To celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Grace has planned the surprise of a lifetime for her husband—a romantic getaway to Paris. But she never expected he’d have a surprise of his own: he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock but refusing to be broken, a devastated Grace makes the bold decision to go to Paris alone.
Audrey, a young woman from London, has left behind a heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no money and no knowledge of the French language, suddenly a summer spent wandering the cobbled streets alone seems much more likely…until she meets Grace, and everything changes.
Grace can’t believe how daring Audrey is. Audrey can’t believe how cautious newly single Grace is. Living in neighboring apartments above the bookshop, this unlikely pair offer each other just what they’ve both been missing. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding this unbreakable friendship might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them…
This book has everything I was looking for in a story. The Paris setting caught my attention first. Then, I was intrigued by Grace and Audrey’s stories and how they would mesh. I was not disappointed.
Both, Grace and Audrey’s stories were heartbreaking. Grace planned to surprise her husband, of twenty five years, with a trip to Paris. But, the surprised was on when Grace when David informed her that he was having an affair and wanted a divorce. Grace ends up taking the trip on her own. Audrey was running from her life in London. She wanted to spend the summer in Paris away from her alcoholic mother. But, she had a hard time finding a job because she didn’t speak French. It was fate that Audrey just happened to be on the street when Grace was mugged. Audrey, being the tough girl she was, stopped the man and got the purse back for Grace. They became friends after that and helped each other out in ways only good friends could.
This is a story of friendship, starting over, love and family secrets. It was an extremely enjoyable story. I was a little sad when the book was over. I could have read hours more of these characters.
Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.