One Summer in Paris

One Summer in Paris

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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..." -- Publisher's description.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : HQN, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781335013422
Call Number: FIC MOR
Characteristics: 380 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 1 summer in Paris


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Oct 07, 2019

This was a great book on finding our strength as females, even after trauma. I'd never read anything by the author before, but it am looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.

Aug 27, 2019

Read first 50 or so pages. Predictable story & not terribly well-written at that. Not worth the time with lots of other books waiting to be read.

JCLPiepieB Jul 27, 2019

A perfect summer read! I loved Grace's and Audrey's journeys as their lives intersect during one fateful summer in Paris. Imagine working in a bookshop in return for renting an apartment above the bookshop?! This book packs a whole lot of heart and a whole lot of passion into a gorgeous story with more than one happy ending.

RomanceAddict Jul 24, 2019

Review excerpt: "I’ve read so many of Sarah Morgan’s books, all the way back to when she wrote Harlequin Presents. I don’t like billionaires or captains of industry, but if Morgan wrote them, I was all in. I liked the Harlequins and I liked the longer books she wrote, too.

Unfortunately for me, Morgan is now writing women’s fiction. And women’s fiction isn’t my genre, despite the similarities to romance. But I wanted to try because it’s a Sarah Morgan book. So I read this in an afternoon. I ended up skimming the last third of it because the characters were not that exciting, and because I wanted to know what happened in the end. But when I got there, I was mad about it. The ending requires me to forgive characters I have no interest in forgiving, and glosses over events that I think are too traumatic and too painful."

Jul 16, 2019

A well-written, enjoyable fairy tale where problems are resolved by the end of the story--and they all live happily ever after.

Jun 25, 2019

I've read science-fiction novels that were more believable. For me to enjoy a book, the author needs to pull me in so that I can suspend my disbelief. This book was a waste of time.

Jun 20, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy multi-generational women's fiction. This was a mix of women working through personal and relationship issues with a bit of fluff.

When Grace's daughter is set to graduate, spend the summer in Europe, and then go away for college she is excited to start a new chapter in her life with her husband starting with a summer trip to Paris. As they celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary he tells her that he's been cheating on her with one of her ex-students. When he later asks her for the trip tickets for himself and his new girl friend, Grace decides to go to Paris alone afterall. Her grandmother loved it there and recommended that she visit the city alone and stop by her favorite bookshop. Audrey has just graduated from high school and has been living with the secret of having an alcoholic mother. To top that off she is also dyslexic and struggles with school and hiding her dyslexia. Audrey decides to spend the summer in Paris in hopes of getting away from her mother and their secrets and starting her own life. When Grace's purse is stolen and Audrey accosts Grace's mugger, the two women form an unlikely and powerful friendship. They will each find themselves during their summer in Paris.

I absolutely adored The Christmas Sisters by this author last year, and wanted to give some of her other books a try. As with The Christmas Sisters, this one started a little slowly for me, but really built up a powerful narrative of female growth, family, and friendship. I loved both Grace and Audrey and their unlikely friendship that brought them out of their shells and allowed them to move on in their lives. I liked that this book explored Paris too, that was a very fun atmosphere to read in. While I would not quite classify this as a romance I did enjoy the romantic elements of this story and liked that I didn't see every move coming. While this book ultimately left me feeling hopeful, I love that Morgan's books have a lot of depth to them as well. I would recommend this if you are looking for something that is a good mix of fluff and depth for a summer read.

Tigard_AnnmarieA May 07, 2019

A great escapist "beach read" set in Paris, about the intergenerational friendship and personal growth of middle-aged American Grace, and 18-year-old Londoner Audrey, who meet in a Parisian bookstore and find themselves rescuing each other in different ways. Heartwarming and a fast read.


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