Wednesday, May 2, 2018

REVIEW of Paris Ever After by K.S.R. Burns

Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Amazon Digital Services

Can Amy’s rocky start in Paris turn into a happy ever after?

Amy didn’t realize how stale her life was until she jetted off to Paris without telling a soul—not even her husband—and had the adventure of a lifetime. Now as she tries to establish herself in the City of Light, she finds that despite a fun (and quirky) group of friends and the ability to indulge in French pastries whenever she wants, reinventing her life is much harder than she imagined.

Then on Amy’s thirtieth birthday, two unexpected visitors leave her wondering if she will soon be saying au revoir to Paris and the new life she’s struggled to build. Her estranged husband, Will, shows up—but is he interested in reconciliation or separation? And a young woman who arrives on Amy’s doorstep unleashes chaos that could push Amy out into the street.

As Amy’s Parisian dream starts to fall apart, she must decide: return to the stability of Will and Phoenix (if that’s even still an option) or forge her way forward in Paris? Amid secrets and surprises, set in enchanting gardens, cozy cafés, and glittering Parisian streets, Amy must choose between two very different worlds. And each has a claim on her heart.

My Thoughts...

Amy turns 30 in Paris, doesn't that sound wonderful.   It is.   Amy ran away to Paris and met the most wonderful woman who took her in like Amy was her daughter.    She found a job that she enjoyed, friends that she wanted to spend time with, and then she found out she was pregnant.   She tried to tell her estranged husband but he refused to answer any of her attempts.     Then she sees him, at the hotel she had stayed at, and she wonders what he wants and if he came to get her, to win her back over.     

Amy is a strong character and was able to take what was thrown at her without really losing a step.     There were a few twists that I wondered if her reaction was realistic.   The fact that her husband shows up, finds out she is pregnant, and then proceeds to just spend time with her without having an important conversation seemed off to me but Amy just went on with life.   Maybe more of us should be that easy going but I do believe most people would question their husband about their intentions.     There were a few other happenings that made me go HMM... is that real.

The setting of Paris is one of my favorites.    I love hearing about the sites, the great cafes, the beautiful cathedrals, and the wonderful sounds of Paris.   Every time I read a book in this setting I hope that it takes me to a place that I haven't been and someday hope to visit.    K.S.R. Burns is talented with her words and is able to transport her readers to a wonderful city. 

There are a few side stories, a friend now being who they seem and a stranger showing up and pushing Amy out of her comfort area, that kept the story interesting.  I liked that they added an additional twist to a story that seemed to be heading down the path I expected it to.

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