Release date: April 9, 2019
Genre: Women’s Fiction
To celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Grace has planned the surprise of a lifetime for her husband—a romantic getaway to Paris. But she never expected he’d have a surprise of his own: he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock but refusing to be broken, a devastated Grace makes the bold decision to go to Paris alone.
Audrey, a young woman from London, has left behind a heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no money and no knowledge of the French language, suddenly a summer spent wandering the cobbled streets alone seems much more likely…until she meets Grace, and everything changes.
Grace can’t believe how daring Audrey is. Audrey can’t believe how cautious newly single Grace is. Living in neighboring apartments above the bookshop, this unlikely pair offer each other just what they’ve both been missing. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding this unbreakable friendship might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them…
If you’re like me and have always dreamed of spending a summer in Paris but can’t ever quite make it work then this sweet book may be the next best thing! Not only was I totally captivated by both of the main characters and their individual stories, I felt truly swept away to Paris myself.
This is told from both Grace and Audrey’s point of view as they are both at a sort of a crossroads in their lives. Although they are years and miles apart living totally different lives, when they have a chance encounter in Paris they quickly realize they actually have many things in common. I love stories about unlikely friendships and Morgan did a fantastic job at creating two distinctly opposite characters who actually balance each other out perfectly. I think any woman could relate to this one on some level, Grace is experiencing some difficulties in her marriage and the prospect of her only child leaving for college and Audrey is just eighteen and dealing with so much more than any teenager should be, so you see struggles that both young and more mature women may be dealing with. Seeing them both grow and learn from each other over one single summer was really sweet and they both had my full attention, I was wholeheartedly invested in these two.
Morgan is one of my favorite authors, and for good reason, she always creates characters that resonate with me on some level and then she has this great mix of lighthearted fun and thoughtful depth that just pulls me in. Throw in a gorgeous setting and some light romance and I’m truly happy and satisfied. Highly recommended for spring/summer reading!
One Summer in Paris in three words: Heartfelt, Poignant and Captivating
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.