PARIS EVER AFTER
Paris Forever #2
Author K. S. R. Burns
Narrated by Elise Arsenault
Published by: Tantor Media
Publication date Aug 14, 2018
Running time 10 hrs 20 min
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Can Amy’s rocky start in Paris turn into a happy ever after?
Amy didn’t realize how stale her life was until she jetted off to Paris without telling a soul—not even her husband—and had the adventure of a lifetime. Now as she tries to establish herself in the City of Light, she finds that despite a fun (and quirky) group of friends and the ability to indulge in French pastries whenever she wants, reinventing her life is much harder than she imagined.
Then on Amy’s thirtieth birthday, two unexpected visitors leave her wondering if she will soon be saying au revoir to Paris and the new life she’s struggled to build. Her estranged husband, Will, shows up—but is he interested in reconciliation or separation? And a young woman who arrives on Amy’s doorstep unleashes chaos that could push Amy out into the street.
Amid secrets and surprises, set in enchanting gardens, cozy cafés, and glittering Parisian streets, Amy must choose between two very different worlds. And each has a claim on her heart.
As Amy’s Parisian dream starts to fall apart, she must decide: return to the stability of Will and Phoenix (if that’s even still an option) or forge her way forward in Paris? https://tantor.com/paris-ever-after-k-s-r-burns.html
A woman who leaves a husband she only married because it was important for the moment and then when the moment passed there was no common ground. After she takes off for France they both move on. It’s interesting, and Amy knows it, that her lack of unhappiness at the separation, and her halfhearted attempts to gets not a harbinger in touch with him, is not a harbinger of good news for her relationship.
When she sees Will, turned up by surprise, and goes on to her birthday party; when she finds the unexpected girl mentioned in the blurb far more upsetting than her spouse showing up the reader should realize there’s not much holding the couple together. Her professed willingness to go back with him to Phoenix (of which she speaks with about as much affection as one would for cleaning toilets), is also halfhearted.
The arrival of a young woman on her doorstep, referenced above, is a wrench in her safe position, her plan b. These two events happening within twenty-four hours represent the crossroads of her life, both push her off being able to stay in a harbor where she has no need to make a decision.
I did not believe the friends she’s found in France as characters: they are all too much – over the top. caricatures. Too many parents and friends have died to make this story.
Amy is like flotsam and jetsam on the wave of tumultuous change, only directed by a new priority and new feelings. Most of what happens to her is chance, good fortune mostly.
This story is one that takes place in Paris because sometimes it is legendarily a a place of second-chances, amazing occurrences and new beginnings. Could it take place elsewhere – is Paris intrinsic in the algorithm of change that occurs in Amy’s world? I don’t know. But, Paris seems to be a kind of authorial shorthand for this.
Elise Arsenault is new to me as a narrator. I only have a little French so whether her French pronunciation is fabulous I cannot say, but her emotional expression is spot on and she has not overacted.
This was an unusual and interesting premise and I enjoyed it. I would have liked it to be a little less of a fairy tale. She’ll need the good king and queen as well as the knight in shining armor to save her. But, it was a good read.