The Paris Effect is the story of ten eventful days in the life of Amy Brodie, a dieting-obsessed twenty-something woman who attempts to escape food and her future by taking a secret trip to Paris.

Of course, when has anything ever been that easy?

You’ll enjoy The Paris Effect if you’re into Paris, food, and adventure. In fact, you’ll even discover things about Paris not found in any guidebook. If you can’t afford a trip to France this year, you can surely take a virtual vacation with Amy.

Here’s the official publisher’s “blurb”:

Friendship, loss, and a tantalizing trip to Paris…..

When Amy loses her best friend, Kat, to cancer, she thinks their dream of a secret trip to Paris will never come true. Yet Kat’s last words urge her to embark on the Paris trip alone and leave her stale life in Phoenix behind.

Guided by Kat’s bold voice, Amy takes the plunge and sneaks off to Paris without telling a soul – not even her husband. However, despite finally being in the City of Light, she finds that her problems have come right along with her.

Through her adventures, laced with luscious descriptions of food and Paris, Amy learns that often in life, love, and friendship, nothing is exactly as it seems. Will Amy choose the life she’s discovered in Paris or decide to revive the one she left behind?


Paris Voice says: “Discover a Paris that few casual tourists see–a multinational, multilingual Paris of street hustlers, puddles of pee, diesel fumes…”

Kirkus Reviews says: “… a can’t-put-down-book… never stops being an absorbing adventure–not until the gratifying final moments… A lovely ode to Paris, friendship, spontaneity and forks–both on the plate and in the road.”

Midwest Book Review says: “The story is about food and obsession. . .a feisty, believable protagonist’s journeys, and the underlying purpose and realities of dieting and weight loss that all combine to make for a fun, vigorous read.”