Paris is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlay


If you’re looking for a well-written contemporary romance novel, look no further. This book is absolutely charming with likeable characters and a story you won’t want to put down.

Seven years ago, Chelsea Martin took a gap year to travel Europe which brought her happiness and romance in the cities she visited. She ended this trip abruptly when she was called home to be with her terminally ill mother. Since that time, Chelsea has been focused on her work with the American Cancer Coalition and has shown herself as a very successful fundraiser. She’s also competitive and wants to be the best, and would be if it weren’t for her co-worker Jason who also shows great talent.

When Chelsea learns that her father is going to re-marry, she examines her own life and realizes that she really has been happy since the death of her mother. She decides that in order to start living again, she needs some away time to heal and to bring joy back into her life. She decides to relive her gap year European vacation - including visiting the three men she had romances with during that time. Will Chelsea experience the trip the way she had seven years ago?

I really enjoyed this book. It flowed easily and I looked forward to reading it. It addresses the difficulty of living life after death of a loved one with sensitivity and emotion. I loved the storyline of Chelsea revisiting several European cities and what she learns about herself along the way. I also appreciated the fact that Chelsea encounters several problems during this trip which also creates realism to the story. I look forward to reading more from this author.

I listened to the audiobook version which is narrated by Brittany Pressley, who brings Chelsea the youthful, charming voice I would expect her to have. I did not feel she was simply reading the book, but rather bringing characters to life. The narration flowed naturally and was easy to understand. Overall, an excellent performance.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

18 comments:

  1. Aww! I love when there is natural narration! It's something that I love about Lindsey Kelk's books! I'm not sure if I can read this right now since I lost my own mum to cancer, but it sounds amazing!

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    1. I am so sorry for your loss. I love Lindsey Kelk books as well!

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  2. I've just downloaded this to Audible as I was looking for a new ebook! Thanks for the recommendation :)

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    1. Excellent! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  3. Oh this books sounds so perfect for me! My partner and I spent the last year living in Prague, partially inspired by his father's sudden passing and realizing life is too short. I will definitely pick this one up!

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    1. That’s wonderful. Let me know if you enjoyed it!

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  4. Travel, romance, and food? What could be more perfect than this?! Saving it on my To Read list. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  5. It's great that it had a natural narration, it's awful when you think you have a good book but it feels a little stiff. I'm not really into romance but this sounds like a nice read x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  6. Sounds like a great summer read, anything that includes travelling is usually always fun too :)

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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    1. Thanks Anika! I agree with you that books with travel are fun!

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  7. This sounds like a really cute book. It's also a great reminder that we all need to make time in our busy schedules for our own happiness - a point that we forget far too often!

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  8. This sounds like such a cute book, and I love that she is travelling around Europe! Great review, happy to hear you loved the book. :)

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  9. Sounds like a really good book!

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