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Paris Is Always a Good Idea: A Novel by…

Paris Is Always a Good Idea: A Novel

by Nicolas Barreau

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I love stories from France, because they are usually more romantic. However, having a setting in a foreign country with different languages is tricky. This book takes place in France, and most of the people are French except for Robert and Rachel. 99% of the conversations should have been spoken in French, but the entire book is written in English. The only thing that bothers me is the little French words here and there. They are suppose to be speaking in French anyway, why those simple French words.

The first one-third of the book is kind of boring, when it is only building the relationship between Rosalie and Max. The story gets a lot better when Robert comes into view. The ending is very predictable, but the story itself is not bad.

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Received a free copy from Goodreads First Reads program. ( )
  JoeYee | Aug 23, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this book. Set in Paris it is the story of a young woman who owns a small postcard shop, an old writer and a young man and their love stories. I loved that the author did not feel the need to use explicit sex scenes. ( )
  bookbatty | Aug 10, 2016 |
A little mystery...a little romance...and, of course, Paris. That's the gist of this book.

Rosalie is the owner of a tiny postcard shop in Paris. One day she is asked to illustrate a wonderful children's book written by one of France's most renowned children's book authors, and she does so, to wide acclaim. Then an angry man comes into her shop, furious that a story his mother told him over and over as a child has been stolen and made into a book illustrated by Rosalie. Who is right? Who wrote this story? Can the man and Rosalie work together to solve this mystery?

All the characters are quite likable, even the minor ones, and the little mystery is fun, if predictable. The Paris setting zooms this book up to a notch above your average Paris romance. ( )
  debnance | Jul 4, 2016 |
A cute story, well written, but somewhat predictable. ( )
  dianne47 | Jun 12, 2016 |
Paris IS always a good idea -- not just for a place to travel but also for the setting of a novel. Since I just visited the area that the areas in Paris that this novel is set in, that made it even more fun for me. This is a light fun read with lots of descriptions of Paris and two fun characters.

Rosalie is an artist who owns a card shop in the St. Germain area of Paris. After being asked to illustrate a children's book by a famous author, she proudly displays a copy in her store window. Along comes an American tourist, a lawyer who wants to continue teaching literature and has come to Paris to think about this life. He is appalled when he sees the book because he feels that the story in the book was stolen from his late mother. He angrily confronts her and they try to uncover the truth together.

The book has a little mystery, a little romance and a lot of Paris - it's a fun read and I highly recommend it!
(Thanks to NetGalley for providing the book for a fair and unbiased review.) ( )
  susan0316 | Feb 29, 2016 |
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"Rosalie Laurent is the proud owner of Luna Luna, a little post-card shop in St. Germain, and if it were up to her, far more people would write cards. Her specialty is producing "wishing cards," but where her own wishes are concerned the quirky graphic artist is far from lucky. Every birthday Rosalie sends a card inscribed with her heart's desire fluttering down from the Eiffel Tower - but none of her wishes has ever been fulfilled. Then one day when an elderly gentleman trips up in her shop and knocks over a post-card stand, it seems that her wish cards are working after-all. Rosalie finds out that it is Max Marchais, famed and successful author of children's books who's fallen into her life. When he asks her to illustrate his new (and probably last) book, Rosalie is only too glad to accept, and the two - very different - maverick artists become friends. Rosalie's wishes seem to be coming true at last, until a clumsy American professor stumbles into her store with accusations of plagiarism. Rosalie is hard pressed to know whether love or trouble is blowing through her door these days, but when in doubt, she knows that Paris is Always a Good Idea when one is looking for the truth and finding love"--… (more)

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