REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Paris For One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

Paris For One & Other Stories was just released in paperback, and in celebration, I am giving away two paperback copies (unsigned & US Only)! It’s super simple to enter; all you have to do is go to the blog Facebook page and enter the post pertaining to the giveaway!

Standalone; features a novella & many short stories

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♦BLURB♦

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and After YouParis 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 quintessential Jojo Moyes—as are the other stories that round out the collection.

 

♦4-STAR REVIEW♦

In a collection filled with many delightful stories, Paris for One & Other Stories gives readers a wide array of tales from the romantic to plucky and scandalous to the everyday and beyond. There was such a fantastically full breadth of scale between them that there wasn’t a moment of feeling any of them were similar, and even though they were short, each packed a particular punch.

Nell, I think, inhabits the characteristics that a lot of us may have in her strong sense of dependability and need for stability. She’s carefully planned in everything she does, and one such kerfuffle can throw her into an unstoppable tailspin. Reading her story will feel very close to home for some, and I enjoyed the way that Moyes didn’t quickly change her; instead there was a sense of organic growth that developed within her as the story went on, and it wasn’t without her falling back into those safe waters when it became too scary. In a realistic way, she blossomed and expanded into a deeper part of herself, and because it was set in the the most romantic city of the world it felt even bigger than it was. Though it may be a novella, Paris for One felt whole, fleshed out, and with vivid characters, all bringing together a very romantic love story.

As the other stories are best gone into blind, I won’t be detailing those. What I will say, though, is that this was such a fun read all the way through. Moyes really hit on some key points in her stories, starkly touching on issues in marriage and age and sense of self. Paris for One & Other Stories was more than just a book with love stories; it’s empowering and gives light to the sometimes scary inner thoughts woman have as they age by showing that they aren’t alone (and honestly that is pretty darn powerful).

 

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes’ novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.

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