Jojo Moyes is "un des meilleurs"
October 18, 2016
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and After You, a sensational collection featuring the title novella and eight other stories. Quintessential Jojo Moyes, Paris 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 vintage Moyes--as are the other stories that round out the collection.
What I love about the main character Nell:
- Her analytical mind
- That she makes lists and spreadsheets before making ANY decisions
- Her instincts for personal safety
- That she throws it all out the window and learns to take risks
I relate to Nell, but I am not nearly as neurotic. 🙂 I like to make lists and I write a lot of my thoughts down. I also am distrustful of strange people and strange places. I am the friend that didn’t fully let loose at the party, and played mother-hen to those around her.
Back to Nell. The poor girl is so restricted by her need to plan every aspect of her life. She weighs the pros and cons and applies a risk assessment to all decisions. Naturally this is the perfect time to be alone in Paris for a weekend. She finds the strength to live wildly in a foreign place with people she’s just met. Nell finds that romantic dream that many girls have about Paris; accidentally finding a gorgeous man and having an adventure.
This book is actually a compilation of short stories. So if you think you’re too busy to read Paris for One, you’re wrong. 😉 Read it, then set it down for a bit, and pick it back up one short story at a time.
If you find yourself wondering if you’re too reserved in your own love life, consider these words of wisdom from Nell’s mother Lillian:
“Your ovaries aren’t going to stay useful forever. It’s like buying those supermarket peaches that are meant to ripen at home. One minute they’re hard, and the next minute they’re all wrinkled and only fit for the trash.”
Kristin lives in the PNW with her husband, and three kids. She loves to read YA fiction, fantasy, and romance. She’s recently entered the world of “Booktok” on Tiktok, and is having way too much fun following the trends of young folks. The only shows she watches are re-runs, and if she’s not reading a book she’s listening to one.