When divorced mom Sadie Ford realizes her 17-year-old daughter Scarlett has run away to Paris all she can imagine are terrorist bombings and sex slaves. After learning her daughter chased a French exchange student home, Sadie hops on the next plane in pursuit. She joins forces with the boy's father, Auguste, and the two attempt to find the missing teens. The chase takes Sadie and Auguste to the seedier side of Marseille, where their own connection is ignited. Since the divorce, Sadie has devoted herself to raising kids and putting her dreams on hold, but when her daughter needs her most, Sadie finds that concrete barrier to life beginning to crack. In her journey, she learns the difference between watching the hours pass and living.
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Paris Runaway starts off with any parent's nightmare. Sadie finds that her teen daughter, Scarlet, has lied to her about her whereabouts and has actually run away to her classmate Luc's home in Paris. I would be beside myself and not have a clue what to do. Sadie? She just hops on the next flight to Paris and begins her search. I have to say, I admire her courage and determination. I just could not imagine going into a foreign country alone. With the seriousness of the situation aside, I did find myself laughing out loud at some of her antics going through the city. Then she finally finds Luc's father, Auguste, who just discovers that his son is, also, missing. They wind up on quite an adventure they never thought possible. I did not expect the twist to where they would end up next. I did like this book. It has a perfect combination I love in a story, some laughs, mystery, suspense, adventure, action, and romance. I highly recommend it! Five stars I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This book review is 100% my own honest opinion. Note to my clean readers: There is some foul language and mild explicit scenes within the book.
This book was a refreshing read, especially because the heroine was not an early-20s woman, but one of middle age, with teenage kids and a 'normal' life. That is, hectic and messy and full of the little details that a lot of books gloss over. I connected with her immediately, and could feel her frustration and anger and worry all at once. And when the action moved to Paris, I was delighted to be 'visiting' one of my favourite cities once more. I could absolutely envision the car chase through the huge traffic circle at the Arc de Triomphe, and wandering down avenues, and experiencing Paris for the first time. Now that I've read The Paris Runaway, I think I'm going to need to go read all of Ms Kincer's other books!
The title is actually a giveaway to the crux of the story. As the title suggests, our protagonist, Sadie finds herself in Paris chasing her younger daughter who took off to Paris in search of an exchange student whom she thinks she is in love with. What follows is a roller coaster ride of emotions and physical chase. The story started off on quite a slow note. Sadie took her sweet time to get on that plane. Also I found it a bit hard to believe that a mother would just take off without a help to find her daughter. Reality took a hit there at that point in the story. However, that recovered very sharply when Sadie tracks her daughter down sensibly by checking her card usage. The highlight of the book would be its narration. Looking at Paris through the writers eyes was sheer blissful. The narration is vivid and the writer has tastefully described Paris even when the story demanded that the setting be dimmed out. That blending and weaving of the setting even when the main character writhed in turmoil was done perfectly without compromising emotions. The characterization was near perfect, but I felt the writer could have given more shades to Scarlett’s and Luc’s character. She compensated this short fall by portraying Sadie very realistically – A typical middle-age woman with all her insecurities. That part of the story was heartwarming to read. It is apparent that the writer has penned the story with the intent of it being converted into a movie. MY SAY: A heartwarming tale RATING: 4/5