'Paris Is Always A Good Idea' Book Review

'Paris Is Always A Good Idea' Book Review

Take a walk in Paris with Rosalie Laurent

One of those books that takes you to another place, like your room as a child sitting on your bed in your favorite pajamas with the smell of the already eaten dinner lingering from the kitchen. Those feelings books give you is the reason why we read them. We like to feel as if we can understand each character and how we would see their lives from our eyes. Have you ever done that? Put yourself in the character shoes and say OK this is me, these are my friends and this is the situation. The way you can comprehend their visions and their ideas when you pretend their feelings are yours. Much more simple to put our feelings into words, make them see this way or that way without all the complications in the middle. Then as you read on you realize their emotions aren’t actually simple, you learn the characters complications. You feel them, you practically know the characters by now as if they were your closest friends and you’re just on for the roller coaster ride.

This is how Paris Is Always A Good Idea made me feel. At first when I was getting to know each character which they divide by chapter and everything seemed so simple. Rosalie owns a little postcard shop in Saint-Germain called Luna Luna, she is very optimistic, not in favor of activities it takes to get fit, has a boyfriend the complete opposite as her and loves the color blue. Seems simple right? But then the book takes you on a whirlwind of an old man taking an interest in her, a few break ups and a crazy adventure that changes everything.

After you are walked through Rosalie’s world Nicholas Barreau takes you through Max Marchais’ which take you through the eyes of a successful children’s author who hasn’t written in years, his agent trying with all his might get Max to write something new. The author meets Rosalie after stumbling into her postcard store which then happens again when we meet a meticulous Robert Sherman with his stunning blue eyes. Everything still seems humble as this point. That is until Robert accuses Max (Rosalie’s now good friend) of being and thief and stealing his story and explaining that the story is actually his.

However, Robert is visiting from New York and Max and Rosalie live in Paris. How would this story have gotten out to only these two men in such great distances? Who should Rosalie believe? Her now almost boyfriend, or this great old man? She has grown an attachment to both and can no longer stand in the middle. She is finally able to get these two to meet and that’s when the real story begins. Max and Robert find out they are closer than they could have ever imagined and Rosalie is in shock. She also learns that the man she is beginning to fall in love with has a girlfriend, or is it his fiancé? Has Rosalie completely ruined a possibly marriage? Her gut is turning and your mind will be to, until the very end.

Needless to say, I loved this book. It kept me interested all the way through, having me think anything could possibly happen at this point and I was completely unsure of where it might end. Nicholas Barreau has a way of explaining the characters to a point where you feel you are in their thoughts completely and it is so detailed you feel as if you are this person, each person. Which pulls you into the story even stronger.

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7. Sneak in

If you’re at all like me, you’ve been (im)patiently waiting for your invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding at St. George’s Chapel on May 19. Sadly, my invitation will more than likely never arrive, but if you happen to fit one of these descriptions, an invitation might end up in your mailbox.

1. Be royal or a head of state

This goes without saying, but royals and heads of state from all over the world will be receiving invitations to reiterate and inspire their country’s bond with the United Kingdom. 45 foreign royals from 20 countries attended William and Kate’s wedding in 2011, so similar is expected for Harry’s.

2. Be almost royal

The extended family of the British Royal family will be in attendance as well along with those in England who hold a royal title. (Earl, Duke, Knight, etc.)

3. Be a sports star or musician

The likes of Serena Williams, David Beckham, Posh, and Sir Elton John will all be receiving invitations. If you’re a world-class athlete or musician, you could be attending as well.

4. Be a royal plus one

Princess Eugenie’s fiance Jack Brooksbank will get an invitation this year, as will Pippa Middleton and her husband James Mathews. While boyfriends/girlfriends don’t typically get invitations, fiancés and husbands can expect to be in attendance.

5. Work with a royal while in combat

Harry’s career has been built around his years of service in the British Royal Air Corps so it’s expected a few of his buddies will be there as he walks down the aisle.

6. Work at the royal wedding

So maybe you won’t be sitting in the pews at the church, but at least you can say you were there.

7. Sneak in

While it’s highly unlikely that you could actually pull this off considering the amount of security detail that will be on the premises, if the guys in Wedding Crashers can do it, who says you can’t?

8. Go on a class field trip

100 local school children are going to be invited to attend the wedding. Sounds like a pretty good reason to wake up early on a Saturday.

9. Be a representative of one of Harry’s charities

Harry is known for his servant’s heart, and 200 of those who help out with his charities will be in attendance.

10. Be a staff member of the Royal Household and Crown Estate or the Windsor Castle community

Over 1000 staff members will be invited to the royal wedding, and it’s not too late to work for the Royal Family. Just make sure you get hired before May 19!

11. Be selected by a Lord Lieutenant

The Queen has nine Lord Lieutenants – one for each of the counties in England. Kensington Palace explained to Elle UK, “In deciding who to nominate, [The Lord Lieutenants] have been asked to give consideration to include people from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities, but otherwise have left it to them.”

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