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Paris Ever After: A Novel af K. S. R. Burns
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Paris Ever After: A Novel (udgave 2018)

af K. S. R. Burns (Forfatter)

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#1 Amazon Best-Selling Author in Women's Fiction 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. Amid secrets and surprises, set in enchanting gardens, cozy caf s, and glittering Parisian streets, Amy must choose between two very different worlds. And each has a claim on her heart. 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? "Magnifique The surprise-filled narrative is smart, wry and poignant. Five stars " - Patricia Sands, author of the best-selling Love in Provence series "An entertaining read for Francophiles, foodies, and romantics." - Kirkus Reviews, Best Indie Book July 2018 Book club discussion guide included. Interview with the Author Paris Ever After is a standalone sequel to The Paris Effect. So I don't need to read The Paris Effect first? Each book can be enjoyed on its own, but like a caf cr me and macaron, they go great together. Both stories take you on a journey through Amy's Paris, a Paris few casual tourists ever see. But each story has its own surprising, often unpredictable path of self-discovery as Amy struggles to confront the challenges being thrown at her. What inspired you to write the book? Readers made me write it I was privileged to be invited to more than a dozen book clubs that had read The Paris Effect, and it was unanimous: People really wanted to know what happened next. Their questions got me thinking, one idea led to another, and voil , a new book was born. And spending more (virtual) time in Paris was not exactly a hardship. The next best thing to being in Paris is writing-or reading-about it I love books about Paris Will I like this one? I believe so But this isn't your typical Paris novel. It has touches of chick lit but at its core it's women's fiction: Amy must determine "the right thing" and find the courage to do it. She's pushed and pulled by the other people in her life, and by her own passions and compunctions, but in the end the decision is all hers. You could also say it's a love story-Amy's love for her new friend Margaret, for her best (and lost) friend Kat, for her husband (in spite of all that's happened between them), for her unborn child, for Paris, and a new love. Many books have been written about Paris. What sets yours apart? Who doesn't like a Paris love story? Paris is the ultimate dream destination, and it's truly as beautiful and romantic as it's cracked up to be But as Amy learns, it's also a multilingual, multinational metropolis of street hustlers, diesel fumes, and pickpockets. Throughout both books, Amy gets to know the real Paris. And so will you. Thanks for reading… (mere)
Medlem:yafa2218
Titel:Paris Ever After: A Novel
Forfattere:K. S. R. Burns (Forfatter)
Info:Velvet Morning Press (2018), 257 pages
Samlinger:Read and Own
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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An easy, light read about an impulse trip to Paris that helps the protagonist get through a rocky period in her life. Lots of observations about being a foreigner in France, although she can be a little scatter-brained at times. A quick read for Paris lovers. ( )
  xenalaprincesse | Aug 21, 2020 |
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my review or rating.

Please note that I did not read the first book in this series, "The Paris Effect."


I really loved the cover. Honestly the cover is what made me request this book. Also it's about Paris. I dream of traveling there and eating all the cheese and pastries I can stand. And yet this book made Paris boring. It made Paris an afterthought. I didn't even know that was possible, yet here we are. We have an unlikable main character (Amy) who through ridiculous happenstance manages to come out of the end of this book with a perfect life. It just didn't feel realistic to me at all. The secondary characters were not developed at all (we have Amy's landlord Margaret, her boss/friend Manu, and a random stranger who has befriended them from the last book named Hevre). The writing was not working for me at all. Probably because every five seconds Amy is telling you she has to eat something. And mostly it seems to be cheese and chocolate. I don't know, I just found the whole book boring.

"Paris Ever After" follows Amy as she settles into her new life in Paris. Burns gives readers a quick rundown of Amy's life prior to this book, her best friend died, she fled to Paris without telling her husband (his name is Will) and then Will said they were done and she fled back to Paris. Amy is sort of working (she never seems to show up there) for her friend Manu and also I think runs a blog (it's a throwaway line) and mostly spends most of this book trying to work out what to do when her estranged husband comes to Paris looking to meet up with her and a young woman who has ties to Manu and Margaret also appears.

I found Amy childish to the extreme in this book. She is about to turn 30 (and eventually does during the timeline of this book) but acts like she's 3. Will shows up in Paris, but she spends most of the time either hiding from her (she wants him to make an effort to talk to her) and then following him around Paris without him seeing her. I wish I was joking. She acts entitled and doesn't even seem to get the part she has played in their marriage falling apart. I wish that I could say that I at least had sympathy for Will, but nope, he's a jerk in a whole other way. I just find it hard to read books when I don't have anyone to root for. And when you have an unlikable main character you start to wonder why you are even bothering. Unless I am reading a "Gone Girl" type book, I want my romance novels to actually have a heroine I don't want to throttle.

The other characters read as stereotypical French people. Hevre acts spoiled (he's a Baron) though you have to be pretty obtuse to not pick up on the fact that something that way doesn't pass the smell test. I didn't care an iota about Manu. He was just there. Margaret got on my nerves and what Burns did with her character didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I just chalked it up to plot reasons and let it go.

The writing didn't work at all. The book felt like it was scrambling to me to have something interesting to say. Amy barely does a thing besides traipse from scene to scene with people falling all over themselves letting her stay with them. If that's true I need to go to Paris as quick as possible.

The flow didn't work either. You have an overall plot with Amy and Will, but there are two other side plots happening in this book and it takes until the very end to wrap those up as well as Amy and Will.

The book takes place in Paris though Paris barely feels alive in this book. We do have a scene where Amy takes Will around Paris and that is about it. I still didn't get a great sense of Paris or why Amy is so happy living there (besides the fact she managed to just live rent free with people and have everyone concerned about her well-being at all times).

The ending was too pat and not believable at all. I won't get into it here since there would have to be spoilers, but let's just say that Amy's life is perfect. I can't see the author revisiting the character again after this book since I think there's nothing left to say. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Fulfilling life long dreams while balancing the realities of life becomes easier if you can appreciate moments of opportunity. This philosophy allowed Amy Brodie to become an active participant in her own life.

The City of Lights. A love affair with one’s own self. Enjoying pleasures in life.

Amy was unsure of where her life was heading when she first stepped foot in Paris. She was living a dream. She was escaping. She was mourning. She was healing.

The second time Amy arrived in Paris, she was just as unsure. That moment of opportunity. The decision to say “yes.” We never know what we’ll see when looking ahead, but we do know what is behind us.

I loved immersing myself into the Parisian life with Amy. I could see myself sitting across from her at a café sipping on café allongé, nibbling on a buttery croissant while watching tourists on the Siene cruise by. I feel quiet. Peaceful. We head to the various shops to purchase fresh bread and produce for dinner. We pick up a bouquet of fragrant flowers to highlight the beauty of simplicity. We are surrounded by friends.

As I fade from existence, I take with me the happiness in knowing Amy is truly cared for. She has found home in the arms of a country thousands of miles from where her life began. Now she can truly thrive. ( )
  Bibliodiction | Apr 5, 2020 |
A trip to Paris without leaving the comforts of home? Yes please! That's exactly what the author delivers and then some!

As I read, I was rooting for Amy to stay in France even though it seemed things were getting tougher by the moment...it seemed her heart was there even if everything else was screaming for escape...and while I wouldn't have taken the leap of faith she did without making William sing first (he said he had news but kept hedging, spill it son!), she did so with her whole heart. I literally wanted to knock the head off of William's scummy shoulders after he finally gave her the big news, or rather she pried it from him (and his suitcase!)...but he'll get what's coming to him eventually; karma likes a challenge. Meanwhile, Manu played a most unexpected role between the start and the finish...I honestly didn't see that transition coming...and Herve, well, let's just say I was surprised, but I wasn't (something didn't quite add up with all those business ventures). I wish I could say I loved Margaret, but the side I saw of her wasn't very likable, nor was that of someone else that I won't mention by name because it will spoil the surprise, but I did actually appreciate the presence of Kat, however "distant" it was. She seemed like someone to know.

After having finished my read through, and taking a step away from the epages, I can more fully appreciate the story as a whole. It was filled with secrets, revelations, final goodbyes, and new beginnings...all of which add up to a surprisingly good read...though I gotta say, I think that it might be better to start with the first to develop that relationship with the characters despite this book's "stand alone" status.


**Copy received for review ( )
  GRgenius | Sep 15, 2019 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Makes me want to go to Paris.... Definitely want to read the first in this series. ( )
  Graham80 | Jan 25, 2019 |
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#1 Amazon Best-Selling Author in Women's Fiction 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. Amid secrets and surprises, set in enchanting gardens, cozy caf s, and glittering Parisian streets, Amy must choose between two very different worlds. And each has a claim on her heart. 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? "Magnifique The surprise-filled narrative is smart, wry and poignant. Five stars " - Patricia Sands, author of the best-selling Love in Provence series "An entertaining read for Francophiles, foodies, and romantics." - Kirkus Reviews, Best Indie Book July 2018 Book club discussion guide included. Interview with the Author Paris Ever After is a standalone sequel to The Paris Effect. So I don't need to read The Paris Effect first? Each book can be enjoyed on its own, but like a caf cr me and macaron, they go great together. Both stories take you on a journey through Amy's Paris, a Paris few casual tourists ever see. But each story has its own surprising, often unpredictable path of self-discovery as Amy struggles to confront the challenges being thrown at her. What inspired you to write the book? Readers made me write it I was privileged to be invited to more than a dozen book clubs that had read The Paris Effect, and it was unanimous: People really wanted to know what happened next. Their questions got me thinking, one idea led to another, and voil , a new book was born. And spending more (virtual) time in Paris was not exactly a hardship. The next best thing to being in Paris is writing-or reading-about it I love books about Paris Will I like this one? I believe so But this isn't your typical Paris novel. It has touches of chick lit but at its core it's women's fiction: Amy must determine "the right thing" and find the courage to do it. She's pushed and pulled by the other people in her life, and by her own passions and compunctions, but in the end the decision is all hers. You could also say it's a love story-Amy's love for her new friend Margaret, for her best (and lost) friend Kat, for her husband (in spite of all that's happened between them), for her unborn child, for Paris, and a new love. Many books have been written about Paris. What sets yours apart? Who doesn't like a Paris love story? Paris is the ultimate dream destination, and it's truly as beautiful and romantic as it's cracked up to be But as Amy learns, it's also a multilingual, multinational metropolis of street hustlers, diesel fumes, and pickpockets. Throughout both books, Amy gets to know the real Paris. And so will you. Thanks for reading

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