Book Review

‘Christmas in Paris’ by Anita Hughes

sip-ahSTORY: Hughes will fill your heart with the sights, sounds, and flavors of new love, glamorous fashion, and decadent holiday cuisine.

Isabel Lawson is standing on the balcony of her suite at the Hotel Crillon as she gazes at the twinkling lights of the Champs Elysee and wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. She was supposed to be visiting the Christmas tree in the Place de la Concorde, and eating escargots and macaroons with her new husband on their honeymoon. But a week before the wedding, she called it off. Isabel is an ambitious Philadelphia finance woman, and Neil suddenly decided to take over his grandparents’ farm. Isabel wasn’t ready to trade her briefcase for a pair of rubber boots and a saddle.

When Neil suggested she use their honeymoon tickets for herself, she thought it would give her a chance to clear her head. That is until she locks herself out on the balcony in the middle of winter. Thankfully her neighbor Alec, a French children’s illustrator, comes to her rescue. He too is nursing a broken heart at the Crillon for the holidays. With a new friend by her side, Isabel is determined to use her time in the city of lights wisely. After a chance encounter with a fortune teller and a close call with a taxi, she starts to question everything she thought was important.

Christmas in Paris is a moving and heartwarming story about love, trust, and self-discovery. Set during the most magical week of the year, the glorious foods and fashions of the most romantic city in the world are sure to take your breath away.

REVIEW: Isabel Lawson, age 28, is enthralled with Paris at Christmas. Staying at the elegant Hotel de Crillon, she is relishing the ambiance of the city. She and her fiancee, Phil, had been planning the perfect winter wedding with a honeymoon in Paris. But a couple of days before the wedding, they called it off realizing that they just couldn’t agree on everything. With one other broken engagement behind her, Isabel thinks she is just not going to find the right one. Phil suggested that she use the plane tickets and hotel for her dream visit to Paris, so she went on her own.

When Isabel is out on her balcony admiring the lights, she gets locked out. She manages to get the attention of her neighbor in the adjacent room who calls housekeeping to let her in. His name is Alec Braxton and his fiancee has just run off before their planned wedding. Alec is British but has spent most of his life in Paris.

As Isabel and Alec get to know one another, she learns he illustrates for his comic character called Gus. Isabel works in a financial capacity and loves crunching numbers. Even though Isabel spent a summer in Paris during college to study at the Sorbonne, she cannot wait to get out and see all of the sights.

When a fortune teller tells Isabel that she will meet and marry a titled man, she really believes it. So, when she does meet a titled man, she thinks he is truly the one.

Alec is more of an easy-going, down-to-earth sort of guy who soon becomes attracted to Isabel.

Can these two fall for someone so quickly after a breakup?

The humor in the book is great. The fairy tale quality of the novel is that everyone seems to be very rich.

The story literally takes us on a tour of Paris introducing readers to the sights, restaurants, food, shops, and all the different areas of the city. I applaud the author for her attention to detail in portraying these things so well.

This book appealed to me because I lived in Paris for six years and remember all of the beautiful and wonderful things about this truly fabulous city. It gets in your blood and you will always want to return.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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