer in Paris that will change their lives forever…

Grace can’t believe it when her husband of twenty-five years announces he doesn’t want to join her on their anniversary trip to Paris – instead, he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock, Grace makes the bold decision to go on this holiday of a lifetime alone.

Audrey leaves behind heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no money, and no knowledge of the French language, her summer adventure seems doomed to fail. Until she meets Grace, and everything changes…

Living in neighbouring apartments above the bookshop, Grace and Audrey form an unlikely friendship. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding each other might be the best thing that's ever happened to them.

If only I had known how addictive and how much I was going to be pulled into this story, I would have waited to read it for when I could give it my undivided attention.  Well I was intending to read it on holiday, but my finger slipped and once I have a Sarah Morgan open on my kindle, I'm not closing it again until I have read it! 

From very early on, there were many moments that had me giving mini gasps and had me reaching for the next chapter, eager to know what would happen next.  Whenever I wasn't reading One Summer in Paris, I was yearning to find the time to be able to delve back between its pages. 

There are initially what appear to be two very different stories going on, although it soon becomes apparent that they could connect - and the way the two main characters finally meet is definitely memorable and unexpected. 

We have Grace who is in her mid forties, and decides she will go to Paris on her own, after her husband of 25 years announces he has been having an affair.   And we have 18 year old Audrey who is hoping to escape her tricky family situation and spend the summer in Paris. 

It was Audrey's story that resonated more with me, she is incredibly brave to move to a foreign country for a summer, with barely any money, no ability to speak French, and she's got a job in a bookshop, which for reasons of her own is a far from ideal thought.

I really loved seeing how these two ladies grew over their Summer in Paris, and struck up a truly lovely friendship that I really enjoyed seeing how it evolved. 

The book splits its viewpoints between both Audrey and Grace and occasionally we get a chapter focusing on Mimi, Grace's grandma who is French and hasn't been to Paris herself for many years.   I was smiling like a looney when certain things fell into place regarding Mimi. 

I loved the descriptions of Paris, and this wasn't really the main touristy things, but more off the beaten track, and really about having this wonderful French city as a backdrop to the interesting dynamics between Grace and Audrey, and everyone else they come into contact with. 

It's a truly wonderful book, that kept me on my toes, kept me yearning to read more when i needed to do work, and is another marvellous addition to my wow doesn't Sarah Morgan write amazing books list!! 

Thank you to HQ and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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