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That Night In Paris by Sandy Barker


Note to self: don’t sleep with your flatmate after a curry and three bottles of wine… especially if he’s secretly in love with you and wants you to meet his mum.

Cat Parsons is on the run. She doesn’t do relationships. After ten years of singlehood even the hint of the ‘L’ word is enough to get Cat packing her bags and booking herself onto a two-week holiday.

A European bus tour feels like a stroke of genius to dodge awkward conversations at home. But little does Cat realise that the first stop will be Paris, the city of love itself.

Joined by new friends, Cat has got two weeks, eight countries and a hell of a lot of wine ahead of her. As they discover hidden treasures and the camaraderie of life on the road, will Cat find a new way of looking at love?

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A slow burning romance spread across some iconic settings in Western Europe, this book is full of wonderful descriptions. It really doesn't encourage me to join this kind of tour, though.

I say slow burning not because of the time frame (the tour takes place over 14 days), but because Cat and Jean-Luc don't get together until 3/4 of the way through, and although he is talked about, thought about, and makes the occasional appearance, he's very much not in the frame for most of it. Even when they do (no spoilers, thus is a rom com - they are supposed to get together) Cat isn't convinced as to the validity of her feelings which adds a nice bit of tension to the story.

Then there is the issue of the pair of them living in different countries...

About the Author

I'm a writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list. I love exploring new places, outdoor adventures, and eating and drinking like a local when I travel, and many of my travel adventures have found homes in my novels. I'm also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob. My first novel, a romantic comedy set in Greece and inspired by my real-life love story, was published in June 2019 by One More Chapter (HarperCollins). In 2020, two follow-ups to One Summer in Santorini hit the shelves: That Night in Paris in April and A Sunset in Sydney in June. A stand-alone Christmas novel, The Christmas Swap, will be published in October. I am represented by Lina Langlee.

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