Review: Paris is Always a Good Idea

Paris Is Always a Good Idea


It’s been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong post-college European adventure. Since then, she’s lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea’s thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knightley, her status as most talented fundraiser is unquestioned.

When her introverted mathematician father announces he’s getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died, and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her gap year. Inspired to retrace her steps–to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy–Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago, can help her find it again.

From the start of her journey nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected.

Rating: 5-stars


Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlay is the most amazing heartfelt novel I have ever read. It brought about all the tears both good and sad. The humor inside left me laughing so hard-I could not stop. The image of the hero’s grin every time he grinned at the heroine made me smile. The tale was full of emotionally charged scenes.

I felt everything the characters felt. It was as though I had lived inside this book and experienced it all firsthand versus sitting on my bedroom stool reading words on a page. This was the best story I have read in a long time. The novel is not just a romance or a feel good tale. There was a deep connection between the characters and what they had loss and what they have found together that I was hooked. Loss, grief, fear, and love was not just woven beautifully on every page of this book, but they could be felt.

These characters felt alive and as real as any writer could possible make them. I want to go back into the book and read it again and again. Jenn McKinlay is a talented writer and a master at creating the best fiction. Action-packed, never a boring moment, and a raw intensity that pulled me deeper into the lives of fictional characters-is something I want to relive every day. Wow!

One question-Jenn McKinlay, please, tell me there’s a book 2 or something to follow up on these two amazing out of the world characters? I need to know more!

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