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Romance | One Summer in Paris | Sarah Morgan

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If you’re a regular blog reader you’ll know I’ve been a fan of Sarah Morgan since I first discovered her writing in 2015.  I wish I could slow down when I read Sarah’s stories but I become totally engrossed in her characters and their lives and One Summer in Paris is no exception.


One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan (book cover)

One charming bookshop, two unlikely friends, and a summer in Paris that will change their lives forever…

Grace can’t believe it when her husband of twenty-five years announces he doesn’t want to join her on their anniversary trip to Paris – instead, he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock, Grace makes the bold decision to go on this holiday of a lifetime alone.

Audrey leaves behind heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no knowledge of the French language, her summer adventure seems doomed to fail. Until she meets Grace, and everything changes…

Living in neighbouring apartments above the bookshop, Grace and Audrey form an unlikely friendship. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding each other might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them.


One Summer in Paris is published by HQ and is available in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.

Review

Grace, with her tight control on life avoiding chaos but stifling spontaneity, learns so much from Audrey.  David leaving was the best thing that could have happened to her, shaking up her life, pushing her out of routine and safety to discover herself.  I loved watching her make outer changes that reflected what was going on for her on an inner level. 

Audrey, keeping emotions tightly in check and on the outside sassy but on the inside afraid.  Grace’s friendship and care for her opened her heart in ways she didn’t see coming.

90 year old Mimi, grandmother to Grace, hiding her own past and pretending to be strong and independent but wondering if she made the wrong choices in life.

I identified with our three female characters and unusually for me, didn’t have a favourite.  I loved them all!

Once scene surprised me because I hadn’t expected it to go the way I thought it would.  It shows how deep the friendship between Grace and Audrey had become and I loved this.

Sarah Morgan is oh so good at writing intimate scenes and I was pleased we get to experience these still in One Summer in Paris. 🙂  Phillipe and Etienne are excellent characters, both bringing so much to the story.

The setting is of course magnificent.  I felt as if I was in Paris that summer, walking alongside our characters and experiencing everything they did. 

There are a couple of quotes I want to share. 

One from Audrey made me laugh, she hates books and when she meets Etienne in the bookshop:

<snip>, some girls faked orgasms.  She was going to have to fake book interest.

And this little nugget of wisdom from Grace:

Better to hope for the best and deal with the worst, than expect the worst and miss the best.

Running through the story there is a deeper theme.  Peer pressure, mental health and misuse are all tackled with realism and sensitively.

One last note.  If I had read this when I was younger and had a more idealised approach to life, I would have hated the ending for Grace.  However, with age, I felt her dilemma and understood her thought processes.  I thought she made the right decision. 

One Summer in Paris is a story that is full of powerful emotions.  It’s a page turner that will take you away to another place and you may experience things you didn’t think you ever would.  Highly recommended.

One Summer in Paris Sarah Morgan quote

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Sarah Morgan is a Sunday Times and USA Todaybestselling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She has sold over 16 million copies of her books, and her trademark humour and warmth have gained her fans across the globe.  Her books have been translated into 28 languages and have earned her starred reviews from Publishers WeeklyBooklist and Library Journal.

Sarah lives near London, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves spending time outdoors, walking or riding her mountain bike. She frequently stops to take photographs, much to the annoyance of her family.

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Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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