Paris for One and Other Stories
By Jojo Moyes
Novella and Short Stories | Women’s Fiction | Contemporary Romance
Audio Formats (Edition Reviewed)
Published by Penguin Random House | Penguin Audio
Read by Fiona Hardingham, Susan Duerden, Jayne Entwistle, Olivia Mackenzie-Smith, & Katharine McEwan
CD: 360 Minutes | Audiobook Download: 345 Minutes
Also available in Hardcover & E-Book (Pamela Dorman Books) 288 Pages,
Paperback (Random House Large Print) 368 Pages
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
About Paris for One and Other Stories
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and After You, a sensational collection featuring the title novella and eight other stories. Quintessential Jojo Moyes, Paris for One and Other Stories is an irresistibly romantic collection filled with humor and heart.
Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a romantic weekend away—to anywhere—before. Traveling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone—including herself—wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? Funny, charming, and irresistible, Paris for One is vintage Moyes—as are the other stories that round out the collection.
Read by Fiona Hardingham, Susan Duerden, Jayne Entwistle, Olivia Mackenzie-Smith, and Katharine McEwan
I don’t know why, but I was surprised that this was short stories and a novella, PARIS FOR ONE. I enjoyed the novella, although I felt as if were missing backstory from the beginning with talk about a girls’ drinking weekend. Nell, the female love interest is a girl whose self confidence has been squashed by her mother. Other experiences in her life have made her so careful people make fun of her for it.
Her story as she arrives in Paris starts off with an unpleasant experience with an American. Her presence, though rather vile, is the pivot for the story. The climatic point, denouement and ending are perfect. It’s really romantic, but a pretty clean romance.
So it is sad that all the other fade into the background for me. On perusing the Table of Contents, I can’t even recall several of them.
“Between the Tweets,” looks at the strange world of social media and made me wonder a little about a massive loose end.
“Hold Ups” about a jewelry store robbery was very, very strange as I listened to it after reading a newspaper article a friend had written about a similar event where I grew up. The favorable treatment of one character didn’t sit well with me after reading about the real robbery.
“Last Year’s Coat” was a pretty tale and demonstrated how JoJo Moyes gets the reader to fill in some of the blanks in the story from our own lives or imaginations.
“The Christmas List” felt a little “It’s a Wonderful Life” but I didn’t feel the outcome resolved the character’s issues with her marriage.
All in all, this was entertaining just for PARIS FOR ONE. I had mixed reactions to the remaining tales, but really enjoyed the novella and felt the narrator did a lovely job. I wish I could tell which reader read which story, but in my advanced listener’s copy I could not locate the info. The promo information points out that it is a great gift for any fan of the author, and I would definitely agree.