Book Review: Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Nicolas Barreau


Title: Paris Is Always a Good Idea
Author: Nicolas Barreau
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9781250072771


Rosalie Laurent is the proud owner of Luna Luna, a little post-card shop in St. Germain, and if it were up to her, far more people would write cards. Her specialty is producing “wishing cards,” but where her own wishes are concerned the quirky graphic artist is far from lucky. Every birthday Rosalie sends a card inscribed with her heart’s desire fluttering down from the Eiffel Tower – but none of her wishes has ever been fulfilled.

Then one day when an elderly gentleman trips up in her shop and knocks over a post-card stand, it seems that her wish cards are working after-all. Rosalie finds out that it is Max Marchais, famed and successful author of children’s books who’s fallen into her life. When he asks her to illustrate his new (and probably last) book, Rosalie is only too glad to accept, and the two – very different – maverick artists become friends.

Rosalie’s wishes seem to be coming true at last, until a clumsy American professor stumbles into her store with accusations of plagiarism. Rosalie is hard pressed to know whether love or trouble is blowing through her door these days, but when in doubt, she knows that Paris is Always a Good Idea when one is looking for the truth and finding love.

My Review:

I love stories from France, because they are usually more romantic.  However, having a setting in a foreign country with different languages is tricky.  This book takes place in France, and most of the people are French except for Robert and Rachel.  99% of the conversations should have been spoken in French, but the entire book is written in English.  The only thing that bothers me is the little French words here and there.  They are suppose to be speaking in French anyway, why those simple French words.

The first one-third of the book is kind of boring, when it is only building the relationship between Rosalie and Max.   The story gets a lot better when Robert comes into view.  The ending is very predictable, but the story itself is not bad.

4 out of 5 stars
Received a free copy from Goodreads First Reads program.


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