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review 2018-01-17 21:53
The Paris Spy (Maggie Hope #7) - Susan Elia MacNeal
The Paris Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal

The pace and the action of this book would have normally made it a four star read. Then the end happened. It was such an unbelievable sequence that I had to take a star away. This series seems to have an unbelievable element in every novel but this novel took the cake. 

 

The meticulous research the author did is obvious. There were a few points where the story pacing suffered from the dreaded information drop. I did not find it took away too much from the story. The history of spies, particularly female spies, in WWII is a pretty fascinating topic. The end where the British master plan is revealed, is particularly fascinating. I'm not on a mission to do some extensive research on people like Henri Dericourt, Vera Atkins, and Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan. 

 

While some have suggested this book could be read as a stand-alone novel, I would highly recommend starting from the beginning. 

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review 2018-01-16 02:19
Paris for One and Other Stories ★☆☆☆☆
Paris for One and Other Stories - Jojo Moyes

Et tu, Jojo?

 

I've found books by Moyes to be light escapist romance-ish fiction, always good for lifting my spirits. So imagine my sense of betrayal to find that she's jumped on the First Person Present Tense bandwagon. 

 

Just say "no", Jojo. Please. 

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quote 2017-12-31 00:53
The bookseller could not imagine what might be more practical than a book
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review 2017-12-18 00:00
The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel
The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel - Nina George,Simon Pare If ever a novel had the wrong title then this is it. Nina George dedicates the story to "The departed and to those who go on loving them", and this is the essence of the novel. The central character, Jean Perdu is a bookseller and yes, he does sell books, but not from "The Little Paris Bookshop" but from a barge the "Literary Apothecary". Jean Perdu does not just sell books, he dispenses them. He says, “There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”. The story begins in Paris but the floating bookshop is soon sailing south, as Jean Perdu finally faces up to the grief of the loss of the love of his life. A book to savour for all romantics who love books.
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review 2017-12-08 18:52
I Savored This Book
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories - David Lebovitz

I had so much fun reading this cookbook/memoir over the past week. I didn't hurry, just enjoyed the recipes, the little stories, and the vibrant pictures that David Lebovitz included. 

 

I will say that I found the recipes intriguing and thought everything sounded great. I am now addicted to salted butter and found out things that I never knew before regarding duck fat. Also I now want to buy all the duck fat and make it with potatoes. Mmmmmm.

 

I would say that I wish that we had more stories included. The recipes are great, but the book comes alive for me when Mr. Lebovitz gives readers an intimate look at his life in Paris. Whether it is finding out where to get kale or how to purchase cheeses, he makes everything seem like a fun adventure. 

 

One warning. Do not read this book if you are even a little bit hungry. 

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