Paris Ever After

Paris Ever After

by K. S. R. Burns




#1 Amazon Best-Selling Author in Women's Fiction

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.

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.

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?

"Magnifique! The surprise-filled narrative is smart, wry and poignant. Five stars!" - Patricia Sands, author of the best-selling Love in Provence series

"An entertaining read for Francophiles, foodies, and romantics." - Kirkus Reviews, Best Indie Book July 2018

Book club discussion guide included.

Interview with the Author

Paris Ever After is a standalone sequel to The Paris Effect. So I don't need to read The Paris Effect first?

Each book can be enjoyed on its own, but like a café crème and macaron, they go great together. Both stories take you on a journey through Amy's Paris, a Paris few casual tourists ever see. But each story has its own surprising, often unpredictable path of self-discovery as Amy struggles to confront the challenges being thrown at her.

What inspired you to write the book?

Readers made me write it! I was privileged to be invited to more than a dozen book clubs that had read The Paris Effect, and it was unanimous: People really wanted to know what happened next. Their questions got me thinking, one idea led to another, and voilà, a new book was born. And spending more (virtual) time in Paris was not exactly a hardship. The next best thing to being in Paris is writing-or reading-about it!

I love books about Paris! Will I like this one?

I believe so! But this isn't your typical Paris novel. It has touches of chick lit but at its core it's women's fiction: Amy must determine "the right thing" and find the courage to do it. She's pushed and pulled by the other people in her life, and by her own passions and compunctions, but in the end the decision is all hers. You could also say it's a love story-Amy's love for her new friend Margaret, for her best (and lost) friend Kat, for her husband (in spite of all that's happened between them), for her unborn child, for Paris, and a new love.

Many books have been written about Paris. What sets yours apart?

Who doesn't like a Paris love story? Paris is the ultimate dream destination, and it's truly as beautiful and romantic as it's cracked up to be! But as Amy learns, it's also a multilingual, multinational metropolis of street hustlers, diesel fumes, and pickpockets. Throughout both books, Amy gets to know the real Paris. And so will you. Thanks for reading!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997767650
Publisher: Velvet Morning Press
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

K. S. R. Burns is an Amazon best-selling author who lived and worked in four countries and 22 cities, including Paris, before settling down in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. She has written two novels, the best-selling The Paris Effect (optioned for film and TV by Papazian-Hirsch Entertainment) and its standalone follow-up, Paris Ever After. She's also the author and illustrator of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-life Career Advice You Can Actually Use, as well as a career-advice weekly columnist for The Seattle Times. She can be found online at

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Paris Ever After 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Megan Kennemore More than 1 year ago
Paris Ever After is such a sweet story. Emily has such turmoil in her life that just keeps building. She looks out for others feelings before her own. Katherine, Catherine, and Margaret are the main focuses of your consideration and love. She will do anything for these girls. She thinks it may have been a mistake to come to Paris how she did, but she soon finds that it's the perfect place for her to be and grow as a woman and mother. I highly recommend this book.
Kez689 More than 1 year ago
Paris Ever After: A Novel by KSR Burns is a story about following your dreams and taking the time to figure out what you want, then grabbing it with both hands. Have you ever thought about reinventing yourself? About changing your life and doing something entirely new and different? That is exactly what Amy does when she jet sets off to Paris without telling a soul where she is going. Once in Paris Amy’s reinvention begins. New friends, new experience, she is after it all. But despite her best intentions everything is not quite going to plan. And when her husband turns up as well as a mysterious woman, Amy begins to wonder if a new life in Paris is really everything she thought it would be. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I found it highly entertaining. It was amusing reading about Amy’s adventures in France and did a great job of making me wish I was there right alongside her. The characters were all well developed and worked with the story. The writing had everything you could want for this type of story and carries you through the book with ease. A great book for sure!
SaraOxo More than 1 year ago
Paris Ever After by K.S.R. Burns a four-star read that will have you dreaming. This is a sweet romance that will take you away, but will it take you far enough? Amy is a woman that you will either adore or want to shake, I’m glad to say I was more on the side of adoring for most of the story. But I can’t say that about the rest of the characters, some of them you will like more than others. But I will leave that for you to decide when you read the story. What I loved most of this story is the way Paris is described by the author, you will fall in love with it as much as some of the others. This is the second book in the Paris Forever series, but that doesn’t mean you have to read this second, as the author does spend the first part of the book filling you in on the first book. If you like your romance sweet but dramatic and your story strong then this is the one for you.
E_A_Walsh More than 1 year ago
Paris Ever After by K.S.R. Burns was an delightful, heartfelt read that had that cheesy TV movie romance vibe I love so much! This was my first read by K.S.R. Burns, yes I did not read that first book, but, I didn't need to. This book was so masterfully written that, I got that I needed from Amy's recounts and, with proper info placement, felt like I was reading a stand-alone, not a continuation. I love Amy, for me, from the start of this book till the last, she grew exponentially. I saw her come to terms with her past and realized that somethings change rapidly and they do sadly, fall apart; but when they do you have to pick yourself up and find a way to move forward. This story line was full of ups, downs and of course, as the names implies, a happy ending. I loved the epilogue, it tied everything up nicely and gives you those warm fuzzy feels, that you can't help but smile at. It was still opened enough that maybe down the road, it could be revisited and we can get some sneak peeks into their lives. (I want a side story about Margaret in her younger years.) The only thing that bother me, was there was some over explaining, on Amy's part and a little too much filler in-between dialogue. It took away from the conversation flow, and didn't add anything to the overall impact of the story. (This is something I like to call, going down the rabbit hole. don't start taking about things no one asked for, and don't try and re-explain something that was just said.) Outside of those little things, I loved this book. It made me feel like I was walking in Paris with Amy. You can feel the time and research that went into making this romance in Paris come to life. So please, please, take my high recommendation that you will not only fall for Amy's journey, but Paris itself. Happy Reading -E.A. Walsh
Kristi McChurin More than 1 year ago
Paris Ever After: A Novel (Paris Forever Book 2) is a fun and quirky read. This is my first time reading anything by this author and it was a fun experience. I didn’t know that this was the second book in this series until I read the beginning of the book. I thought that the author catching us up in Amy’s life without having to read the first book was clever. I will go back and read the first book since I enjoyed the second book so much. When Amy’s best friend dies, she heads off to Paris without telling her husband. She is starting to really enjoy her life again. I love the journey that Amy takes and the friends she makes along the way. Can Amy and her husband reconcile? Will her new-found friend Margret stay true to their friendship? This story was so colorful and full of life. Sometimes I thought I was in Paris with Amy. Paris is a place I never wanted to visit, but K.S.R. Burns makes me want to change my mind. I read through this book so fast because I wanted to know what would happen to Amy or how she was going to navigate a situation. This was a great way to be introduced to a new author. Oh and the cover of the book is fabulous!!
JanaT More than 1 year ago
Paris Ever After by K.S.R. Burns is the sequel to her Paris Effect. I have to admit that I had not read the first book when I started on Paris Ever After and as the writer gave us Cliff notes on the first one at the beginning of the second one, I did not feel at any point that ‘oh I wish I had read the first book’ thought crossing my mind. Paris Ever After is the story of Amy Brodie and her journey of discovering herself, in Paris, while pregnant by her estranged husband whose last words were in the line of ‘I don’t want to see your face ever again’. Amy has a group of intriguing and quirky characters that she has met in Paris that made me laugh and yell at the same time … I loved the way the writer brought Paris and French into life for me and I felt like sitting there next to them or walking along on them. I assume most people would think that a story taking place in Paris would be oozing with romance and hearts and candle light but that is not the case here, I do not think it is really a romance, for me Paris Ever After is a journey of self-discovery and learning to trust in oneself and sticking with your gut AND yes, there is some romance in here as well as we all hope that we would have some romance in our lives so it is normal … it is so much beyond it! Maybe some would call Amy selfish and spoilt and … I do not agree … just think back to where she comes from, what kind of life she has lived up to now, what kind of a relationship she has/had with her husband and … heck yes, we need to be selfish at times and we need to take decisions that are NOT popular and we do NOT apologise for them! Kudos to Amy for doing so! If you are getting confused by those conflicting reviews, I suggest, take a chance on it and you can always walk away from the story if it turns out not to be your cup of tea but at the same time, it might end up being your own true Parisian hot chocolate!
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
Paris Ever After’s characters are younger, and the story moves quickly swinging from one crisis to the next. As is often the case with romance stories involving younger characters falling love, everyone seems to have a secret they are hiding from everyone else. As these secrets are revealed, decisions must be made quickly and seemingly without much thought – the impetuosity of youth. There’s not much time to slow down and just enjoy Paris and the romance Amy discovers there, but Paris Ever After is an enjoyable quick read, reminiscent of a rom-com flick from the ‘90s.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
Couldn’t put it down…… I really liked this book. When I started reading it, I found it hard to put down. In fact, there might have been a little house cleaning that got neglected (don’t tell my husband). I didn’t have the chance to read the prior book, The Paris Effect, but the author did a great job wrapping up that part of Amy’s life. I am still planning on going back and reading though just because of how much I liked this book. My heart went out to Amy and all she was going through, especially when she found out the real reason her husband was in Paris. Secrets seemed to be a running theme in the book and when they came out, they put a real twist into the story. The book is filled with stunning visuals, interesting characters and an addictive plot. I would definitely recommend reading it.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
After endless arguments and animosity with her estranged husband, Amy Brodie sets off to Paris for a second time. "All [she] wanted was a break―from [her] life, from [her] past, present, and future." (10) But it would seem that her husband, William, has come for her again. How would she tell him about the baby? Story is well-written and well-read, but it had a few too many characters for my liking. I prefer plots to be simpler and this one certainly had its complications. I mean, there's an American woman living in Paris, she's pregnant, she's separated from the baby daddy, and she's wondering how in the heck she's supposed to cope with everything. It's women's fiction in its international finesse. My main issue was that it just droned on and on and on. This story certainly had an interesting angle, but it just fell flat for me.
alyslinn More than 1 year ago
I've read The Paris Effect (and reviewed it) and it didn't take me long to dive right back in for its sequel (which I'd wished for, and so glad the author delivered!). Amy has established a life in Paris, though one that still seems a bit tenuous, as she is relying upon the goodwill of her friend Margaret for a place to live. She finds this to indeed be tenuous when Margaret has an unexpected guest, and that change leaves her more vulnerable than she expected. It's a struggle to write this review without giving away spoilers, so it's going to be a bit short. Amy's complications mount, and I couldn't put this book down, wondering what would happen next, and how she'd get herself out of all the difficulties. I also was reading this on the plane on my way home from a trip to Paris, and I loved being able to relive some spots I'd visited. I may even have to re-read The Paris Effect, and then read this one again, just to have that fun once more. I'm delighted to hear that The Paris Effect has been optioned for film rights. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll be able to see the film/tv program soon! I received a copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
GRgenius More than 1 year ago
A trip to Paris without leaving the comforts of home? Yes please! That's exactly what the author delivers and then some! As I read, I was rooting for Amy to stay in France even though it seemed things were getting tougher by the seemed her heart was there even if everything else was screaming for escape...and while I wouldn't have taken the leap of faith she did without making William sing first (he said he had news but kept hedging, spill it son!), she did so with her whole heart. I literally wanted to knock the head off of William's scummy shoulders after he finally gave her the big news, or rather she pried it from him (and his suitcase!)...but he'll get what's coming to him eventually; karma likes a challenge. Meanwhile, Manu played a most unexpected role between the start and the finish...I honestly didn't see that transition coming...and Herve, well, let's just say I was surprised, but I wasn't (something didn't quite add up with all those business ventures). I wish I could say I loved Margaret, but the side I saw of her wasn't very likable, nor was that of someone else that I won't mention by name because it will spoil the surprise, but I did actually appreciate the presence of Kat, however "distant" it was. She seemed like someone to know. After having finished my read through, and taking a step away from the epages, I can more fully appreciate the story as a whole. It was filled with secrets, revelations, final goodbyes, and new beginnings...all of which add up to a surprisingly good read...though I gotta say, I think that it might be better to start with the first to develop that relationship with the characters despite this book's "stand alone" status. **Copy received for review
Bobbi Wagner More than 1 year ago
Paris Ever After by K.S.R. Burns is a sweet romance story about second chances. This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed how it is fast paced and kept me engaged until the end. I enjoy this author's writing skills that are creative and made me feel as if I was right there in Paris with the characters. Her characters are both connectable and lovable. They took me on an emotional roller coaster ride of various emotions including compassion. This is a story about a woman who just needed a break from her life. Amy has suffered a close loss so she takes off to Paris without saying anything to anyone. When her husband finds out, he brings her back home. Then she takes off again to Paris, to start her life over. Now she has been trying to put her life together when she sees her husband checking in to a local hotel. What does he want? Does he want to fix things? What will he say when her secret is revealed? When someone from the past shows up at her door step, what will she do? There are also some twists and turns that they take us on that will leave you wanting to know what will happen next. I enjoyed the characters in this story for the most part. Amy is a strong, hard headed character that is not sure where she is going or what she is doing. I felt bad for her as she tried to get in contact with her husband to let him in on her little secret. The other secondary characters in this story are supportive and sweet. They really just add to this story and it wouldn't be the same without them. I highly recommend this book. Find out what happens to Amy as she is faced with a second chance.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Amy turns 30 in Paris, doesn't that sound wonderful. It is. Amy ran away to Paris and met the most wonderful woman who took her in like Amy was her daughter. She found a job that she enjoyed, friends that she wanted to spend time with, and then she found out she was pregnant. She tried to tell her estranged husband but he refused to answer any of her attempts. Then she sees him, at the hotel she had stayed at, and she wonders what he wants and if he came to get her, to win her back over. Amy is a strong character and was able to take what was thrown at her without really losing a step. There were a few twists that I wondered if her reaction was realistic. The fact that her husband shows up, finds out she is pregnant, and then proceeds to just spend time with her without having an important conversation seemed off to me but Amy just went on with life. Maybe more of us should be that easy going but I do believe most people would question their husband about their intentions. There were a few other happenings that made me go HMM... is that real. The setting of Paris is one of my favorites. I love hearing about the sites, the great cafes, the beautiful cathedrals, and the wonderful sounds of Paris. Every time I read a book in this setting I hope that it takes me to a place that I haven't been and someday hope to visit. K.S.R. Burns is talented with her words and is able to transport her readers to a wonderful city. There are a few side stories, a friend now being who they seem and a stranger showing up and pushing Amy out of her comfort area, that kept the story interesting. I liked that they added an additional twist to a story that seemed to be heading down the path I expected it to.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
Can an almost 30-something run away from home? And not tell a soul where she’s going? Amy Brodie seems to have accomplished just that. She runs to Paris, the City of Light and hopes that her life will change. Who cares about the life she leaves behind or if anyone actually misses her... The dreaded thirtieth birthday comes, and two visitors leave her wondering if she really wants to hang onto this new life she’s struggled to build. Her husband, Will, shows up—but is he interested in reconciliation or separation? And a young woman who arrives on Amy’s doorstep brings news that could push Amy out into the street. Will Amy stay in Paris or, return to the stability of Will or will she really settle in Paris? She must choose between two very different worlds, for better or for worse This is the second book in this lovely series. Paris holds places in so many people’s hearts. With Amy, it’s a place she felt safe, that allowed her to grieve when she first came after her best friend’s death. And after her marriage reaches a crisis she makes a beeline back, bringing with her issues she needs to deal with. How does she feel about telling Will his parting gift to her may change both their lives forever. Can she share her news with him and see if there is anything left of the marriage? What will her future hold: Paris or Phoenix? This was a lovely book for an admitted Francophile like I am. K.S.R Burns' novel was hard to put down, I was quickly taken with this story. Paris Ever After is a great read, perfect for your summer reading list, and I will certainly keep her in my sights for further stories. Highly Recommended 5/5 [disclaimer: I received this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it]
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Paris Ever After is a fun and at times emotional read. Amy is definitely one I could relate with. KSR Burns did a fabulous job making Amy a true to life character. I felt like I knew her and understood her life. Of course, I would love to go off to Paris for awhile! I am glad I was able to see the city through her eyes. The author’s talent shines by describing the details of the setting, making a reader feel as though they were part of the story. Amy goes on quite the adventure that she would have never expected. Will this lead to a new life and perspective for Amy? There was in no way could I have predicted how it would have ended for her. I give Paris Ever After 4 1/2 stars and look for more by this author in the future. I recommend this book for those who love good contemporary fiction. I received this back from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Shannon_Harris_Writes More than 1 year ago
Paris Ever After continues the story of Amy who months ago took off to Paris on whim after losing her best friend, Kat, to cancer. The story begins after Amy’s return to Paris after an almost return to Phoenix from the end of The Paris Effect. Ms. Burns includes enough description of what happened in the previous book so that one could read this one alone, but you would missing out on the journey of the first one. I highly recommend that despite the ability to read it alone, you don’t. Ms. Burns continues the story in the same cinematic fashion as the previous book. Her characterization leads to some interesting twists throughout the book. Pay attention to the small details she offers because they all add up to an interesting end. Ms. Burns continues her different version of a Paris trip in this book showing us life in Paris. Amy has some growing to do with her new life while balancing some of the one she left behind in The Paris Effect. Amy’s new life isn’t without trouble and witnessing her deal with it under pressure is interesting. Ms. Burns offers some three-dimensional characters whose interlocking stories make for a great journey, not just for Amy, but for each other. I certainly hope Ms. Burns continues Amy’s story in Paris as she offers a real-life experience that would never be experienced in a single trip.