Monday, July 30, 2018
Published October 2016 by Penguin Publishing
Source: loaned to me by a book club friend
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 quintessential Jojo Moyes—as are the other stories that round out the collection
That summary is absolutely right, Paris For One is quintessential Moyes in this collection. The title story, Paris For One, is a novella and the book is rounded out with eight short stories about women who are unsatisfied in their love lives discovering inner strength, new passion, and courage they didn't know they had.
Although none of the stories has the emotional depth of Moyes' Me Before You, they are not without lessons for all women. From reminding women to appreciate the man they fell in love with to reminding women that they deserve to be loved and appreciated. Also, that Twitter can be bad, as can affairs, and that the right pair of shoes can do wonder for a woman's self-esteem.
Moyes always adds an element of quirky fun to her stories and these are no exception. Which makes the entire collection a quick, fun read. There are some surprises, as well as some endings that are predictable but perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection and recommend it to any fan of Moyes.