by Sarah Morgan
Those who enjoy women’s fiction and virtual travel to Paris will want to read this novel. It tells the story of two women, Audrey and Grace, whose lives intersect in the City of Light. Each has their issues and troubled pasts. Their friendship, begun in Paris, enriches each of their lives.
Grace has been married for twenty-five years. She thinks that she has a good marriage with a husband to whom she still feels attracted, and a spunky daughter who is soon to leave home for college. Readers get hints early in the novel that Grace’s younger years were complicated. A legacy of these experiences is that Grace is hyper organized, something that irks her husband over time. For their anniversary, Grace, in her usual organized way, has planned a surprise. This is a trip to Paris. She has done everything, even checking in with her husband’s boss to be sure that he can have the month off. Instead of being thrilled, Grace’s husband announces the end of their marriage and his affair.
Audrey, who is London based, has grown up with an alcoholic mother and is dyslexic. She longs for a parent who takes an interest in her and wishes that her school work came to her more easily. Audrey is eager to leave home and travels to Paris.
No surprise, both women go to Paris where they meet. Each grows from the experience. Readers will enjoy their interaction and growth.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.