In Australian bestselling author Charlotte Nash's U.S. debut, a young woman attends her ex-boyfriend's Paris wedding and discovers more than she ever dreamed in the ultimate city of love.
Imagine you are invited to Paris, the City of Love, to witness the wedding of your first love to a woman you’ve never met. Would you go?
It’s been ages since Rachael West has seen the man she once believed she couldn’t live without. Receiving his wedding invitation was bittersweet—she was oddly touched he’s asked her, but knows that facing him on this day would be the hardest thing she’s ever done.
But her friends and family convince her to attend. After all, it’s an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris! Surely she can get through that one day, and discover all the delights of that magical city the remainder of the time.
So Rachael leaves her small town, setting off for the City of Lights with her best friend, two feuding neighbors, and a suitcase full of home-sewn couture in tow. She’s determined to let Paris work its magic—and it does by way of a handsome photojournalist. And before her adventure is over, Rachael will be faced with yet another choice. But this time, hers isn’t the only happiness at risk . . . .
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About the Author
Charlotte Nash began stealing her mother’s Jilly Cooper novels at the age of thirteen and has been enthusiastic about romance ever since. She started writing after graduating from medical school, and her romantic stories set in amazing places are now published around the world. She lives with her family and chickens in a cozy cottage on the east coast of Australia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5★s “If it’s real love, you’ll find a way to support each other’s dreams. Otherwise, what’s the point?” The Paris Wedding is the fifth novel by Australian author, Charlotte Nash. No way was Rachael West going to the Paris Wedding, even if it was all expenses paid. In fact, she’d already thrown out the fancy invitation. She was still grieving for her mother. How could she go to see Matthew Grant, her ex-boyfriend, her high school sweetheart, married to a society belle? Bonnie Quinn’s rich father was footing what had to be a hefty bill: a week in Paris with airfares and accommodation for guests included. Matthew was the man she didn’t follow to Sydney, electing instead to stay on the farm with her mother, finally nursing her to the end, just weeks before. Matthew may have left her broken-hearted ten years ago, but she realised she was still in love with him. Her best friend Sammy suggested that maybe watching it happen would cure her of that and let her get on with her life. “And that was how Rachael ended up sitting on a Parisian rooftop after midnight with her ex-boyfriend’s new fiancée while wearing a pyjama top.” Nash gives the reader a story with a plot that looks predictable: are these characters going to behave in disappointing ways and cause sadness to third parties? Will they make better choices and realise their potential? Nash’s characters are certainly very human with all their flaws and foibles. But, while some behave quite predictably, others surprise. She gives some of her characters wise words, succinctly expressed, and perceptive observations: “Think of nerves as a give-way sign on the road. Pause, have a look around, make sure there’s no danger. They’re not a sign to stop.” is one example. “…most of us aren’t good at grieving, particularly in western countries. We’re so conditioned to think sadness and sorrow are bad, that they should be fixed as soon as possible. But you can’t fix them. Someone you loved has gone, and nothing will replace them. You can only carry the sorrow. You shouldn’t feel like you have to make it go away, especially before you’re ready.” “Journalism is about cause and effect. And it’s most powerful when the cause is universal – war, disaster, governments - and the effect is hidden. The journalist’s job is to uncover and connect the causes and effects. A photojournalist can do it in one picture.” Nash renders for the reader country NSW, the dust and heat of summer, as easily as she captures Paris in the spring. Her enthusiasm for the art of creating a fashion masterpiece is also apparent. Her descriptions of Rachael’s creations are certainly evocative but some readers might wish for illustrations. This edition also features the first three chapters of Nash’s earlier novel, The Horseman. A very enjoyable romance.
I completely enjoyed this book. I started it late Sunday night and wanted to stay up reading but couldn't. I managed to finish it this evening. I just couldn't wait to find out what happened with Rachael and her cast of characters. I related to Rachael so much! I feel like we all have that one person we would love to turn back the clock for. For Rachael that is Matthew and well Matthew is marrying Bonnie. Rachael makes the decision to head to accept her former boyfriend's invitation to the wedding of the century. She knows it is going to be tough but she also knows just by going it will help her get over him. Or does it? Rachael really comes into her own during the course of this novel. It isn't just a romance novel it is a coming of age story. She has to figure out who she really wants to be in life after spending 10 years taking care of her ailing mother. Pick up this book! The writing flows smoothly. The characters are likable. You really will want to finish up the book just to see what happens to Rachael.
Rachael West, 28, has just lost her mother. The woman had been ill for 10 years and Rachael was her caregiver. She loved her mother dearly and had devoted her life to her, giving up university and a man named Matthew. Her sister, Tess, is pushing her to clean out her mother’s things which irritates Rachael. When they were kids, her parents divorced. Tess moved away with her father and Rachael stayed with her mother. Rachael’s best friend, Sammy, is her support. When the mail brings an invitation to a wedding, she is surprised that it is for Matthew whom she lost, and a very wealthy young woman, Bonnie Quinn. Racheal is not sure she wants to see Matthew again because she is still deeply hurt that he left her. But, since this is an all expenses paid trip, she decides to go taking Sammy with her as her “plus one. They are both enamored by Paris and enjoy the sights. The photographer for the wedding is a handsome man who shows Rachael many areas of Paris. He is truly interested in what she wants from life. Seeing Matthew again brings back memories for Rachael, but she also likes his fiancee, Bonnie. Rachael is a talented seamstress and Bonnie’s grandmother is very interested in her talents as she was once a well-known French dressmaker. As the week progresses, both Rachael and Sammy face some difficult decisions that they must make. Will Rachael be happy to return to her farm in Australia or does she want something more from life? This is a very well-written story that depicts close family and friend relationships. It also shows readers what can happen if wrong moral decisions are made. Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.