by Anita Hughes
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
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Goodreads: Isabel Lawson is standing on the balcony of her suite at the Hotel Crillon as she gazes at the twinkling lights of the Champs Elysee and wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. She was supposed to be visiting the Christmas tree in the Place de la Concorde, and eating escargots and macaroons with her new husband on their honeymoon. But a week before the wedding, she called it off. Isabel is an ambitious Philadelphia finance woman, and Neil suddenly decided to take over his grandparents’ farm. Isabel wasn’t ready to trade her briefcase for a pair of rubber boots and a saddle.
When Neil suggested she use their honeymoon tickets for herself, she thought it would give her a chance to clear her head. That is until she locks herself out on the balcony in the middle of winter. Thankfully her neighbor Alec, a French children’s illustrator, comes to her rescue. He too is nursing a broken heart at the Crillon for the holidays. With a new friend by her side, Isabel is determined to use her time in the city of lights wisely. After a chance encounter with a fortune teller and a close call with a taxi, she starts to question everything she thought was important.
Kritters Thoughts: Isabel Lawson has just called off a wedding and decided to still go on her honeymoon. In the suite in her hotel in Paris next door, Neil is also fresh off a break up before a wedding, so he shows her Paris and they hit all the big spots.
I would say this is a romance book disguised as a women's fiction and of course with a holiday twist. There are definitely some sexy times, but nothing that made me blush too much! Of course with every romance you can probably guess what the ending will be, but the journey is worth the read.
I would add this book to your Christmas reading list. It was so fun to read a book set in Paris and during the Christmas season and the author really made me feel like I was experiencing the Christmas spirit. This was my favorite part - how Christmasy the book was!
I have had ups and downs with Anita Hughes and I would say this one was a good one.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.