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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.
One Christmas in Paris by Mandy Baggot is my first holiday-themed book this year and it is set in Paris. Can it get better than that? The story begins with Ava and Debs right before they go to Paris. The two women are at a point in their lives where a trip to Paris seems like the perfect idea.
The story is narrated through two perspectives with Ava and Julien as the main narrators and characters. We get to see their lives before they meet. We get to know what was going on especially with their complicated family backgrounds. At first, the narratives are told interchangeably through the chapters. However, once the two characters meet, the POVs alternate within the same chapters. This was really good. You sort of get the two perspectives on the two characters especially on each other and everything else around them.
I love Paris. It sounds like such a beautiful place and I am so glad that the setting was a key feature of this story. The culture and the food were predominant in the story. Ava develops a love for camembert and plus the couple was always meeting at the restaurants and sampling different French dishes. The landmarks too were at the background of the story. I got to know about Place Des Voges and Seine. Other landmarks like The Eiffel Tower were also mentioned. I liked the fact that one of the main characters was a tourist and the other one a native so the descriptions of the settings were more detailed. In addition, Julien was a photographer trying to capture the beauty of Paris. The setting was definitely the perfect fit for the story.
There were a number of conflicts in the story that made it interesting by creating some tension. This book wasn’t just about a couple that meets and connects in Paris. It is about family, grief, friendship and romance. There is also a theme revolving around the devastation that took place in Paris. The Paris attacks come up and hence the theme of healing and finding beauty in the ashes that remained.
This has all the makings of a great book. The imagery is wonderful. I have never been to Paris or even seen snow (apart from on TV) but I could picture it all. The story took me to Snowy Paris for Christmas. The flow of the narrative is effortless. The characters are not one dimensional; they are also charming, easy to relate with and funny. And then there is Paris, the landmarks, the food and the culture.
One Christmas in Paris by Mandy Baggot is a wonderful read. If you are in the mood for a holiday-themed, feel-good, Christmassy book then you should check this one out. If you like Paris and all things French then this one is for you. Lovers of the romance genre will also enjoy this book.
Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this review copy.
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