A poignant, warmly feminine depiction of food, love, friendship and the beautiful mess that is life.
Set in the glittering city of Paris, “Paris Ever After” serves up an intimate narrative of main character Amy Brodie’s world. Filled with teasing descriptions of gastronomic delights, pretty places and unexpected surprises, this novel makes for a full read from beginning to end.
Through this American woman’s eyes, we explore some light and wrenching themes – friendship, romance, grief, loss, redemption, desires, home, responsibility, letting go. For the hedonists among us, the backdrop against which these are brought to light will provide further pleasure … that of the magical (if only in our imagination) city Paris, and delicious food. A mug of cafe au lait and a madeleine or two will pair well with your reading of “Paris Ever After”.
Life is a strong, delicate tapestry and choices are not always easy. Yet the largely likeable ‘cast’ in this story reminds us that with some good food and company, all is not lost. If, like me, you aren’t an avid fiction reader, you may find yourself struggling a little at first with trying to place ‘who’s who’ and immerse yourself in a ‘fictitious story’. Then you may, like me, find yourself rooting after all for who they are … and who they can be. Flaws, idiosyncracies and all.
While I have yet to read the prequel “The Paris Effect”, I feel “Paris Ever After” works well as a standalone story too.
Merci beaucoup to Karen Burns for the wonderful opportunity to review “Paris Ever After”. :-)
“Paris Ever After” is due to be released on 1 May, 2018!
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Synopsis as laid out on Karen Burns’s website:
Can Amy’s rocky start in Paris turn into a happy ever after?
Amy didn’t realize how stale her life was until she jetted off to Paris without telling a soul—not even her husband—and had the adventure of a lifetime. Now as she tries to establish herself in the City of Light, she finds that despite a fun (and quirky) group of friends and the ability to indulge in French pastries whenever she wants, reinventing her life is much harder than she imagined.
Then on Amy’s thirtieth birthday, two unexpected visitors leave her wondering if she will soon be saying au revoir to Paris and the new life she’s struggled to build. Her estranged husband, Will, shows up—but is he interested in reconciliation or separation? And a young woman who arrives on Amy’s doorstep unleashes chaos that could push Amy out into the street.
As Amy’s Parisian dream starts to fall apart, she must decide: return to the stability of Will and Phoenix (if that’s even still an option) or forge her way forward in Paris? Amid secrets and surprises, set in enchanting gardens, cozy cafés, and glittering Parisian streets, Amy must choose between two very different worlds. And each has a claim on her heart.
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