Love from Paris by Alexandra Potter, publisher Hodder & Stoughton, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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How far would you go for love?
When new boyfriend Jack stands her up at the airport, Ruby Miller dries her tears, jumps on the Eurostar and heads to Paris. She thinks she’s going there to visit an old friend and have a total break from romance. But the City of Love has other ideas.
A locked apartment where time has stood still, a bundle of long-lost love letters and a flirtatious French lawyer sweep Ruby into a mystery that spans over seventy years. Who is the author of the letters? Why did the owner of the apartment close up the shutters and flee Paris before the war, never to return? And what secret was she hiding?
As the mystery deepens, Ruby turns love detective but it’s not long before the ghosts of the past throw her own love affair into jeopardy.
I loved this beautiful, emotive, heart felt, romantic story spanning through the decades. This is the first book I’ve read by Alexandra Potter and she has swiftly become one of my favourites. (Need to catch up with her back catalogue).
I instantly fell in love with the cover of the paperback. I do love books with illustrated artwork and with the added embossed words and sparkle I was drawn to the book and wanted to dive into the pages and get lost in the words.
Ruby Miller is an author and is so excited about her upcoming birthday when her American boyfriend is due to fly in and spend some quality time with her. Ruby and Jack haven’t seen each other for a good while and are feeling the strain of a long distance relationship. However, Ruby is left devastated when Jack cancels plans to visit her at the last minute. Ruby then decides to accept an invitation to visit her good friend, Harriet, in Paris and hops on the next Eurostar. She is hoping that this visit to her friend will help her forget about her planned romantic weekend with Jack but visiting the city of love is proving difficult to ignore romance and all things love.
Harriet works for a big auction house and has just been given an exciting and very intriguing new acquisition with the firm. She is to assist with the estate of a recently deceased old lady who kept an apartment in the centre of Paris. From what is known of this lady she kept this apartment locked for many decades and hadn’t returned to Paris following her flee from the city during the start of WWII. As an author Ruby is fascinated with this apartment and would love to know the story behind it. Ruby goes along with Harriet to view the apartment ready for cataloguing the estate for the auction house. When the rusty locks from the apartment are released and the door creaks open it’s like entering a different world. The rooms and furnishings are exquisite and it appears that the late owner of the apartment left in a hurry as a table is still set out for visitors. How the author, Alexandra, described this first viewing of this almost forgotten apartment sounded magical especially with the dust motes sparkling in the sunlight creeping through the curtains.
Ruby stumbles upon a bundle of letters and the mystery surrounding the apartment is too much for Ruby’s inquisitive mind and she borrows the letters to try and unravel the secrets from the apartment and the past.
This was such a gorgeous, fun, romantic story set in two different time frames. It was also quite tragic for the love and life that could never be fulfilled due to unfortunate circumstances and barriers back in the 1940s. Alexandra’s description of Paris and the south of France was so detailed I felt I could envisage sitting in a little chic café watching the world go by. A truly, beautiful, love story that spanned decades 5*.
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