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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-08-01 20:37
The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel - Nina George,Simon Pare

** spoiler alert ** First of all this book was not what I expected. I guess I expected a light-hearted romp through Paris to enjoy on my trip to said city. While it was something altogether different, it was well written and kept my attention as it wound through the waterways of southern France. It gave me an exposure to a beautiful country and unforgettable characters.
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It's a book of love, yes, but also sadness.

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review 2018-07-29 18:19
Little Paris Bookshop
The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel - Nina George,Simon Pare

Review to Come, still trying to catch up from my trip.

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review 2018-07-27 21:08
Poignant and soul searching
Paris Echo - Sebastian Faulks

Tariq Sandrine, a Moroccan teenager, has taken the decision to travel to Paris in part to discover something about his Parisian born mother...."Paris and its beauty, by its pavement cafes and its trees and bridges, by its cathedral floating on the stream and all the other charms to which no sane person could fail to respond"...... Hannah is in Paris as part of her studies; a thesis she is writing on the women of Paris during its occupation by the Germans in 1940-1944. When Tariq and Hannah meet by chance a strange alliance develops between them, a meeting of lost souls in a city with a troubled war history.

 

Tariq finds employment in the guise of a fast food outlet where he is introduced to the joys of smoking hash and loose women. As a 19 year old and a late developer his part in Paris Echo is his coming of age. It is however the experiences of Hannah and her attempt to source surviving evidence either written or recorded that lends to Paris Echo a great sense of loss and hopelessness. She learns of the attitude of Parisian women to the German occupation and tearfully researches such brave resistance fighters as Andree Borrel, a young French woman trained by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) Through an act of betrayal Borrel is captured  and sent to "Natzweiler" the only concentration camp ever built in France...."but when her turn came, Andree was still conscious and fought back, tearing flesh from the face of her murderer with her fingernails as he pushed her into the flames"....Fraternization, collaboration and betrayal was what defined Paris at this time..."the indifference of others; the racial hatred and propaganda and the deportations to the death camps"......

 

This is a poignant sobering story blending historical fact into a modern setting. Two young people trying to interpret this business of living and their role within that. For Tariq it will mean friendship, manhood and winning the girl of his dreams. For Hannah true love has always been close but will she discover its tender touch before it disappears. Paris Echo is a story full of hope with a simple message that life is for the taking and only by action can we understand the true meaning of what it is to exist. Many thanks to the good people at netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written.

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review 2018-07-24 18:49
Behind Closed Doors
Behind Closed Doors - B.A. Paris
I could hardly put this book down. I think I finished it faster than I did the Breakdown. I even enjoyed this one more than the Breakdown. This was a pretty fast paced story and it held a lot more suspense. A lot more!
 
I'm not sure how to even review this without spoiling anything. You learn right away what's actually going on so there really isn't any big mystery to be had and if you read the blurb you will already have a pretty good idea, however, I'll just say what I did and didn't love about this book and leave it at that.
 
First, Paris can really write a villain you can hate. I wanted to see this character ripped apart by wolves, poisoned, beaten, humiliated and overall just die a slow, miserable death. Second, I loved Millie! She is Grace's younger sister with special needs. She is funny, smart and absolutely hates George Clooney. She gave me quite of few chuckles in between all the fear and worry I had for her safety. 
 
I loved the ending, but at the same time I kept thinking, there is no way. Absolutely no way. There are so many situations that didn't make sense throughout the book because in reality, those situations just wouldn't happen, but that's OK. I read to escape reality and this book definitely did the job. I'm looking forward to reading Bring Me Back just as soon as my library has it available, in about 98 days or so. *sigh*
 
 
-Shey
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review 2018-07-23 17:52
The Breakdown
The Breakdown - B. A. Paris
This book was recommended to me by a Barnes & Noble employee who found me wandering aimlessly through the aisles, as I often do when I have far too many books on my tbr shelf, but can't pass a bookstore without popping in for a minute or an hour or so. I didn't catch your name, wonderful employee lady, but thanks for placing this in my hands!
 
 I love when a book gets straight to it! I was immediately caught up in the story. Paris had me invested from chapter one. Thank goodness for rainy, dreary days, because I had zero reason to put the book down and adult.

On a stormy night, Cass heads home down a treacherous short cut, despite her husband telling her not to take that dangerous route. She sees a woman in a car and stops to see if she's broken down and in need of help. The woman doesn't get out of the car and Cass fears it might be a trap, so she leaves. The next morning she discovers the woman she saw was murdered and now Cass is wracked with guilt.

I wouldn't call this a super scary, edge of your seat thriller. It mainly keeps you wondering whether Cass is imagining she is being stalked by the murderer or if it's all in her head. She begins receiving phone calls and believes they're from the murderer, but no one actually says anything when she picks up. In addition, she begins forgetting things quite often. Lunches with friends, things she's ordered, signing a contract to have an alarm installed, the list goes on. She fears that she may end up like her mom who was diagnosed with early onset dementia.

I was able to sympathize with Cass and her fears. I help care for my elderly grandmother who has a tendency of forgetting everything. She forgets where she left her shopping list, her mail, her money, her phone, repeating conversations 3 and 4 times and I often worry, I might follow in her footsteps. That's a scary thought!

It wasn't too difficult to figure out the whodunit portion of the story. In fact, I had most of it figured out from pretty early on, but the ending did have a few surprises that I enjoyed and it was quite a satisfying ending. I enjoyed her writing so much I've already gotten about halfway through Behind Closed Doors. Since the Breakdown was the first book I read by Paris I decided to jump straight into her debut novel and I'm looking forward to tackling her newest release.
 
 
-Shey
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