Perfect escape | One Christmas in Paris

Mandy Baggot has always had the energy, the motivation and the skill to entertain her readers and there’s not one story that I haven’t enjoyed.  I didn’t think anything could top last year’s Christmas story from Lady B but One Christmas in Paris is … THE BEST YET!

Christmas in Paris

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 1507 KB

Print Length: 394 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1786810816

Publisher: Bookouture; 1 edition (7 Oct. 2016)

Language: English

ASIN: B01L0S6B3U

How many croissants does it take to mend a broken heart?

Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex.

Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men… Until they cross paths with sizzling hot, oh-so-mysterious photographer Julien, with his French accent and hazelnut eyes that seem to see right inside her.

Ava can’t ignore the intense chemistry between them, but she can’t help but feel he’s hiding something. Her fingers have been burned before and she can’t forget it, especially when her ex, Leo, starts texting again. Can Ava really trust Julien – and what exactly is his secret?

Will Ava go home with a broken heart, or will she find true love in Paris?

Join Ava and Julien in the most romantic city in the world this Christmas, as they discover the importance of being true to themselves, and learn how to follow their hearts.

One Christmas in Paris is a gorgeous, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy – perfect for fans of Jane Costello, Miranda Dickinson and Lucy Diamond.

Review

It’s always the books you enjoy the most that are the hardest to share your thoughts about …

Ava, with her recently failed relationship and living her life to the prescript of her mother, is a fabulously flawed character who drew me in from the very first chapter.  Off to Paris with best friend Debs to escape her latest let down she finds out there’s more to Debs’ trip to Paris than she let on.

A scene in Paris with Julien, his father Gerard and step-mother-to-be Vivienne left me in no doubt that this is a family separated by their loss.  Not knowing how to get out of the dark pit and directing their anger and frustration at each other,  it seemed as if nothing would make a difference.  Even Julien’s best friend Didier hasn’t been able to motivate him …

… and then in steps Ava.  Or rather steps out of the hotel arguing with Leo on her phone and Julien picks up his camera, snapping away at Ava’s expressions.

Both Ava and Julien narrate.  I loved Ava’s zest for life and her optimism.  A great balance to Julien’s balanced approach.  Mandy Baggot skillfully draws out their complexities along with their hopes and dreams making them characters all readers will be able to identify with.  Their friendship and romance took me on a journey of emotions.

Debs is a fab character too.  Her mission leads her and Ava into some madcap situations …

Some of my favourite scenes are where Julien shows Ava his Paris.   Not just the Christmas markets but a different perspective of the Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Luxembourg Quarter … such fabulous settings.  I have to mention Eva’s enjoyment of the food.  My taste buds were tingling!   The sights, sounds, smells and taste totally drew me in.  I feel as if I’ve been on holiday!

One Christmas in Paris is much more than a romance read.  Mandy Baggot also tackles things that affect us socially such as the Paris attacks, body image and those responsibilities we give ourselves to please others.  One of the most important messages for me is making sure that whatever you feel passionate about must be an integral part of your life, being true to who you are.

One Christmas in Paris has all the feels and I can guarantee will uplift your mood.  You’ll be thinking about the story a long time after you’ve turned that final page.

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Married with two sons in their early 20’s, by day I’m an Inclusion Lead in a local school. I recharge my batteries by reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet.

I’ve been blogging for six years, four of those years exclusively about the literary world and during that time awarded Romance Blogger of the Year at the inaugural Festival of Romance. I’m enjoying the freedom of lifestyle blogging and sharing my love of anything that makes life easier! As well as a lover of words, I’m a stationery addict and lifelong learner.

I feel passionate about early help for special educational needs, disability and families who are struggling. I’m a member of my local Early Help Operational Board and it’s an honour to be working alongside others to instigate change and growth.