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review 2019-02-02 04:57
B.A. Paris: Bring Me Back
Bring Me Back: A Novel - B.A. Paris

B.A. Paris takes the reader to the on a journey where one man must decide between his first love and his new love:

Finn and Layla were young (though she was quite a  few years younger than him) and in love but on a drive home from a vacation they stop at a rest stop to use the washroom and when Finn comes out Layla is no where to be found. There is no sign of a struggle, no sign of where she could have gone, she has disappeared forever. Ten years later Finn is no engaged to Layla's sister Ellen who were drawn together over their grief of Layla's disappearance. Finn knows it must seem strange to people that he would be with his previous girlfriends sister but Finn also still feels close to Layla when he is with Ellen. Everything changes with one phone call where a person says they have seen Layla. So begins the strange events that start happening, finding Russian dolls every where and emails from a mysterious account that claims to be Layla. Finn doesn't know what to do or what to believe, could his long lost love really be back? What about Ellen the? Or is someone just playing an awful trick on him? Finn needs to figure everything out quick before he loses everything.

This is the third book that I have read by Paris and in my opinion it is the weakest of the three books. This is not to say I did not enjoy this book but I found that it was fairly slow, took me a bit to get into the overall plot and lacked the suspense of the previous two books. This book is mainly becomes a love triangle with the main character Finn and two sisters both of whom he loves but in different ways and at different times in his life. It comes to the point where he is forced to choose between them. So basically a love triangle with deadly consequences and so twist and turns along the way (thought I did figure out what was going to happen) but a love triangle nonetheless.

This does have classic Paris format where she goes between past and present which allows us to see the differences not only between Finn's relationship with Layla and Ellen  but also how different the two women are. We also get points of view from both Layla and Finn in the past and the course of events that takes Finn to his current predicament. 

It is hard to like Finn as how terrible he is towards many people in his current life especially his current fiance but I honestly don't think you are supposed to like him. Actually it is hard to like really any of the three main characters for many of the choices they have made and the actions they have taken against each other in both the past and present. It was really hard to choose someone to cheer for, I mean there are many times you feel sorry for Ellen but at the same time you want her to grow a backbone and take it Finn for the things that he does.

I know my review does not sound glowing but I did enjoy this book, it was one big soap opera and overall it is good read once you get into the story. But Paris has come out with yet has been as good as Behind Closed Doors, however, I will continue to read Paris' books as I do find myself enjoying them.

Enjoy!!!

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review 2019-01-28 17:21
La coppia perfetta - Francesco Graziosi,B.A. Paris

Il libro si lascia leggere con facilità. L'inizio è molto intrigante, lei mogliettina ansiosa di far bella figura con invitati a cena e lui marito premuroso che aiuta in cucina e poi le chiacchiere su come sia perfetta la loro unione, i complimenti reciproci e il tutto raccontato dal punto di vista di lei, Grace, che però lascia trasparire tutta la sua angoscia per ogni gesto fatto o risposta data, perché tutto deve essere perfetto. Poi in un susseguirsi di capitoli uno al passato e uno al presente ci viene presentata la verità.
Come dicevo l'inizio è stato intrigante, ma man mano le situazioni si ripetono e il libro perde un po' della tensione iniziale per poi risollevarsi nel finale. 

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review 2019-01-27 20:50
The Paris Seamstress, Natasha Lester
The Paris Seamstress - Natasha Lester The Paris Seamstress - Natasha Lester
I loved reading this story. I received this copy for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. This story really touched my heart. Since my dad was a pow in that war, WWII, it brought out some of the things that I remembered he talked about. Since the first hero was a spy and the second one was a friend, this story covered several years and generations. There were a lot of twists and turns and I had to keep reading to discover what next, then at the end, realized that there were a lot of true facts that made it more impressive. So many people risked their lives helping those escaping from the Germans. Even in these days, we need to be more vigelent to what is around us. I've given this a 5* rating.
 
 

 

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text 2018-10-14 22:53
The Sunday Post - Paris Edition - Part Two (A Follow-Up...)

Happy Sunday!

 

It just occurred to me that I spent the whole day reading and pottering about but haven't actually sat down to follow up on my promise last week that I would share pictures of my exploring Paris south of the river last Sunday.

 

Let me remedy this:

 

So, most of you know how much I LOVE the Natural History Museum in London, right?

 

Much like myself (still suffering from that stupid cold), Paris was under the weather last Sunday, so I thought I'd go and explore Natural History Museum there as it is a little bit off from the tourist trail and I figured that there would not be as many crowds.

 

So, I set off on the Metro, which was empty. Landed at my stop, and turned down into an empty street. 

 

I finally got to this entrance:

 


It doesn't look like much when you first get there, does it?

 

Once you walk through the gates, you find yourself in the middle of a park. So, I thought "Okay, ... where now?" Then I walked further along the little path ahead and  ... Wow!


Trust the French to turn a museum into an entire park full of palace sized buildings (each dedicated to a different discipline), botanical gardens, benches, and public access for joggers and anyone else who wants to go for a stroll.
Phenomenal. 

 

 

I was pretty run down on account of the cold (and a little fever) so I didn't get to see everything I wanted to see. It's definitely a place I want to return to on the next trip. 

 

I did love the dinosaur exhibit, but then it is hardly surprising that this section should be impressive. After all, Georges Cuvier (a statue of whom is above) was as important in the history of this museum as Richard Owen was for the NHM in London, and as we know ... Georges Cuvier very much is one of the, if not the, founding father(s) of paleontology.  

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review 2018-10-07 17:30
Discover Paris (Lonely Planet Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Discover Paris (Travel Guide) - Christopher Pitts,Catherine Le Nevez,Nicola Williams,Lonely Planet

Good, compact, and it includes all the relevant information about the main sights.

It also has a removable fold-out map and metro map, which is very handy.

 

The restaurant, shopping, and bar listings mean that the book dates very quickly. 

I wish more time had been spent on information about sights instead of those listings.

 

However, each section also includes proposed walks which are easy to follow and average a distance of between 3 and 4 km, which is manageable in Paris at a leisurely pace.

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