One Christmas in Paris by Mandy Baggot
They say Paris is the City of Love, so bring your je ne sais quoi and don’t forget the mistletoe! Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold and the scent of spiced wine is all around, 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, watch lamplight glittering on the river Seine, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men ... Until they cross paths with handsome, 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 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 amongst the cobbled streets of 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.
Such lovely descriptions of Paris - it made me wish I was back there! The author clearly knows and loves the city and she did a fantastic job of evoking atmosphere.
The story was certainly a feel-good one and I really enjoyed the play of emotion between the two major characters. I liked the way they grew and developed through the novel, and how they overcame their problems.
I particularly liked the postie body image portrayed in the book and that it had a message.
The only jarring note was the way Deb's said "totes" all the time - I found I was looking for it and each time she said the word, I was jolted out of the story for a while.
There was a fair bit of repetition of certain things and I did find myself skimming over the bits that had been previously explained, but it didn't affect my enjoyment too much.
About the Author
Mandy Baggot is an award-winning romance writer represented by The Kate Nash Literary Agency. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1's Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters. Visit Mandy’s website at http://www.mandybaggot.com/