Book Buzz: Paris for One & Other Stories

Was I happy to get my hands on Paris for One & Other Stories, the latest collection from best-selling author JoJo Moyes?

Mais oui!

Book Buzz: Paris for One

I’m an unabashed fangirl of Jojo Moyes and have eagerly awaited her every novel. One of my very favorites was the breathtaking story about love and loss during World War I, The Girl You Left Behind, but the two novels featuring of protagonist Louisa Clark in Me Before You and After You captured my affection as well  — not just me, but the rest of the world, too.

Good news for us … in January, another novel about Louisa’s journey, Still Me, will be released.

I can’t wait.

Paris for One & Other Stories

Paris for One is a novella and a billet doux to Paris, about a young woman who finds romance hiding just around a corner. It is a story as sweet and pleasing as a chocolate croissant.

Who wouldn’t sigh with consternation at the unlikely happenstance of Nell, a shy 26 year-old British girl finding herself alone in a city she’s never been to, and stood up by her hapless boyfriend? Who wouldn’t swoon over the dreamlike weekend that unfolds?  Nell meets a guy on a motorbike who whisks her through the streets of the city and opens her eyes to adventure.

Nell takes a chance with this stranger on this strange but enchanting weekend in Paris, and her life is forever changed.

Fans of Moyes know that she has a deep love for the city of Paris since it features prominently in her writing. Me Before You ends with Louisa in Paris, honoring Will’s wish for her (the visual of her sitting alone at the cafe is still with me); After You flashes back to Lou’s time in Paris as she starts her new life; and The Girl You Left Behind is set against the backdrop of Paris during World War I. With Paris for One, Moyes again presents Paris in all its alluring glory, and gives us a strong, lovable female protagonist who finds her true self in the City of Love

Moyes serves up the rest of this delicious meal with a collection of eight short stories, each one about ordinary people navigating the terrain of thwarted love. I particularly enjoyed “Between the Tweets,” a story about love going awry in the age of Twitter (and quite relevant to stories in the news these days).

This novella and short stories format is a departure for Moyes, but it works well. Fans might clamor for more as the stories end too soon, but it is a testament to Moyes’ talent that she leaves us hungry and yearning.

Who knows? Perhaps one of these will turn into a novel someday.

Are you listening, Jojo Moyes?

 

One of my lucky readers will receive a copy of Paris for One & Other Stories. Please click on the Books is Wonderful Facebook page and leave a comment. A winner will be randomly selected. US addresses only, please.

 

I received a copy of Paris for One & Other Stories from Penguin Books for an honest review, which is the only kind of review I write.

 

 

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