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It’s been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong post-college European adventure. Since then, she’s lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea’s thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knightley, her status as most talented fundraiser is unquestioned.
When her introverted mathematician father announces he’s getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died, and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her gap year. Inspired to retrace her steps–to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy–Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago, can help her find it again.
From the start of her journey nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected.
Title: Paris is Always a Good Idea
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Publication Date: July 21, 2020
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
This is probably one of the best books I’ve read this year! Oh wow! Even after taking some time to digest it all, I’m still in awe over it. McKinlay did such a brilliant job of plotting out this book to be a non-stop adventure and of weaving together a whole cast of characters. It didn’t feel rushed, or strained in any way, and was just so enjoyable.
I think if I could only use one word to describe this book, it would be ‘surprise’. I was surprised from beginning to end in the best possible way. For some reason, I did not expect this book to be as good as it was. I don’t know if it had to do with the synopsis or just me, but I was so surprised by how much I loved it. Also, the storyline continually surprised me. It was one big adventure in which I had no idea what was going to happen next or who I was going to meet. I loved it!
I loved all the characters I was able to meet. They were all so different and contributed to the story in many different ways. And I really loved the development of the main character. Once again, I was surprised by how the story ended with her, but not mad about it. It just felt right.
Lastly, the romantic moments in this book were sooooo romantic. I might have shed a tear or two in some parts because the moment was so glorious and beautiful that how could I not? It was just so perfect and swoony accompanied by swoony men.
Overall, this is a must-read for all you hopeless romantics out there. It has humor, spunk, and too many swoony moments to count. 5/5 for McKinlay.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.