BOOK CLUB: One Summer In Paris

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Author: Sarah Morgan
ISBN: 9781489276926
RRP: $29.99
Publication Date: 2 May 2019
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

I’m sure we can all relate to that feeling of needing to find oneself. I wish that my journey to self had been spent on the streets of Paris in summer and I’m sure I’m not alone in that.

Many of us have to take that journey within ourselves without changing our physical location. Grace has planned a 25th anniversary romantic holiday in Paris with her husband, but what he actually wanted was a divorce. Refusing to be broken Grace makes the courageous decision to take the trip alone.

Audrey is also in Paris to escape heartache and the two, who are very different, become fast friends. Often we find what we need the most when we least expect it and One Summer In Paris promises to be a story of new beginnings.

A story of friendship, a story of finding oneself after a massive life change and a story set against the backdrop of Paris, a location sought after by many.

I can’t wait to read what our members thought of this one.

Synopsis from the Publisher’s website:

To celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Grace has planned the surprise of a lifetime for her husband – a romantic getaway to Paris. But she never expected he’d have a surprise of his own: he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock but refusing to be broken, a devastated Grace makes the bold decision to go to Paris alone.

Audrey, a young woman from London, has left behind a heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no money and no knowledge of the French language, suddenly a summer spent wandering the cobbled streets alone seems much more likely…until she meets Grace, and everything changes.

Grace can’t believe how daring Audrey is. Audrey can’t believe how cautious newly single Grace is. Living in neighbouring apartments above the bookshop, this unlikely pair offer each other just what they’ve both been missing. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding this unbreakable friendship might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them…

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Thanks to Harlequin Mira 10 of our Beauty and Lace Club members will be reading One Summer In Paris so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.

9 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: One Summer In Paris

  1. One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan was a really lovely read. I liked seeing how two different people came together and watched their blossoming friendship. Audrey is the type of girl who sticks up for herself, but she also comes from a difficult family. Reading how she grows and learns to accept and let people in was really nice, and then to have Grace on the other hand who is reeling from her husband having an affair, to see her emotions change and belief in herself become stronger was really incredible.

    I felt for the characters, they were both likeable. At first I didn’t know if I would really grow fond of Audrey but I definitely did and was cheering for her as she let emotions in and people help her. Grace was amazing and so smooth and confident in nearly everything she did.

    I loved the setting in Paris and the accompanying characters. I loved Mimi’s little story and how that concluded had me teary. I generally felt this book was all about heart, and how people can change and grow and adapt. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and let others in. A lovely book to read on the weekend, I would definitely recommend. Thank you to Beauty and Lace for letting me read and review One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan.

  2. Although I am used to reading books that are a little more historical I was
    attracted to reading this novel because of my fond memories of a visit to Paris some years ago and I was not disappointed.
    This was a wonderful easy entertaining read with a little romance and a spot of humour.

    Grace has been happily married to David for 25 years and they have an 18 yr old daughter Sophie.

    Grace has planned a surprise trip to Paris for their 25th wedding anniversary but on the night of their anniversary while out having dinner together, David drops a bombshell.

    He is having an affair with a younger woman!!

    Grace finally decides to go to Paris alone even though she is not in a good frame of mind.

    Audrey is an 18yr old living in London who has struggled with Dyslexia and dealing with an alcoholic mother. She decides she needs to get away and travels to spend the summer in Paris.

    These two very different women who meet in unusual circumstances forge an incredible friendship which helps them both to deal with their emotions, challenges and the heart-breaking situations they have faced in their lives.

    The ending was a little different than I expected but shows that we all deal with issues in our lives In different ways.

    Truly a great read by a fantastic author. I will be looking for more to read by Sarah Morgan.

    Thanks to Beauty and lace and Harlequin for the opportunity to read this.

  3. After a bit of what I thought was a slow start, I really got in to ‘One Summer in Paris’ by Sarah Morgan. The story ending was fairly predictable, but the way it got to the ending was different and light-hearted. It was lovely to see the character development of Grace and Audrey, the two main characters and to read about their experiences in what you could believe to be a real life situation.

    I’m not sure that I’m happy about the ending. I think what Grace’s husband did in the end was what he should have done, but I’m not convinced Grace did the right thing. I guess you never know what you’d do in that situation until you’re in it yourself, but this is where books are great because they can be the start of some great discussions with your friends and family.

    Thank you Beauty and Lace for another lovely book to read >:o)

  4. One Summer in Paris was the perfect read for me after I recently had the good fortune to spend some time in Paris and fell in love with its special charm.

    Life is messy and unpredictable and I felt that Sarah Morgan captured the honesty of this well in this easy to read novel. The storyline wasn’t complicated but the lives of the characters certainly were.

    Grace is planning a big surprise for her husband of 25 years with an anniversary holiday in Paris, but he has an even bigger surprise for her when he announces he is interested in someone else. Grace’s decision to go to Paris on her own set the scene for the rest of the novel as we experienced the unfolding of an unconventional friendship with 18 year old Audrey and ultimately the transformation of Grace into the person she always was.

    I liked the messaging that it is okay not to be perfect and the importance of being true to yourself; and enjoyed the pulling together of the underlying story about Mimi and Toni which filled in lots of gaps toward the end. One Summer in Paris is about love, family, friendship and both the pleasant and not-so-pleasant stuff of life. A very enjoyable read.

    Thank you Harlequin and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read and review One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan.

  5. One Summer in Paris was a great read. Two very different woman in different stages of their lives but with the common thread of being there for everyone but no one being there for them, each on their own path find themselves in Paris and meet by chance leading to a great friendship. They provide each other with the advice and support that they each need in this cross roads of life and enable each of them to find their self that they had lost on the way of life. I enjoyed this book and it only entrenched my dream to run off to Paris where they dance in the streets. Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harlequin for the opportunity to enjoy this book. I recommend it. Rating 8.7/10 .

  6. One Summer in Paris was such a lovely surprise, it was heartwarming, funny, uplifting and a joy to read! Sarah Morgan did such a wonderful job of transporting me back to one of my favourite cities – beautiful and romantic Paris that I felt like I was walking down the cobbled side streets and that I could almost smell the freshly baked baguettes! I loved seeing how much the two main characters, Grace and Audrey develop over the course of the story, particularly Audrey and the friendship they form is just beautiful.

    I found both Grace and Audrey to be very endearing. Whilst these two women are at very different stages in their lives and have quite different personalities they end up forming a deep bond that seems so natural and they provide wonderful support for each other. The secondary characters are all just as well developed and I enjoyed how their stories intersected with Grace and Audrey.

    Sarah Morgan tackles some serious issues in One Summer In Paris including alcoholism, dyslexia, and infidelity but does so with such care and she successfully weaves these topics seamlessly into the story that it got me thinking what I would do in the same circumstances. I do feel that the ending was a little rushed and could have done with another chapter or two but overall One Summer In Paris was beautifully written and so enjoyable and I didn’t want to say goodbye to these wonderful and fascinating characters just yet.

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Australia for providing me with a copy for review.

  7. One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan was a light hearted, fun read that dealt with some serious issues. The two main characters, although at very different stages of life, have an underlying commonality that is discovered throughout the book.
    The characters were all likeable and their struggles genuine. It’s wonderful to read a story that has female characters that lift each other up, instead of tearing them down, and that celebrates women without going preachy and over the top.
    Thank you Harlequin Mira and Beauty & Lace Bookclub for another great read.

  8. I enjoyed reading One Summer in Paris. I was attracted to the title, and it was worth it. While this was an easy read, it dealt with some complicated issues. I enjoyed reading about 2 women in different stages of their lives, and what circumstances had influenced their outlook on life. It was a joy to see them grow and develop. I also enjoyed the authentic nature of the book. It was so believable.

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Australia for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

  9. Loved this book by Sarah Morgan!
    Very well written and I started to feel like I know Grace and Audrey for so long.

    Loved how two stories go side by side and the simplicity of both the characters and when both the main characters finally meet in Paris…OMG.

    I liked how two women who are so different in each aspect of their life but one thing ties them together, the similar upbringing and then they become best of the friends.

    The story felt so real and it made me feel part of their world. Thank you Sarah Morgan for such a beautiful read. Loved each and every word from this book 🙂

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