They say Paris is the City of Love, so bring your je ne sais quoi and don’t forget the mistletoe!
Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold and the scent of spiced wine is all around, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex.
Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, watch lamplight glittering on the river Seine, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men ... Until they cross paths with handsome, mysterious photographer Julien with his French accent and hazelnut eyes that seem to see right inside her.
Ava can’t ignore the intense chemistry between them, but her fingers have been burned before and she can’t forget it, especially when her ex, Leo, starts texting again. Can Ava really trust Julien – and what exactly is his secret?
Will Ava go home with a broken heart, or will she find true love amongst the cobbled streets of Paris?
Join Ava and Julien in the most romantic city in the world this Christmas, as they discover the importance of being true to themselves, and learn how to follow their hearts.
One Christmas in Paris is a gorgeous, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy – perfect for fans of Jane Costello, Miranda Dickinson and Lucy Diamond.
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Ava is in crisis: an ex that was cheating, a lack of focus and a family who wants her to be happy, but perhaps in a career that never really was her passion. Her best friend Deb, tired of Ava being sad and depressed suggests they head to Paris for the food, the wine, the chocolate and a new outlook. Focused on her modeling with a mother that tries to micromanage, Ava’s desire and delight in all that Paris has to offer without her mother’s voice saying no is freeing. Baggot uses the atmosphere of Paris: the decorations, food, smell and lights to lure readers into the world that Deb and Ava are seeing, and when they encounter the mysterious Julien, a photographer with his own story and hurts, the sights take us from touristy- everyone knows it to more off the beaten path treasures that are most familiar to locals. From the introduction of Julien to the story takes a turn, initially very reserved and taking some time to warm up, Julien is a character with secrets and isn’t always honest. Although Ava is attracted, she’s hesitant after being burned by her ex, and her ex has decided to try and win her back. Back and forth we go with their attraction that both are afraid to commit to, until both face their issues and Julien comes clean. Lovely and sweet, both Ava and Deb find new purpose and light in their lives, along with some new men, some glorious moments and memories, and plenty of happy to spread around. Baggot takes us to Paris at one of her most beautiful times: cheerful and decorated with smiles for everyone that is best enjoyed with a Chocolat Chaud. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
One Christmas in Paris, Mandy Baggot Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance I’ve read and loved several of Mandy's books now, she’s got that light-hearted and fun read thing down to a pat, with characters that feel real and plots that aren’t totally improbable but could really happen. I love that, a story you feel could very well be real. This is a fun read, but not my favourite – but still a great escape from reality for a while and I adored Julien. So Ava is escaping, running from her cheating ex, hiding from her somewhat overbearing mum. She runs a model agency and has been putting Ava though her paces out in front of the camera since she was just four. Ava loves her mum but feels pushed into modelling, its not her choice, not what she wants to do but her mum ( AKA Rhona Rhinestone by Ava and Debs!!) is something of a steam roller, always pushing her to lose weight, stand tall, do yet another fast, try the latest beauty regime, things like that. Poor Ava is 24 ( I think) now and yet still can’t stand up to her. Her parents are divorced and best friend Debs mum and stepdad have been a friendly, accepting substitute, embracing her with all the love they have for Debs, welcoming her to all the family get together, showering her with treats, lovely fattening food, lifts everywhere – in fact Ava calls stepdad Gary TaxiDad. Debs is a great friend, slightly scatty and yet devoted to her job, loves her family, and is great for Ava. She can see how much Ava is upset by her mum’s latest diatribe, booking her on a spa and fasting retreat in Goa for yet another modelling job Ava doesn’t want to do. She tells Ava to grab her things, they're off to Paris for some research for articles for magazines. Off they trot... Paris is wonderful, Ava adores it but she’s also still ignoring calls and the increasingly frantic texts and emails from her mum, along with texts from Leo, the cheating ex. I love Ava, she just doesn't want o upset her mum, but can’t seem to get through to her that she Just Doesn’t Want to Model....she’s done all sorts, faked illnesses, claimed spots, eaten loads to put on weight, anything rather than force mum to see she doesn’t want to do it, as she feels it will upset her, and despite everything she does love her. Rhona is one of those ladies who don’t really listen, convinced they know best, and just steamroller over others without intending to upset or cause problems. She seems to think Ava enjoys modelling but needs a push to do more. There they are in Paris when Debs finally spills what's been upsetting her – she and her mum think Stepdad Gary is cheating, her mum says he’s become secretive, and there are odd phone calls. Debs just can’t believe it, that's what her dad did, and Gary has always promised never to hurt them both that way. She knows the lady her mum thinks he’s with works in the Paris office, and she and Ava try to check her out, not always legally! Right on the first night they meet Julien, a photographer and Didier his friend. That first meeting doesn’t go well, Julian had his own grief from the death of his sister only a year back, which has fragmented his family. He’s been really depressed, has been dragged out this evening by Didier, and doesn’t know why he’s brought the camera, he’s not used it since Laurens death, it all seems so pointless. Then he sees Ava, in an angry phone call to Leo, full of fire and anger and life, and after the call is over she see