I’m excited to welcome Amanda from Heartless Girl to Paris Month today! Amanda has a fantastic lifestyle blog that covers books, food, style and travel and her Instagram is always full of gorgeous photos. Today, Amanda shares her review of Nicolas Barreau’s novel Paris Is Always a Good Idea.
I am a firm believe that Paris is always a good idea. The city of love, pastries and art will always be a place that I want to visit. In light of recent tragic events, it may be more important than ever to continue to remind people that yes, Paris is always a good idea. This novel by Nicolas Barreau may inspire someone to visit Paris.
Luna Luna is a charming postcard shop in Paris owned by Rosalie Laurent. Here, she sells her hand illustrated “wishing” post cards to select clientele.
Trouble and luck ensue when Rosalie gets the offer of a lifetime to illustrate a children’s book of a famous author. But is she getting more than she bargained for when she discovers that the origin of the story isn’t as clear cut as she had hoped? Rosalie and an American journalist are pulled together in a unlikely way, and together they hunt down the truth.
As a freelance illustrator, I found myself identifying with Rosalie in more ways than one. Hilarious at times and charming at others, and I found myself wishing that I was a little bit like Rosalie, or at least her best friend. Here’s an excerpt that I liked:
“Rosalie was a great believer in little rituals. Rituals gave some shape to life and helped to put the confusion inherent in existence in some kind of order and stay in control of things. The first coffee in the morning. A croissant from the boulangerie. Her daily walk with William Morris. A little tarte au citron on every uneven day of the week.”
Packed with serendipitous moments, delicious food descriptions, a fitness obsessed boyfriend and other delightful moments, this book is a fast read.
Just like a flaky croissant, you’ll savour this book until the last bite.
-Amanda Nunes, 5 stars