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Review: Paris Is Always a Good Idea

Wow! This story was stunning. One of the best I’ve read in 2020. It has a depth that drew me in, and yet a sense of lightness as well. I wish I had the words to convey how beautifully this novel is written and how well the topics of grief, love, and finding oneself are handled.

Chelsea is a workaholic and Jason is her nemesis. He drives her insane and she can’t stand his smug face. They are perfect office enemies. When Chelsea has a crisis in her personal life she decides to take a trip to Europe to try and remember the girl she used to be. However, a big deal is going down at work and she and Jason need to work together to make this happen while she’s out of the office.¬† She just might kill him before they finish putting this deal together.

As Chelsea retraces her steps from her gap years trip through Europe, she catches up with  3 guys she dated that year. Each of them turns out differently than she thinks they will, all of them for surprising reasons. But where Chelsea finds herself during her time traveling is maybe the most surprising thing of all.

Such a great read! It’s one of those stories that sticks with you and you wish you could read it for the first time all over again.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

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.

 

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