Title: Love From Paris
Author: Alexandra Potter
Published by: Hodder Paperbacks
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.
From the bestselling author of Me and Mr Darcy, this magical romantic comedy is for every girl who has ever dreamed of the glittering lights of Paris and of a love that last a lifetime …
Based on the title, Love From Paris, obviously the book is set in Paris, the ever famous City of Love. It is actually the reason why I picked out this book and also, because of the cute cover. Only, I failed to notice, and it wasn’t indicated that it is the second book from a series. I haven’t read the first one, The Love Detective, and I was a bit reluctant to start with this one. But, dig in, I did, since the story looks promising. I didn’t regret my decision one bit as it can be easily read as a standalone. It is witty and yes, romantic. An old school kind of romance intertwined with mystery. And I enjoyed reading every bit of it.
When Ruby Miller’s boyfriend stood her up at the airport, she was so devastated but instead of moping, she decided to take her friend Harriet’s offer to visit her. Determined to forget about her disappointment, she jumped on the next Eurostar to Paris. When Harriet was tasked to work as an antique specialist on an apartment that’s been locked for decades, Ruby gamely posed as her assistant. There, she discovered mysterious love letters which piqued the interest of the love detective. She was sucked in a love story that happened pre-WWII and it’s hard to just let go of it and not know what happened. So, play detective, she did. What she found is a lovely but tragic love story of Emmanuelle and Henry, that will surely touch people’s heart.
What I like about the book is how it highlighted the story of Emmanuelle and Henry, which I believe is what makes it a good read. A love story in the past where there’s no modern technology present, their means of communication is thru writing letters to each other. It is quite endearing. I like how it didn’t focus on the complicated relationship of Ruby. I’m okay with whatever happen to Ruby’s love life, actually. Maybe because I haven’t read the first book so I can’t connect with Jack, Ruby’s American boyfriend. Other characters such as Harriet, Luc and Xavier are fun to read, though. I easily like them and would certainly love to read more about them, I hope. The mystery that was built on the first few pages is what will capture your attention to keep on reading. Add Paris to the mix and it’s one book that is hard not to like. It will make the readers yearn to visit Paris, for sure. I know I do.
If you are a hopeless romantic, Love From Paris is definitely a must-read.
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