MOST exciting news: Paris Ever After (the sequel to The Paris Effect) is coming out on May 1, 2018.

NEXT most exciting news: Just this week we received the first “official” review for Paris Ever After. It’s from Midwest Book Review and since it’s all so nice I’m just giving you the whole thing. Here it is:

 

Paris Ever After is a love story that follows the results of Amy’s impulsive flight to a city far from home, and continues the adventure she experiences upon moving to Paris, far from her former life.

Amy told nobody of her goals and departure when she fled, and now she’s building a new life in the city of dreams, and is pregnant at the age of thirty. She’s enjoying every moment of new friendships, French culture, and a life that feels far more immediate than her old world.

Unfortunately the past has a way of swinging full circle into present-day affairs, and Amy finds her new life shaken when two visitors (one from her past; the other an unexpected arrival bringing conflict into her world) show up. Is Amy firmly enough rooted and committed to her new Parisian persona to deflect forces that could tear apart what she’s built? Would it be safer to leave Paris, or smarter to stay?

Readers with a special affinity for Parisian culture will relish a novel that is well steeped in French affairs, serving as an enthralling backdrop to Amy’s ongoing transformative process.

Paris Ever After excels in building the kind of story that is immediately absorbing and even, surprisingly, educational (“Yes, in France the cheese course comes with rules. It’s hilarious. Women are served first. Older people are served before younger people. If a cheese is round you carve out a wedge. If a cheese is rectangular you cut an even slice across the short side. Your pieces should be no bigger than the size of your pinkie finger. Do not take more than three varieties of cheese, and, whatever you do, serve yourself only once. I love stuff like this.”).

Equally powerful is the human psychology that permeates Amy’s changing relationships and revelations: “In our few years as a couple I’ve done the weeping for both of us. Even when I had the miscarriage, soon after our hasty wedding, all he did was look grave, and then, days later, inform me in a neutral tone that “one third of first pregnancies end in miscarriage.” Facts and data. They can serve you, and you can love them, but they’ll offer little love or solace in return. Anyway, information isn’t the same thing as knowledge. I said this to William once, not long after we started dating. He just looked at me.”

It should be mentioned that Paris Ever After is also a touching and engaging read fueled by the compassion of its characters and by their realistic cross-cultural encounters and connections to past and present: “Here I am in a foreign country, far from my humble upbringing in inner city Phoenix, but suddenly, I feel totally comfortable, totally at home.”

Whether it’s passion, compassion, romance, or confronting emotional ties, Paris Ever After is the kind of captivating read that can fling even armchair travelers into another country into hearts and minds that are filled with interpersonal connections and beauty.

The result is a story that is emotionally heartwarming; filled with warm tea, giving, and inter-relationships that feel compellingly familiar. As Amy makes some tough decisions and continues to cement her love for Paris, readers will find themselves thoroughly immersed in the atmosphere and attractions of French culture in a highly recommended leisure story for a stormy night, a stormy heart, or an attempt to reconnect with the intrinsic goodness in people.

-D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review