They say Paris is the City of Love, so bring your je ne sais quoi and don’t forget the mistletoe!
Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold and the scent of spiced wine is all around, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex.
Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, watch lamplight glittering on the river Seine, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men ... Until they cross paths with handsome, mysterious photographer Julien with his French accent and hazelnut eyes that seem to see right inside her.
Ava can’t ignore the intense chemistry between them, but her fingers have been burned before and she can’t forget it, especially when her ex, Leo, starts texting again. Can Ava really trust Julien – and what exactly is his secret?
Will Ava go home with a broken heart, or will she find true love amongst the cobbled streets of Paris?
Join Ava and Julien in the most romantic city in the world this Christmas, as they discover the importance of being true to themselves, and learn how to follow their hearts.
Lisa's Review - 5 out 5 stars
I always look forward to reading anything by Mandy as you know she never disappoints and yet again she's written a fabulous story!
One Christmas in Paris is going to have you reaching for that blanket, a glass of wine, and probably some Camembert while you fly through the pages of this un-put-down-able romance.
Ava has found out that her boyfriend has cheated on her. Her mother is pushy, always trying to get her to do modelling work but making Ava feel inadequate at the same time. Her best friend Debs has an article she needs to write and just happens to be heading to Paris and takes Ava with her to escape.
It doesn't take long for Ava to meet Julien, a handsome French photographer with his own sad story to tell.
In between seeing as much of Paris as Julien can show her, and chasing a woman round to try determine if Debs step dad is cheating on her mum, Ava learns Juliens history and together they try to fix each other, as well as organise a very last minute showcasing of Juliens work that will not only help heal him but his family and others too.
I absolutely loved One Christmas in Paris. Mandy always gets it spot on with her characters and I love them all! I rooted for Ava from page one, and just grew fonder as the pages added up.
What really made this book special for me was the amount of realism added throughout. We all know that sadly over the last few years Paris has suffered some terrible tragedies and I love that Mandy used references to these throughout. It made the book much more real as you can't help but root for the people of Paris to continue to rise above and beyond and help heal each other. It certainly added an extra tinge of sadness, but also a dose of the phoenix rising from the ashes kind of feel for the whole city as well as the people, showing each other and the world they won't be beaten.
Again with all of Mandy's books I can't put the book down. Pages fly by and her style of writing is just flawless, and she is one heck of a story teller. Not one page lacks, there's never a dull part, everything flows perfectly until you sadly hit the last page!