Anita Hughes’s Christmas in Paris is a moving and heartwarming story about love, trust, and self-discovery. Set during the most magical week of the year, the glorious foods and fashions of the most romantic city in the world are sure to take your breath away.
Isabel Lawson is standing on the balcony of her suite at the Hotel de Crillon as she gazes at the twinkling lights of the Champs-Élysées and wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. She was supposed to be visiting the Christmas tree in the Place de la Concorde, and eating escargots and macaroons with her new husband on their honeymoon. But a week before the wedding, she called it off. Isabel is an ambitious Philadelphia finance woman, and Neil suddenly decided to take over his grandparents’ farm. Isabel wasn’t ready to trade her briefcase for a pair of rubber boots and a saddle.
When Neil suggested she use their honeymoon tickets for herself, she thought it would give her a chance to clear her head. That is until she locks herself out on the balcony in the middle of winter. Thankfully her neighbor Alec, a French children’s illustrator, comes to her rescue. He too is nursing a broken heart at the Crillon for the holidays. With a new friend by her side, Isabel is determined to use her time in the “city of lights” wisely. After a chance encounter with a fortune teller, and a close call with a taxi, she starts to question everything she thought was important.
A beautiful setting, delicious food and lovely fashion are mainstream in an Anita Hughes romance novel. I love the author’s descriptions and details. They are engaging and lead me to feel like I’m experiencing the most amazing destinations with the characters in the book. If Paris at Christmas is anything like Anita Hughes describes in her book, I am adding it to my bucket list.
Three days before her wedding, Isabel Lawson calls off her wedding. Although she has feelings for Neil, possibly love, it is not the kind of love that will last for a lifetime. Her ex-fiancé (Neil) suggests that she travel to Europe and spend the week in their honeymoon suite to help her to clear her head.
The first night in the honeymoon suite, Isabel locks herself out on the balcony in the freezing cold. Her only way in is to disturb the people staying in the suite next to hers. She throws her pump at the sliding glass door and is finally saved by Alec, a children’s book illustrator. Alec is also staying in the honeymoon suite alone, his heart recently broken by his fiancé.
If you have read Anita Hughes novels, you will find Christmas in Paris to be predictable, but it doesn’t matter. The romance in her novels are wonderful, the characters are glamorous and intelligent and there is always a little bit of a love triangle to weed through. I did struggle with Isabel at times feeling like she was a little on the snooty side, but that didn’t interfere with my feelings about the book. I think anyone who loves a good romance will like this book.