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Christmas in Paris by Anita Hughes

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hughes will fill your heart with the sights, sounds, and flavors of new love, glamorous fashion, and decadent holiday cuisine.

Isabel Lawson is standing on the balcony of her suite at the Hotel Crillon as she gazes at the twinkling lights of the Champs Elysee and wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. She was supposed to be visiting the Christmas tree in the Place de la Concorde, and eating escargots and macaroons with her new husband on their honeymoon. But a week before the wedding, she called it off. Isabel is an ambitious Philadelphia finance woman, and Neil suddenly decided to take over his grandparents’ farm. Isabel wasn’t ready to trade her briefcase for a pair of rubber boots and a saddle.

When Neil suggested she use their honeymoon tickets for herself, she thought it would give her a chance to clear her head. That is until she locks herself out on the balcony in the middle of winter. Thankfully her neighbor Alec, a French children’s illustrator, comes to her rescue. He too is nursing a broken heart at the Crillon for the holidays. With a new friend by her side, Isabel is determined to use her time in the city of lights wisely. After a chance encounter with a fortune teller and a close call with a taxi, she starts to question everything she thought was important.

Christmas in Paris is a moving and heartwarming story about love, trust, and self-discovery. Set during the most magical week of the year, the glorious foods and fashions of the most romantic city in the world are sure to take your breath away.

Goodreads Summary

If there's one thing I can't imagine doing when planning a wedding it's...calling it off. In a way, Isabel is brave because she actually calls off the wedding despite it being only a week away. In another way, she's selfish because her main reasoning is not wanting to go from living in the city to working on a farm. I would think if you truly loved someone that that would not necessarily be a deal breaker. Neil is an extremely nice and kind man and...her ex-fiance, but he also suggests that she use their honeymoon tickets on herself. Isabel takes him up on his deal and flies to France, the land of cheese, fine wine, and sweet romance.

Isabel's character would have been fine if it has not been for her selfish streak. However, her selfish streak led her to the exotic locale of France! I loved the rich descriptions and could picture myself there. This book reinforced my desire to visit France some day soon. I loved Alec. Isabel and him were two peas in a pod; they were both recovering from break ups. Their snappy and humorous dialogue helped make the book more enjoyable and I did like the author's upbeat writing style. 

3 1/2 Stars

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