Book Review: Paris Ever After by K.S.R Burns

Paris Ever After 1Synopsis: Can Amy’s rocky start in Paris turn into a happy ever after?

Amy didn’t realize how stale her life was until she jetted off to Paris without telling a soul—not even her husband—and had the adventure of a lifetime. Now as she tries to establish herself in the City of Light, she finds that despite a fun (and quirky) group of friends and the ability to indulge in French pastries whenever she wants, reinventing her life is much harder than she imagined.

Then on Amy’s thirtieth birthday, two unexpected visitors leave her wondering if she will soon be saying au revoir to Paris and the new life she’s struggled to build. Her estranged husband, Will, shows up—but is he interested in reconciliation or separation? And a young woman who arrives on Amy’s doorstep unleashes chaos that could push Amy out into the street.

As Amy’s Parisian dream starts to fall apart, she must decide: return to the stability of Will and Phoenix (if that’s even still an option) or forge her way forward in Paris? Amid secrets and surprises, set in enchanting gardens, cozy cafés, and glittering Parisian streets, Amy must choose between two very different worlds. And each has a claim on her heart.

Author: K.S.R Burns

Title: Paris Ever After

Publisher: Velvet Morning Press

Date: 2018

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When I was offered the chance to review Paris Ever After, I hesitated. It’s not my normal kind of book.

But then I thought how I had surprised myself when I started to read Jenny Colgan: I love her writing. I decided I would give it a go – everyone needs to branch out, right?

Best decision: I loved it!

Paris Ever After is a charming book that leaves you with a smile on your face and an urge to run off to Paris to start a new life.

Amy fled to Paris, grieving and needing to live the adventure she planned with her best friend. But after a few fights with her husband, she decides to remain, despite discovering she’s pregnant.

Amy is a great character. She’s indecisive, she gets swept up in things, she’s vulnerable in the sense that she just wants somewhere to call home.

My time in France has taught me how nourishing beauty is, how you can come to crave it, and how it can become essential to your happiness.

But because Amy knows all of these things about herself and tries to change to give her unborn daughter the best start in life, it makes her endearing. You admire her strength to start again rather than wanting her to confront her estranged husband. You want her to move on.

The secondary characters were great as well: Margaret grieves for her missing daughter and lets Amy into her home and heart, giving her not only somewhere to stay, but someone to rely on. She’s not without her own problems though, and Amy has to step up to reverse their roles.

Manu is great – polite, charming and, although he isn’t described this way per se, irresistible. He cares deeply for those who matter to him and will do whatever he can to help. I want a Manu in my life!

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Hervé, Sophie and William are much harder to warm to, but that is the point of their characters. In fact, I disliked William: he’s a coward and doesn’t come even close to being there for Amy when she needs him. You wonder if there ever was any love on his side of the marriage or whether Amy was the one carrying them through.

I feel like I was taken on a tour of Paris that, yes, did leave me hungry for some of the food described. You don’t only get the sense of Amy finding herself in Paris, but I just got this feeling of freedom: she’s responsible because she has to be, but she’s thrown off her cares and worries and dedicated herself to living life the best she can.

This is a novel full of heartbreak and love, friendship and romance. It makes you believe the best of people (Margaret took her in despite them not knowing each other; Manu is determined to help even if he only met Amy a few months ago). Family is everything and finding out who classifies as family is the biggest challenge of all.

A delightful read from start to finish. If you’re a Jenny Colgan fan, or authors of that ilk, then you’ll love this!

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: Paris Ever After by K.S.R Burns

  1. This is not a book I normally would have picked up, I don’t normally read this genre but it sounds really good so maybe I too need to branch out a bit and give it a try!


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