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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Paris for One and Other Stories by JoJo Moyes

About Paris for One and Other Stories

A collection of 11 unmissable short stories from the Number One internationally bestselling author of Me Before You and After You

'Lots to cheer about in Moyes' first collection of short stories. If you want romance, the title story and its hapless heroine Nell will give it to you in spades' Red

'Moyes somehow manages to break your heart before restoring your faith in love' Sunday Express

Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She's never even been on a romantic weekend away - to anywhere - before. Travelling abroad isn't really her thing. But when Nell's boyfriend fails to show up, she has the chance to prove to everyone - including herself - that she can be independent and intrepid. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed . . .

In the ten other stories, Jojo Moyes introduces us to a cast of strong, relatable women in the midst of their everyday lives. In Honeymoon in Paris, featuring characters from her bestselling novel, The Girl You Left Behind, Liv and Sophie - though decades apart - both find that marriage is only the beginning of their love stories. In Crocodile Shoes, a businesswoman's blossoming confidence emerges from a fateful changing-room mix-up. And in both Love in the Afternoon and A Bird in the Hand, two couples dance around the trickiness of long-time marriage. In this irresistible collection, readers will be whisked from elegant perfume shops to taxis to five-star hotel rooms and more.

My review of Paris for One and Other Stories

I shall start by saying that I am a huge fan of JoJo Moyes and have read nearly all of her books. I was therefore very excited when I found out that she had wrote a short story collection. I vowed last year to read more short story collections, and so Paris for One and Other Stories was a very much welcome treat, and it didn't disappoint.
What I love about this author is her ability to write about women, like me, in every day situations. She is able to give them a distinctive voice, which allows them to tell their own unique story. All are interesting, relatable and immensely enjoyable. So, this heartwarming collection is comprised of 11 short stories, and I enjoyed each and every one of them. 
Paris for One is the first story in the collection and I have to admit, my favourite. Here, we meet Nell, a twenty-six-year-old woman who has become somewhat stuck in life. She has a boyfriend, but forever seems to be alone. It is during her short break to Paris that she is finally able to find out who she is and what she really wants from life. The story is predictable and I pretty much guessed the ending, but for me that was part of the charm. What mattered was the journey that I was on with Nell as she discovered who she truly was.
These stories, as with all of JoJo Moyes writing, captivate the soul. They feel as if you are visiting an old friend, and I felt like I knew and had befriended all of these women. All of them had a different story to tell, those of heartache, love, friendship and daring heroines. These stories covered all of them. What I particularly liked was the theme of marriage, and love after a long marriage, a subject that is not often talked about in this genre of literature. We often read books about new romance and falling in love, so it made a refreshing change to explore romantic love within a long term relationship.
Paris for One and Other Stories really is the perfect book to curl up with one night, and to simply enjoy... just as I did. 
With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.

Paris for One and Other Stories, published by Michael Joseph on 9 Feb, is available on Amazon here.

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