Sarah Morgan comes to the blog today with a story of unexpected changes, second chances and expanding your limits in
One Summer in Paris
Grace is a planner and with it being Valentine’s Day she has a wonderful plan: dinner with her husband of twenty-five years, a fabulous long trip to Paris in the summer and all the romance afterward. What she didn’t plan for was David’s announcement of his affair and a subsequent heart attack to round off the drama of her night. At nearly the same time Audrey is struggling through her school exams, planning on never studying again, heading off to Paris and leaving behind her mother’s erratic behavior all hinging on what she’s been drinking that day. Unfortunately, her mother had ‘reformed’ her attitude, a regular repeat occurrence, and cleared out Audrey’s room in her reactionary mood – tossing away much of the clutter but also Audrey’s carefully concealed and saved cash for her trip. Now, while Paris is still an option with a bookshop job that provides a small apartment in return for half-days worked, her funds are more limited than her non-existent French.
Two women in Paris in ways unexpected: Grace reeling from her husband’s betrayals, Audrey trying to keep her head above water and find a second job so she can afford to eat – one that doesn’t require she speak French. A wander to a bookshop on an errand for her grandmother Mimi, Grace is suddenly thrown to the ground – her purse snatched, only to be rescued by a redheaded young girl with tons of attitude and street smarts. Here starts the beginning of a wonderful friendship between the two: Grace understanding Audrey’s learning disability and her background, having lived with an alcoholic mother herself. Audrey is great for Grace in giving her a place to dump her ‘need’ to help and smooth paths, as well as updating her confidence and look – with her skills with hair and makeup, her brash and almost bold approach to life and her surprise that someone as ‘together’ as Grace would be interested in her and her issues. These two display a wonderful friendship – where one is lacking or needs a helping hand, the other steps up – and allows them to open up and share – including when everything goes pear shaped and choices need to be made.
Full of engaging characters and exploration of issues large and small – including a clear presence of ‘hope’ for the future and all the possibilities it could contain: the story is both hard to put down and perfectly escapist. Morgan has done a lovely job of showing relationship dynamics, dysfunction and particularly the need for flexibility when dealing with learning disabilities, as Grace uses pantomime, jewelry, repetition and simple reassurances to help Audrey learn French and recognize her own potential. With the return of lost loves, a new relationship and plenty of Parisian atmosphere, this story is a perfect escape read for everyone in need of a pick-me-up story.
Title: One Summer in Paris
Author: Sarah Morgan
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, France, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: France
Published by: Harlequin HQN
Published on: 9 April, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 45 minutes
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To celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Grace has planned the surprise of a lifetime for her husband—a romantic getaway to Paris. But she never expected he’d have a surprise of his own: he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock but refusing to be broken, a devastated Grace makes the bold decision to go to Paris alone.
Audrey, a young woman from London, has left behind a 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, suddenly a summer spent wandering the cobbled streets alone seems much more likely…until she meets Grace, and everything changes.
Grace can’t believe how daring Audrey is. Audrey can’t believe how cautious newly single Grace is. Living in neighboring apartments above the bookshop, this unlikely pair offer each other just what they’ve both been missing. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding this unbreakable friendship might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.