This book contains some adorable and very real stories. Ordinary people, living their lives as best they can, just trying to make it through the day. Paris for One is the main focus and personally, I think it was the best story out of the nine that this book contains. I am going to break this post down a little differently than normal to give a quick recap and review of each one. Like always, there was some stories that I really liked and some that didn’t quite grab me.
Paris for One
Nell is a person who needs to plan everything by the second, to know exactly what will happen to her or what time she will be arriving where. So, when she books a weekend trip to Paris for her and her boyfriend, she knew it would be a romantic getaway. There was only one problem, he stood her up and now she was in a city she didn’t know… Alone. She could either give up and go home, or forget her anxiety and explore Paris herself.
This story was adorably romantic and anxiety inducing at the same time. As someone who has anxiety, I know what the character feels when she has to know everything about anything in order to function. I loved how she over came that and put herself out there to have a good time on this vacation she planned for two. It kind of turned out to still be for two as she meets a handsome Parisian on her adventures. Even though the vacation was only a few days, a relationship blossomed into something more than a stranger turned friend turned potential boyfriend. I thought it was a cute story and loved reading about the sites and places she went. I have been to Paris and I highly suggest someone spend some time there, it is amazing.
Between the Tweets
A public figure and family man named Declan Travis is being accused online of having an affair. He hasn’t had work in a while and is afraid that this scandal will ruin his reputation so he hires someone to find out who is behind the rumors. Little does he know, it is someone close to him and little does the accuser know, Declan is has a little secret of his own.
So this one was super fast-moving and had a great twist at the end! It was a little roller coaster ride. Plus, it just goes to show that dirty little secrets don’t stay in the closet long.
Love in the Afternoon
Sara and Doug have been married 14 years. In fourteen years, they have experiences many things and never noticed how much they were drifting apart until they take an anniversary vacation. No kids, no dog, no work; just the two of them, this should be great.
This story goes to show that not every marriage is perfect and they require work, especially when there are kids and careers too.
A Bird in the Hand
At a garden party, Simon and Beth play the handsome couple who is open and happy together. It isn’t until someone from Beth’s past show up and stir up old feelings, questioning whether or not she is truly happy.
Another story about real people problems. I think the author modeled her stories after the people’s lives she saw into. This one wasn’t really my favorite so honestly, i scanned through it.
Sam is the typical mom; kids, husband, work, gym…Life. Her routine was temporarily dismantled when she grabbed the wrong bag at the gym that didn’t contain her practical shoes but a pair or expensive, flashy, crocodile print pumps. She couldn’t wear her tennis shoes to the important meetings so she snaps on the strange heals. Little does she know, in those shoes, she controlled the world.
This story goes to show, a pair of shoes can truly change your life. This one was my favorite (next to the first one). It was flirty and fun; it made me want to go buy some sexy, expensive sling backs to see what happens next 😉
Alice went to work at the jewelry shop thinking it would be a normal day until robbers come in and demand everything in the glass cases. Alice is calm and isn’t scared of the man holding her hostage because she feels a little something different for the man with the bat.
So this one was a little different. I guess you don’t get to choose when cupid shoots you with the arrow.
Last Years Coat
Evie works hard for her struggling family, never wanting anything for herself. It makes it hard that the girls at work flaunt their new accessories, showing that money isn’t an issue. That fancy coat in the window would insure that Evie is noticed and is included in the conversation; only to buy it, it would mean using much-needed money on something that isn’t needed. One day she gives in and decides to buy it. Walking quickly into the store before her guilt caught up with her, she finds out that the coat has gone home with someone else. Defeated, she goes home, where the coat is happily waiting for her.
Good things come to those who wait… And those who do great things for other people.
Thirteen Days with John C.
Miranda finds a lost phone on the sidewalk. There are some text messages on it from who seems to be a man wondering where his partner is. She fully intends to return the phone but she has a nagging curiosity about who John C is. She pretends to be the person that John thinks is on the other end, only to find out she isn’t talking to John but his wife.
Cheater cheater pumpkin eater! Miranda isn’t cheating at all until she wants to meet up with John and return the phone. She doesn’t meet him, his wife she does though. This story has a little mystery, suspense and a nice twist!
The Christmas List
Chrissie is out and about running errands but not the kind she would normally enjoy. She is shopping for things to make their Christmas perfect… For her mother in law. At each stop, her husband texts her for something else his mom require and with each text she regrets having to go home. The taxi driver suggests she does something crazy and she actually does it. Ditches out on Christmas and heads to a friend’s house in Spain.
To be honest, I scanned this one too because it didn’t have the grab factor.
The only thing that I didn’t like about the short stories was there wasn’t enough description and depth for me to actually form a good, solid background/ visuals to build the full story.
Overall, if you like books by JoJo Moyes, this is a good one to pick up. It is a quick read with many different characters and fun stories.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Up Next: Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan