Book Reviews

Moonlight Over Paris Blog Tour

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I am so excited to be a stop on this book tour!

From the back of the book:

An aristocratic young woman leaves the sheltered world of London to find adventure, passion, and independence in 1920s Paris in this mesmerizing story from the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France andAfter the War is Over.

Spring, 1924

Recovering from a broken wartime engagement and a serious illness that left her near death, Lady Helena Montagu-Douglas-Parr vows that for once she will live life on her own terms. Breaking free from the stifling social constraints of the aristocratic society in which she was raised, she travels to France to stay with her free spirited aunt. For one year, she will simply be Miss Parr. She will explore the picturesque streets of Paris, meet people who know nothing of her past—and pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

A few years after the Great War’s end, the City of Light is a bohemian paradise teeming with actors, painters, writers, and a lively coterie of American expatriates who welcome Helena into their romantic and exciting circle. Among them is Sam Howard, an irascible and infuriatingly honest correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Dangerously attractive and deeply scarred by the horror and carnage of the war, Sam is unlike any man she has ever encountered. He calls her Ellie, sees her as no one has before, and offers her a glimpse of a future that is both irresistible and impossible.

As Paris rises phoenix-like from the ashes of the Great War, so too does Helena. Though she’s shed her old self, she’s still uncertain of what she will become and where she belongs. But is she strong enough to completely let go of the past and follow her heart, no matter where it leads her?

Artfully capturing the Lost Generation and their enchanting city, Moonlight Over Paris is the spellbinding story of one young woman’s journey to find herself, and claim the life—and love—she truly wants.

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My thoughts:

Earlier this month something terrible happened….Downton Abbey came to an end. What was I to do without the adventures of Lady Edith and Lady Mary??

Well, thankfully, I received this book. It is perfect for Downton Abbey fans. Lady Helene even reminded me of Lady Edith. We start out with Lady Helene, just getting over a terrible case of scarlet fever and an equally terrible break up. I quite liked her character. She gained strength and character as the book progressed. Along with a lovely cast of supporting characters she gains a respectable backbone.

One of the other things that I really liked about the book was that the romance was not central to the story line. Helene’s desire to finally live her life on her own terms was the central plot in the story. I love it when an author gives their main character life goals beyond getting married and making babies, don’t you?

This is not an incredibly fast paced book which makes it perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon or for some reading time by the pool. So go check out the book, it is available now (just saw it on display at Barnes and Noble today).

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