Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

Genre: Short Stories
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: October 18, 2016

A few years ago, Jojo Moyes skyrocketed on my favorite author list. Paris for One and Other Stories is uniquely different. There are some romance stories, some that feel like she's been spying on me, and a few that simply surprised me with unexpected twists.

1. Paris for One shares the tale of Nell. She and her boyfriend should be in Paris together, but he ditched her. Now this shy traveler must figure a way to get through a trip to Paris on her own.

2. Between the Tweets is a humorous tale of a TV celebrity who finds himself accused of having an affair. The online accusation isn't going away, so he hires an investigator to get to the bottom of it.

3. Love in the Afternoon finds Sara and Doug taking a surprise anniversary trip. After more than a decade of marriage, their marriage has become a little stagnant and Sara isn't sure what to make of her husband's "surprise" getaway.

4. A Bird in the Hand introduces Simon and Beth. They head off to a party that Beth isn't looking forward to. Things get worse when she bumps into an old flame at the party.

5. Crocodile Shoes introduces Sam, a working woman whose husband lost his job. He's been lax at finding a new one, and Sam's tired of it. When someone swaps their gym bag for hers, she never expects the surprise in that bag will change her life.

6. Hold Ups involves a robbery at a jewelry store. Things certainly do not end up as expected.

7. In Last Year's Coat, Evie desperately needs a new winter coat, but layoffs and stagnant salaries make it impossible. She has her eye on a dream coat, but she needs a miracle to happen if she's to afford it.

8. Thirteen Days with John C involves a lost cell phone, some sexy messages, and one bored wife who is about to experience the unexpected.

9. The Christmas List shares Chrissie's tale. Her mother-in-law is coming and Chrissie's husband decided it's up to Chrissie to find the picky things his mom wants.

Paris for One and Other Stories does a great job at mixing up settings, topics, and character ages. I loved many stories and found a few others felt a little too true. When I hit the name "Farnsworth" in one of the stories, I snickered thinking the author definitely tapped into my mind.

Some stories bring a tear to your eye, some make you laugh, and all make me feeling very lucky that I got to read this solid collection.


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