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Thursday, April 26, 2018

We'll Always Have Paris: A Novel by Sue Watson

Setting: England
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Author: Sue Watson
Release Date: April 24, 2018

The cover design drew me in. The story held my attention. Were there aspects of We'll Always Have Paris that bugged me? Sure. The story itself was charming and heartwarming. It was an enjoyable rainy day read.

After a long, happy marriage, Rosie Jackson is starting over. Her husband lost a battle with cancer. She's in her 60s and is on her own for the first time in decades. Her daughters help her run the family florist, and Rosie's surrounded by those she loves. She's content and doesn't see herself needing more.

While doing the floral work for a wedding, Rosie is stunned to run into the man who broke her heart so many years ago. It's been 47 years, and Rosie finds herself just as smitten now as she was then. Is there a really a second chance at love after heartbreak?

Rosie has two daughters. One of them drove me nuts. One daughter is supportive and great. The other went through a divorce and found love again, so you'd think she'd be understanding. She came off as a whining brat. I had a hard time with snippets of the story where she was involved. Her teen daughter (Rosie's oldest grandchild), however, was an adorable, smart kid. I couldn't wait to read more of her interactions with Rosie.

I was quickly drawn into the romance. The story of what happened back then is told slowly over several meetings. Both were very young, but the love was so genuine. I was rooting for them to give it another chance. Rosie was clearly and understandably cautious, but she grows and realizes things along the way. I loved her final decision. It was unexpected but perfect.

Read this book, most of the characters have you wanting to get to know them. The pacing is perfect, and it was hard not to feel the wonder of true love as you read each page.

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