Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: Paris Cravings by Kimberley Montpetit


Published February 2014 by Spellbound Books, 205 pages
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Can life really turn on a dime,
a missed bus—
or a stuck pastry shop door?

Chloe Dillard’s life has always been complicated. Her mother is a neurotic romance novelist and her boyfriend, Mathew, has been pressuring her to go “all the way”—even as one of her own best friends offers to accommodate him.

But after The Worst Night of Her Life, Chloe escapes on her Senior Class trip to the swoon-worthy city of Paris which takes her mind off her troubles—temporarily. On the final leg of her dream trip, Chloe squeezes in one final run for a last-minute box of decadent pastries. Add a stuck door, subtract a broken four-inch heel from her cute strappy sandals, and Chloe ends up one stuck girl on the bakery shop floor with a sprained ankle.

Rescued by the shop owner’s dreamy son with chocolate-syrup eyes, the beautiful city of Paris suddenly becomes Chloe’s personal secret adventure. And even though Jean-Paul, the oh-so-kind La Patisserie shop boy is the gentlemanly guy Chloe has always dreamed of, even he has a girlfriend.

The police are tracking her down as a run-away, Mom’s having a nervous breakdown over her daughter’s “disappearance”, and Chloe’s just trying to have a Happily-Ever-After even as her dreams with Matt are swirling down the drain.

Could being lost in the city of Paris be just what the doctor ordered? What’s a girl to do in the most romantic city in the world?

My Review:  I absolutely loved this book! I took German in High School and my sister took French. I always thought it was the most romantic language ever...and now my daughter is taking it in school. There were plenty of French phrases and even more delicious French pastries. I honestly felt like I was exploring Paris with the descriptions given in the story. It wasn't a travelog by any means, but a magical, romantic story that completely drew me in.

Chloe's story unfolds in snippets given here and there. She trying to make a big decision and decides to wait until after her trip to Paris with her French class that happens right after graduation. Mathew, her boyfriend, is pressuring her to give in to him physically and she just doesn't want to. I love how strong and dedicated she was to herself and her decision to wait, especially when she says, "I just think everybody should wait and make your husband or wife your one-and-only." That's exactly how I feel! I felt a connection with Chloe and not only because of that. She wants to make the most of the time she has and does so.

Jean-Paul was fabulous! Melting chocolate colored eyes...yum. Their connection was sizzling hot, yet it all stayed clean. Bonus points for that! Is a chance meeting connection enough to last or is it just a one-time thing? Read this book to find out.

I loved the ending, but I really wanted to know more about how her decision played out. Those details were skimmed over, but what happens after that was magnifique! Ooh-la-la.

Content: some swearing (not a lot); no violence, but some mild disrespect to authority; kissing and talk of sex, mainly the boyfriend wanting it and the MC not--no details. I would consider this clean for an older teen/adult.

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About the Author:
Kimberley MontpetitKimberley Montpetit once spent all her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops when she was in Paris—on the arm of her adorable husband. The author grew up in San Francisco, another swoon-worthy city, loves all things Parisian and chocolate and lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her family.

Kimberley has won many awards for her work, including the Southwest Book Award, the Whitney Award, the Arizona/New Mexico Book Award, is a Crystal Kite Finalist (SCBWI) and included in the Bank Street College Best Books of the Year.

She once stayed in a haunted castle tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland, sailed on the Seine in Paris, walked the beaches of Normandy, eaten in numerous French cafes, ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan, sunbathed on Waikiki, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.

She adores all baked goodies; brownies, éclairs, donuts, tarts, and pie, and makes a lot of chocolate chip cookies while revising.

Kimberley is, of course, hard at work on her next novel(s).

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