A Perfect Paris Christmas by Mandy Baggot

A Perfect Paris Christmas by Mandy Baggot

Mandy Baggot returns to the blog with a story of family, grief, finding yourself and of course, Paris with  

A Perfect Paris Christmas  

One cab ride can change your life, as Keeley knows intimately. Nearly losing her own life, her sister and gaining a second chance from an unknown organ donor left her with plenty of mixed emotions and feeling stuck. Her parents, understandably, are constantly worried for her, while mentions of her beloved sister Bea sends her mother into a flurry of ‘busy work’ as she seeks to ignore the crushing grief.  But an email inquiry stating her donor’s family would like to meet – and everything starts.  

Ferne was traveling when she was killed in a car accident, but her mother and she had long before discussed the ‘gift’ of organ donation – with her kidney being a match for Keeley, the path was clear for Sylvie. But now, with time having passed and Sylvie wanting to know more – perhaps even to see if the person who received her daughter’s kidney was ‘worthy’, she made an offer. All expenses paid (including luxury accommodations) for Keeley and one other to meet. When Sylvie tells her son and their ‘adopted all but legally’ son Ethan of her plan – Ethan is floored and totally unreceptive.  

Keeley and her best friend Rachel head to Paris – and here’s where the story takes flight. From Ethan and Keeley ‘running into’ one another repeatedly – neither truly knowing who the other was, to Keeley’s own growth and working through her issues, to her parents’ finally dealing with their own grief (granted her mother had more ‘busy work’ lined up) but all of the pieces fit. Sylvie was honestly impressed with Keeley – her kindness, her way of looking at the world, and it was to her credit that she shared Ferne with Keeley – not expecting anything in return but receiving both reassurances that Keeley was “worth’ her own grief and loss, but the strength that her family showed, and the small ‘similarities’ between the two women. Of course, the Ethan/Keeley connection was aided with the inclusion of another ‘street child’ who recognized the same in him – and the connections, Ethan learning to ‘attach’ to someone else after feeling so broken with Ferne’s death – the only person he truly trusted – the story leads in multiple revelations for all involved, and each person’s quandary feels plausible.  

Perhaps because we will soon be facing the ‘need for a transplant’ here at home, and have experienced many of the ‘questions’ about what is or is not ‘allowed’ in terms of diet and travel, that arc in the story felt very present to me. And how you cannot love the way, lovingly and sweetly, Baggot introduces a ‘hidden Paris’ – one known only to locals and full of joyous memories for me. There is a feeling and a flair to the stories and characters we meet through Baggot’s stories – and for me – this makes it all the more special and a favorite for the laughs, the growth and the feelings of hope that fit this story firmly in the Christmas spirit.  

A Perfect Paris Christmas by Mandy Baggot

Title: A Perfect Paris Christmas
Author: Mandy Baggot
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, France, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: France
Published by: Aria
ISBN: 9781838933449
Published on: 3 September, 2020
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 378
Rated: five-stars
Heat: One Flame

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United in grief. Pushed apart by tragedy.

Keeley Andrews knows more than anyone that you only live once. So when she receives an invitation to spend two weeks in Paris, all expenses paid, she jumps at the chance.

Ethan Bouchard has had the worst eighteen months of his life. He's ready to give up on everything, including his hotel chain. So when he meets Keeley, it simply isn't the right time.

As Keeley and Ethan continue to bump into each other on the romantic Parisian streets, they can't help but wonder whether this is fate telling them to let go of the past and leap into the future...

Head to Paris this Christmas and fall in love under the lights of the Eiffel Tower with best-selling author, Mandy Baggot.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Mandy Baggot

Mandy Baggot is an award-winning romance writer represented by The Kate Nash Literary Agency.

The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016.

Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1's Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor.

Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

 

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