From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and After You, a sensational collection featuring the title novella and eight other stories. Quintessential Jojo Moyes, Paris for One and Other Stories is an irresistibly romantic collection filled with humor and heart. Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a romantic weekend away—to anywhere—before. Traveling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone—including herself—wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? Funny, charming, and irresistible, Paris for One is vintage Moyes—as are the other stories that round out the collection.
Audiobook, eAudiobook, 6 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Penguin Audio
Four stars: A delightful collection of stories that highlight romance in all different stages.
I picked up Paris for One looking for a nice romantic escape. This was a fun book to read as it featured eight different stories. The first and main attraction: Paris For One is a novella, and it was a joy to read. It is story about a young woman's romantic Paris weekend that has gone terribly wrong until it turns around. I loved the growth and the romance in this one. It stole my heart. I loved watching Nell find her confidence and a new chance at love. This collection of stories is worth reading just to enjoy the romance in Paris For One, plus you are whisked away to Paris. Loved this one: Five Stars.
Between the Tweets is a short story that is a bit ironic. A seasoned broadcaster, past his prime, whose career is declining until a mysterious woman on Twitter claims to have had an affair with him, and she wants him exposed. A lawyer is tasked with getting to the bottom of the Twitter mess, and what she finds is an interesting twist to the story, and just when everything is going to end well, there is a sudden, ironic, surprise ending. Three and half stars.
Love in the Afternoon is a short tale about a couple who have been married for years, and have quit trying as far as love and romance. Then the woman is whisked away on a surprise romantic getaway, which she secretly does not want. The romantic weekend is a bust, and just when it can't get any worse, the woman learns the truth about the trip. Luckily, it has a happy ending. A lesson about not taking your marriage for granted. Three stars.
A Bird in the Hand takes you through an encounter between two former lovers who unexpectedly meet a couple of years after their relationship unexpectedly ended. Once they start talking, they can't deny the attraction still there, underneath the anger, and then the truth comes out about how the relationship ended. Then the woman makes an unexpected choice at the end, which I liked. Three stars.
Crocodile Shoes A funny story about how an accidental mistaken bag switch at a gym bolsters one woman's confidence and changes her life when she is forced to wear a pair of designer shoes. Things suddenly look up for her all because of the shoes: her work, her marriage and her self confidence. Loved the way it ended. Four stars.
Holdups is a bit far fetched but still fun. This story features a young woman working at a jeweler store who suddenly finds herself the victim of a robbery. Then she makes friends with one of her captures and things escalate from here. A funny story but a bit unrealistic. Three and a half stars.
Last Year's Coat: A moral tale featuring a woman who is struggling to make ends meet, but she is blessed with a kind husband and wonderful kids. Still she can't get the lovely coat out of her head in the shop window even though it is out of her budget. She is surrounded at work by hedonistic women, who spend their money on all types of expensive fashion items. Then the woman receives two surprises and she realizes how lucky she is. Four stars.
Thirteen Days with John C is a funny story about a women who finds a cell phone with only one contact: John C. She guiltily reads the incoming texts from John C, and soon she can't help but to answer the texts. After two weeks, she is living in a fantasy world with John C. Then she finally agrees to meet him, planning to tell him the truth that she isn't his Scarlet Woman. The meeting doesn't go as planned, an interesting twist for sure. Four stars.
The Christmas List: A story about a woman in a passionless marriage who is busy scurrying around two days before Christmas trying to find needless things for the holiday, all the while dreading having to spend Christmas with her in laws. Then an unexpected taxi ride makes her see things a little differently. A nice holiday story. Four stars.
Paris for One and Other Stories is an enjoyable collection of romantic stories. Some are sweet and wonderful, while others are a bit prickly. Still, I enjoyed exploring all the different type of relationships. I would highly recommend reading this book for the title novella: Paris For One. This is a nice collection for anytime you want something light and romantic.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.