Welcome to day 18 of my #FrenchVillageBookworm advent calendar where I am sharing a book with a French theme everyday between now and Christmas.
My review today is for From Paris With Love This Christmas by Jules Wake, a lovely festive read to give you that warm, squishy feeling, so important on the run up to Christmas.
Enter Siena, bubbly, well mannered, perfectly groomed, but rather clueless. She is the girl who seems to have it all, a monthly allowance, friends in the right places, a chateau in France, an eligible fiancé and a dysfunctional family. There is just one thing missing - happiness, so she has packed a few essentials in her Louis Vuitton carry-on and run away from Paris to see her sister Laurie in the UK.
Enter Jason, friend and tenant of Laurie, happy in his own company and now rather reluctant host of Siena.
I loved Siena from the beginning as she had a perkiness and determination that made her hard not to like. Life in the UK isn’t quite what she expected, Laurie is away and Siena soon finds herself alone and penniless for the first time ever, but willing to try anything to succeed. Once we find out the details behind why she has run and why following her dream would never be possible in France, I was willing her to succeed with every page turn.
Little by little she begins to prove herself, earns the respect and friendship of those around her and after a flying visit to Paris, love begins to blossom. She discovers having less really does give her more and all would be great if it weren’t for a few surprise visits from France and that misunderstanding between a boy and girl that all good chick-lits must have.
This book is a great few days of pure escapism and romance that would have been a five star if it weren’t for the many typos. Although it can be read as a stand-alone novel, it is the sequel to From Italy With Love , where we first meet her sister Laurie. I’ve now downloaded book one and can’t wait to finish reading it, especially as it contains a road trip through France – how have I missed it!
From Paris With Love This Christmas is published by HarperImpulse and is available in paperback and ebook format and links to Amazon can be found below.