Friday, 4 November 2016

Book Review ~ One Christmas in Paris by Mandy Baggot



TITLE - One Christmas in Paris

AUTHOR - Mandy Baggot

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They say Paris is the City of Love, so bring your je ne sais quoi and don’t forget the mistletoe!

Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold and the scent of spiced wine is all around, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex.

Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, watch lamplight glittering on the river Seine, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men ... Until they cross paths with handsome, mysterious photographer Julien with his French accent and hazelnut eyes that seem to see right inside her.

Ava can’t ignore the intense chemistry between them, but her fingers have been burned before and she can’t forget it, especially when her ex, Leo, starts texting again. Can Ava really trust Julien – and what exactly is his secret?

Will Ava go home with a broken heart, or will she find true love amongst the cobbled streets of Paris?

Join Ava and Julien in the most romantic city in the world this Christmas, as they discover the importance of being true to themselves, and learn how to follow their hearts.

BOOK REVIEW


For those that have come to know me (I suppose you can also tell by my blog name), I love to travel. My favourite City so far, in Europe, is Paris. So to come across one of my favourite chic lit authors, Mandy Baggot, writing a new book based in Paris, this made me a very happy reader.

When an author writes about a place I love, it brings wonderful memories alive. One Christmas in Paris was no exception thanks to the main characters Ava and Julien.

Ava joins her best friend Debs in Paris. Ava has an over-bearing Mother who seems to want to control Ava's life. She also has an ex, Leo, who cheated on her. As a last minute decision, she jumps on the train to Paris with Debs who has a work assignment there, without telling anyone she was going. Debs wants to cheer her friend up in the beautiful and romantic city, and who knows, Ava may even find love again.


Summing it up in one sentence " I loved this book!". I had read a lot of thrillers lately and was needing a break from mayhem and murder and this was just the book I needed. Paris came alive with the descriptive writing of the sights and sounds of the City. It shows that the author did some great research. I have been there several times and I'm very familiar with the tourist areas of the city. My memories of Paris came flooding back, except this time I was seeing it through Ava's eyes.

This was a beautiful and heart warming story with beautiful characters that kept me up reading until 3.30am! It is the perfect book to curl up with in front of the Christmas tree, with a nice mug of hot chocolate. It's just that kind of novel. A must read and not just for chic lit lovers.


What others are saying about Mandy Baggot's  books.

I adored every single second … goes straight to the "My Favourites" shelf and is going to stay there FOR EVER … 10 stars out of 5.’ On My Bookshelf

I LOVED THIS BOOK … it's warm, sweet, romantic, likeable, cosy - just the perfect book to curl up on the couch in front of an open fire with. Gorgeous.’ Behind Green Eyes

If you love Christmas, and are looking for a book that will fit with absolute perfection, this is the book for you. I really loved it … so many laugh-out-loud moments … will have you laughing at the memory long after you've put the book down.’ Being Anne Reading

Leaves you with a lovely warm glow in your heart and a tear in your eye.’ Sincerely Book Angels

If I had to pick five Christmas themed novels to give to my friends this year I have to tell you that One Wish in Manhattan would be in that bundle. What an amazing, Christmas magical story this is … I simply adored One Wish in Manhattan.’ Keeper Bookshelf


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Mandy Baggot is an award-winning romantic fiction author, writing hot heroes and emotional
reads. She is represented by Kate Nash of The Kate Nash Literary Agency.

In 2012 she won the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK's Festival of Romance and has since scooped Top Ten Reads/Book of the Year places from a number of UK book bloggers.

Traditionally published by US publisher Sapphire Star, Harper Collins' digital first romance imprint, Harper Impulse, and most recently, digital fiction specialists, Bookouture, a great story is never far from her fingertips!

A contributor to writing blogs and short story anthologies, Mandy is also a regular speaker at literary festivals, events and women’s networking groups.

Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, World's Strongest Man, travel and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1's Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor.

Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.

Visit her website at http://www.mandybaggot.com/