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The Paris Wedding by [Nash, Charlotte]
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When is it right to follow your heart? From the plains of rural Australia to Paris, the City of Love, lose yourself in this touching and romantic story by the bestselling author of THE HORSEMAN

Ten years ago, Rachael West chose not to move to Sydney with high-school sweetheart Matthew. Instead she stayed on the family wheat farm, caring for her seriously ill mother and letting go of her dreams. Now, Matthew is marrying someone else. And Rachael is invited to the wedding, a lavish affair in Paris, courtesy of the flamboyant family of Matthew's fiancée - a once-in-a-lifetime celebration at someone else's expense in Europe's most romantic city.

She is utterly unprepared for what the week brings. Friendships will be upended, secrets will be revealed - and on the eve of the wedding, Rachael is faced with an impossible dilemma: should she give up on the promise of love, or destroy another woman's life for a chance at happiness?

If you enjoy reading Rachael Treasure and Rachael Johns, you'll fall in love with this deliciously poignant story about family and friends, and love lost and found.

**INCLUDES a bonus extract from Charlotte's bestselling novel THE HORSEMAN**

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1490 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia (27 June 2017)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NCEREKR
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Oh, another beauty by Nash - and another one I just had to finish. All I wish to say, is "You just have to read this book." It has compassion and emotion, and we can all empathise with Rachael's life lessons.
Each of Nash's books tell completely different stories, which indicates her diversity and excellent ability to construct a great read. I have now read all her novels and I am already anxiously awaiting her next one. Keep them coming, please!
Also, pleasing to see Nash has an excellent proof-reader. Nash's work is always grammatically correct, descriptively written and there are no spelling errors, which also make her books so much easier to read.
5 stars never seem enough for an author of the caliber of Charlotte Nash.
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I was so happy when I received a copy of this book in the mail, once again able to delve into the engaging storytelling of Charlotte Nash, and The Paris Wedding did not disappoint.

Rachael had just buried her mother after a long illness. For ten years, her life had been put on hold as she had been primary carer for her mother while taking over the running of the family farm in outback Milton. At the same time, her best friend and forever love, had walked out of her life, ending any dream she had of a life with him. Now as she opens an invitation to his wedding Rachel is thrust back into the memories she had long since buried, forced to face the reality that he had moved on and so must she.

I made a note when I was 6% into this story that I felt this heartache was coming, pausing for a moment before I read Rachael’s reaction, and it was just as painful as I imagined. Her emotions are raw and I understood her reaction to the invitation and her reluctance to attend, even if it was an all expenses paid trip to Paris. But with her best friend Sammy’s prodding, she decides to go, hoping that it will give her the closure that she needs to move forward. As her memories of dormant dreams assault her, she takes this as her opportunity to redefine her identity and decide whether to stay in Milton or follow her dreams elsewhere. I related to Rachael and her need to find herself as her choices become her own, much like, when our children grow up and become more independent and leave the nest. I could feel her excitement as Paris opens up her eyes to new possibilities, allowing her to imagine living the life she had only dreamed of so long ago.
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At 28 years old Rachael had given up the last 10 years of her life to care for her sick mother on their family farm in country NSW. She didn't begrudge those years, she loved her Mum and it was just the two of them but overhearing some women talk at the funeral, makes her realise that she did give up a lot and her first love Matthew. Now, the day after the funeral she receives an invite to Matthew's wedding to a Sydney socialite....in Paris with all expenses paid. Maybe it's time to live a little and the wedding might be just the event to let her move on from him.

I loved this story, for me it was unashamedly pure escapism. I experienced every emotion while I went on Rachael's journey along with some local town characters and her best friend Sammy (her +1 invite, who is having problems of her own). Rachael is also an accomplished seamstress, something she was taught by her mother and along with the beautiful descriptions of Paris, the descriptions of the dresses, fabric and stitching that Rachael had made/done was exquisite. Really, what I loved about this book is that is wasn't so much about romance, it was about Rachael finding herself after all this time.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for granting me a copy to read and review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life can be long or so short, and we don’t know which it will be. There is no time for looking back. 13 July 2017
By Artfullee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was so happy when I received a copy of this book in the mail, once again able to delve into the engaging storytelling of Charlotte Nash, and The Paris Wedding did not disappoint.

Rachael had just buried her mother after a long illness. For ten years, her life had been put on hold as she had been primary carer for her mother while taking over the running of the family farm in outback Milton. At the same time, her best friend and forever love, had walked out of her life, ending any dream she had of a life with him. Now as she opens an invitation to his wedding Rachel is thrust back into the memories she had long since buried, forced to face the reality that he had moved on and so must she.

I made a note when I was 6% into this story that I felt this heartache was coming, pausing for a moment before I read Rachael’s reaction, and it was just as painful as I imagined. Her emotions are raw and I understood her reaction to the invitation and her reluctance to attend, even if it was an all expenses paid trip to Paris. But with her best friend Sammy’s prodding, she decides to go, hoping that it will give her the closure that she needs to move forward. As her memories of dormant dreams assault her, she takes this as her opportunity to redefine her identity and decide whether to stay in Milton or follow her dreams elsewhere. I related to Rachael and her need to find herself as her choices become her own, much like, when our children grow up and become more independent and leave the nest. I could feel her excitement as Paris opens up her eyes to new possibilities, allowing her to imagine living the life she had only dreamed of so long ago.

In some instances, her experiences had meant that she was mature beyond her years, but in others, she was green and unaccustomed to navigating the emotions surrounding romantic relationships. Rachael was so mired down in her grief, yet so caught up in the feelings that seeing Matthew again evoked, that it did cloud her judgment on one occasion in particular, which was heartbreaking to watch. It was a tough lesson to learn and I thought she did do well to atone for her actions. We all have instances where we wish we could turn back time, have a do over, take back actions or words. The beauty of this story is how Rachael worked through her dilemmas and the pace at which this progressed. It was realistic and authentic. The synergy between characters added to the depth and gave me moments of joy and sadness, gravity and humor, complementing the overall story.

While there was a romance woven into this story, it was predominantly about Rachael’s character growth, coming into her own, following her dreams and, in the end, her heart. Making peace with her past and moving forward on her own terms, coming to realise who and what was important in her life and honouring those connections and choices.

This author’s descriptive narrative always impresses me. I love Paris. I could live there I love it so much, and this book just brought back all the reasons why I am going back this October for another visit. The scenes she paints of Paris and Milton are evocative and visceral. I could feel the hot winds blowing across the wheatfields, I could smell the earthy fragrance of the dusty outback, I could feel the excitement of the hustle and bustle of Paris, the history, and romanticism seeping into my pores. This book is a good example where the scenery could be seen as a secondary character.

Filled with genuine emotions and relationship dynamics, this story was genuine and emotive and I always feel part of this authors stories. From the identifiable characters to the atmospheric settings, from the uplifting character growth to the poignant life lessons, I did enjoy this book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable! 27 June 2017
By Brenda Telford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When Rachael West received the richly embossed invitation to Matthew and Bonnie’s wedding, she knew immediately she couldn’t accept. Matthew was the man who had broken her heart ten years prior, when she’d stayed on the family farm to care for her mother instead of joining him in Sydney; and she still carried a torch for him. To see him marry someone else would be all kinds of heartache. But the invitation was for a week-long stay in Paris – all expenses paid; staying in a top of the range hotel; tours and sightseeing, plus airfares. Rachael had never been out of Australia – how could she pass up such a holiday?

Rachael’s mother had just passed away after a serious illness and she was feeling frail and grief stricken. Everyone, including her sister Tess, told her to take advantage of the invitation. So Rachael asked her best friend Sammy to accompany her – Europe’s city of love was in their sights…

The opulence of their accommodation had Sammy and Rachael gasping – and as their pampering continued, Rachael could almost forget why they were in Paris. Almost. It was when she saw Matthew for the first time in ten years that she knew she had made the wrong decision in accepting the invitation. What would happen during this week of turbulence and delight? Rachael’s confusion and sadness would mix with awe and pleasure – but what would the wedding day bring?

The Paris Wedding by Aussie author Charlotte Nash was an absolute delight to read. From the cover I imagined it would be pretty much a romance novel, but it’s not – it’s more to do with Rachael finding herself; working out what she wants to do with her life after sacrificing ten years to care for her mother. All her friends are married and most have children. Her sister has a husband and three children – and she’s younger than Rachael. She knows of her sacrifice but doesn’t regret it. Her grief at her mother’s passing at such a young age is real – Rachael is a very “normal” character; very relatable. From Milton near Parkes in country NSW to the bright city lights of Paris, The Paris Wedding is a well written novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fabulous story and trip to Paris 27 June 2017
By Mrs. Helen Sibbritt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If you ever wanted a trip to Paris then this is the book to pick up, not only will have a fabulous holiday in Paris but you will meet country girl Rachael West who has lived her life on a farm in NSW Australia growing wheat she has been caring for her mother and running the farm for the last ten years and after her mother passes away Rachael’s life is about to change drastically. One big question does she still love her first love?

Rachel had chosen to stay in the small country town of Milton to care for her mother rather than moving to Sydney to study at university with the love of her life Matthew Grant who was going off to medical school they had big plans for their future but like some plans they change and people change and Matthew ends up breaking off their relationship and moves on in life leaving Rachael to carry on being the caring person she is.

So when the invitation to Matthew’s wedding arrives just after the death of her mother and it is an a trip to Paris for a week of events Rachael is torn between going or not, you see she still loves Matthew and this is going to be hard for her. With her best friend from school Sammy, she decides that going will get him out of her system once and for all but maybe not. Sammy goes with her on the trip that will uncover secrets pull friends apart and also make new friendships even if embarrassment makes the new friendships stutter a bit.

I really did love this story it is compelling reading once you pick it up you will not want to put it down it is beautifully written and yes there were tears, sadness and joy, MS Nash has captured the honesty and the strength that true friendship holds. The journey from country NSW Australia to Paris was amazing the descriptions made me feel like I was there and the clothes to be able to sew and design like that. This is a story that I highly recommend and will stay with me for a long time to come, oh to see Rachael realize what she needs to do with her life and Antonio is just what she will need  a fabulous read.

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