Genre: Short Stories/Romance
No of Pages: 274
📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖
Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a romantic weekend away–to anywhere–before. Traveling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone–including herself–wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? Funny, charming, and irresistible, Paris for One is quintessential Jojo Moyes–as are the other stories that round out the collection.
I was trying to find a book to read for Paris in July when this book came up. I have seen JoJo Moyes books around, but have never actually read any. I thought that I would see how this went and maybe I would have another author to add to my list! I will also admit that short stories have always been a bit of a let down for me. There have been very few where they were balanced correctly, by that I mean there is a lot of building up only to be let down and you are left feeling that the story hasn’t finished.
I decided to start this book with an open mind and I am so glad that I did. I can honestly say that I loved all the stories and not one of them let me down. They were well balanced and when they came to an end I didn’t feel short changed. Admittedly it would have been nice to carry on reading about the characters, but the stories always ended well.
The writing throughout was engaging and entertaining and I kept wanting to read more! It was a book that finished sooner than I thought it would. There was a mix of story lengths and each had their own unique characters and storylines. They were all told from one character’s point of view, but had a good mix of narration and conversation.
There were two longer stories which had chapters, and one of them had two different timelines which alternated, whilst the rest weren’t long enough to warrant them.
The characters in each of the stories were excellent and they all had their own personal journeys to go on. I always felt uplifted at the end of a story, especially the last one. That was cleverly done! Each story, no matter what the length truly engaged me and a lot of that was to do with the relatability of the characters. They all felt like they could be real people and I enjoyed how their story ended.
Lastly the settings. A couple of stories were set in Paris and you had the description which was lovely. The shorter stories didn’t focus on the settings, but rather on the characters, which I didn’t mind as that would rather defeat the object of being a short story!
Overall I loved this book and have found a new appreciation for JoJo Moyes and short stories!
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