Title: Paris for One and Other Stories
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publication: 18th October 2016 by Michael Joseph
Around the Year in 52 Book Challenge – A collection – short stories
A collection of 11 unmissable short stories from the number 1 internationally bestselling author of Me Before You and After You
Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a romantic weekend away-to anywhere-before. Travelling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up, she has the chance to prove to everyone-including herself- that she can be independent and intrepid. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed . . .
In the ten other stories, Jojo Moyes introduces us to a cast of strong, relatable women in the midst of their everyday lives. In Honeymoon in Paris, featuring characters from her bestselling novel, The Girl You Left Behind, Liv and Sophie – though decades apart – both find that marriage is only the beginning of their love stories. InCrocodile Shoes, a businesswoman’s blossoming confidence emerges from a fateful changing-room mix-up. And in both Love in the Afternoon and A Bird in the Hand, two couples dance around the trickiness of long-time marriage. In this irresistible collection, readers will be whisked from elegant perfume shops to taxis to five-star hotel rooms and more.
I love Jojo Moyes, she is one of those few authors that can make you cry with sadness and laughter all in one book, sometimes at the same time. I adored Me Before You and After You So, when I saw this book, I had to read it.
This book contains 11 stories, some are longer than others and I definitely enjoyed some more than others.
My favourites were:
Paris for One: This novella takes up over half of the book. It feels like it has a clear ending book. This was my favourite story in the book. I loved the Paris setting and the heroine’s emotions.
Honeymoon in Paris: The was the second longest story in this book. It flicked between Liv and Sophie who lived decades apart (characters from The Girl You Left Behind, but you don’t have to have read this to love the story). Both newly weds are struggling with the beginning of their marriage.
My least favourites
Last Year’s Coat: A woman is jealous about other people’s lives, mainly that they can afford to buy things and her family can’t. She wants a new coat. She ends up getting the coat..
Thirteen Days with John C: I didn’t enjoy this one at all. Infact, I skim read most of it.
It’s worth reading for the main two stories but the other could be missed.