“‘You don’t ever do something just because it makes you feel good?’ The assistant shrugs. ‘Mademoiselle, you need to spend more time in Paris.’”
Hello everybody! So I recently decided to plop down and read another Jojo Moyes book. I’ve had a bit of a hit-and-miss history with Jojo Moyes novels. I was a huge fan of Me Before You, which left me in actual tears, but The Girl You Left Behind didn’t really leave the same mark on me. Still, I’m a sucker for anything set in Paris, so I thought I’d give her another go.
Paris For One is a short story about an English woman named Nell who plans to go on a weekend-long holiday to Paris with her boyfriend. She’s absolutely devastated when she arrives and discovers that her boyfriend has stood her up. Instead of returning home, she decides to stick it out and her once romantic trip turns into a journey of self-discovery in the City of Light.
Ahh, Paris. The City of Light. And of love, too, for that matter. It seems that Paris has always been the centre of romance, especially when it comes to novels. I can’t even lie, I love it. Going into this novel, I was really excited to see what Jojo Moyes would bring to the game. I gotta say, I really liked it. It might have just been the ‘adventuring in Paris’ part, but whatever it was, this book really pulled at my heartstrings.
I felt like I could really identify with Nell, which was what really gave me a strong connection to the novel. Like me, Nell is a bit reserved, a bit sheltered - not really one to be adventurous at all. She’s comfortable with her day-to-day life and doesn’t really want to push past her boundaries. But Paris For One is a story about finding yourself and finding your independence. That really inspired me.
As for the other short stories included… meh. I hate to say it, but they didn’t really give me the same feeling that Paris For One did. Of all the stories, I think the two I liked best were Between The Tweets and The Christmas List. But the rest just didn’t do it for me. I did like that they were included though because I think that on it’s own, Paris For One was a bit too short to be a novel y’know??
Have you read Paris For One? Did you like the other stories?
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