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That Night In Paris: The perfect uplifting romantic comedy to escape into this year! (The Holiday Romance, Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07ZG8C6L3
- Publisher : One More Chapter (15 April 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1196 KB
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- Print length : 433 pages
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We met funny, vivacious Sarah in One Summer in Santorini, who confided her holiday romance antics to her sister back home, Cat. That Night in Paris focuses on Cat, who like her sister, takes off on a spontaneous jaunt to escape her romantic woes. Not that Cat’s woes were all that romantic. She is doing a runner after making the unwise mistake a sleeping with her flatmate, a guy she really had no interest in.
Although she seems something of a misanthrope, admitting that she really doesn’t like most people, Cat becomes fast friends with three other women on the tour. As they explore the sights of Paris, Italy and Germany, they confide in each other their relationship problems, from which they distract themselves with copious amounts of alcohol, a delectable smorgasbord of the best European food on offer and a backdrop of stunning scenery.
A chance meeting sees Cat renewing her acquaintance with Jean-Luc, an exchange student she was friends with as a teenager. As the two get to know each other, Cat resists her strong feelings for him, adamant that she wants to stay single and protect herself from heartache.
Throughout the novel, Cat confides in Sarah, relying on her for some sisterly advice. I really enjoyed picking up the thread between the two sisters and seeing them bounce advice and banter off each other.
Written in a more innocent time, That Night in Paris was a delight to read. The sense of fun and freedom was infectious, as was the hope for realising dreams and desires and for finding a happier future.
Loved the descriptions of the interaction between the bus buddies and also the travel.
After a night of bad decisions, Cat Parsons books a fortnight trip through Europe to get away from real life. On the trip she quickly bonds with three other women running away from problems of their own. And then a chance encounter makes Cat question if she can always run from love.
The descriptions of the various locations were done really well. I went on a similar bus tour of Europe myself when I was in my early 20s, and it was fun to relive some of the locations. Tour group hook-ups and other shenanigans were rife on that trip and the one in this book, too. I don’t know if some might find it unrealistic, but my reaction was “Yep, sounds about right.”
I have to admit I was much more intersted in the relationships that developed between the four women than the romance, really! Particularly between Cat and “bus bestie” Lou. It was sweet and realistic and I really enjoyed the way it developed. The other two, Jaylee and Dani, were fun though I sometimes couldn’t remember which one of them was which.
Cat is an intersting protagonist. It did take me a while to warm to her, I guess just because we are So. Different. so at first I found it hard to relate. And perhaps I was bothered by the fact that she was a bit self-involved, but as she started to recognise that about herself and change her behaviour, it became easier to get behind her… though I don’t think I ever want to hear the phrase “lady parts” again.
As to the romance, I have to say, I did love Jean-Luc. But I think just a bunch of personal preferences meant I didn’t get wholly into it. The nature of the story meant that the romance played out in a few short encounters over a two week period, where I tend to prefer a slowburn. It’s also a second-chance-at-love romance, which again, is not really my thing.
There’s nothing wrong with either of these tropes! Don’t get me wrong! They’re just not what I generally would seek out. Someone who is really into those will definitely love this book!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for supplying me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This has all the stuff I loved from the first book - travel, fun travel buddies (my shy, introverted self lives vicariously through Barker's characters!) and romantic dilemmas. But I think I enjoyed this one even more because the romance wasn't split two ways and there was a lovely amount of pining mixed in with denial. Also Jean-Luc was such a scene-stealer. xD A great beach read (or for when you want to pretend you're on a beach lol) for lovers of chicklit.
Also Jean Luc - a swoon worthy man worthy of being the best best book boyfriend. He’s pretty perfect. The leaning his forehead against hers. The surprising her.
This book makes me have holiday envy. It made me want to go to Paris and Italy.
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Yay! *mini fist pump* I’m so glad you agree.
*coughs* (into my elbow – times as they are!)
Sorry, got a bit carried away there...
TNIP had me giggling from the first page and Cat’s story really lifted my spirits. Plus, add in one (helluva) sexy French man and what’s not to love? *shrug/snorts* <- that’s multi-tasking right there, peeps.
I’m a Sandy Barker newbie, but let me tell you, I was instantly drawn in by her writing style and the eclectic cast of characters that she has created. TNIP is an effortless read which I was happy to get lost in.
I felt an immediate kinship with the MC, Cat. She is definitely a sister-from-another-mister thanks to her inner monologue and ‘talking’ lady parts *snorts*. Add in her general aversion to people and I had a bestie for life – whaaa??!
Unlike our Cat, the worst that has ever befallen me after a curry and copious quantities of wine is a bad case of the trotskies (TMI?!). I’ve never felt the need to flee from an over amorous flatmate following a night of questionable decisions (read: activities) *winks*. Especially not on a European bus tour *shudders*.
As my friends will testify, I am a terrible traveller. And the idea of being stuck on a coach for hours on end is my idea of h-e-l-l, no matter the number of awesome destinations. Ugh, I feel bilious (word of the day, anyone!) just thinking about it, lol.
What is it they say? Ah yes, *taps chin* reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are. Never a truer word has been spoken (or written for that matter – especially now). Through the author’s writing I was magically transported to every city Cat and her crew visited. I truly felt I was there with them and was able to share in all their delights as they explored. Repeat after me, Laura; one day, one day!
Along with the laughs, I was surprised (others probably not so much) at how emotive I found Cat’s story. There were a few scenes that really ‘got’ to me. This non-romantic romantic was swooning and sighing with the best of them.
*whispers* This is our secret, right? But I had to share my favourite quote with you all:
“It was as though we’d both been holding our breath and the kiss was letting it go.”
Help! I’m gushing...
Normal service has resumed.
Now to catch up with Sarah’s story. Two words: silver fox. Hehe!
However.... the dialogue was utterly tiresome. The mentions of “lady parts” seemed to be in the hundreds, Quite unnecessarily, and the bickering between the four new ‘friends‘ was tedious to say the least. It was also quite irritating after a while as Cat is clearly head over heels in true, true love with Jean-Luc (who sounds devine by the way) yet I’m 80% in and she still doesn’t realise this and thinks they’ll be friends as she doesn’t want a relationship.
Frustrating and irritating, saved by the brief description of tourist spots in Europe. Although the title and cover are misleading as barely any of the book was set in Paris.
Think that is a clue in itself as to how readable Sandy Barker's books are becoming to me.
I thoroughly enjoyed Sarah's story in book one, One Summer in Santorini, and it was great to pick up on the story, interlinked, but on its own journey, about Catherine, Sarah's sister.
Not only do you get a whistlestop tour of some of Europe's most famous cities, complete with descriptions that make you feel like you are standing in the middle of said cities, but there is the huge dollop of 'will she/won't she' romance added to keep you turning pages.
Cat's been hurt before. She's sworn off relationships and men, until a mistaken (bit more than a ) fumble with her flatmate. Disasterous enough to make her book a hasty coach tour around Europe, to get away from the atmosphere she's created, by trying to stay away from her newly love-lorn flatmate.
On the tour, she visits amazing places, cements life long friendships with her 'bus buddies', and ends up bumping into her teen pen pal, Jean Luc, in Paris. And he's no longer that cute, gawky teen whose features haven't quite grown into adulthood at the same time.
Now he is all kinds of hot, good looking - like model good looking, tall, with a to die for physique... and he seems to actually 'like' like Cat.
I don't want to tell you what happens, but wills he be able to stick to her 'no relationships' stance, or will a holiday fling be enough? And what about that flatmate?
Book three - I am diving in, right now!!
I don't like the idea of a bus (coach) tour holiday, for me it is akin to a Cruise ship holiday, and whenever the subject comes up in conversation I feel myself slinking deeper into my seat hoping I won't be asked my opinion on the matter. So as soon as I started to read about Cat's escape plan, I immediately knew it would be a disaster and I was eager to see how badly it would turn out. I couldn't have been more wrong!
Sandy Barker has written a delightful, amusing and brilliant escapade which takes us on a two week, armchair holiday through eight countries. Each stop described perfectly from the scenery, to the food and everything in between. The friends Cat makes on her journey each have their own reason for escaping too. We discover as the bus (coach) winds its way from country to country, what their stories are. They each bring something different in their relationship with Cat. They each have attractive qualities but they also have their flaws, yet they all band together and with the clever writing by Sandy Barker, their friendships seem true to life.
Romantic liasons, drunken fumbles, rekindled friendships and other complications unfold, as our friends find themselves in awkward, charming, hilarious, and disastrous situations on their way to self-discovery. All-in-all, this book is a romantic novel, travel guide, and self-help book rolled into one - and I really enjoyed the coach ride!