Name:Paris for One
Author: Jojo Moyes
Number of Pages: 95 (Paperback)
Published: 5th February 2015 by Penguin UK
Genre: Womens Fiction
Bestselling author Jojo Moyes brings us a charming and heart-warming short story in association with Quick Reads.
Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She has never even been on a weekend away with her boyfriend. Everyone knows she is just not the adventurous type.
But, when her boyfriend doesn’t turn up for their romantic mini-break, Nell has the chance to prove everyone wrong.
Alone in Paris, Nell meets the mysterious moped-riding Fabien and his group of carefree friends. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? – from Goodreads
I think the idea of the Quick Reads series is brilliant. Recently I feel as though I’ve read many really long books and while I love a sprawling epic with infinite detail and world-building, these short stories are a total break away from that; almost like a breath of fresh air. I like the idea that you could read a whole book in one sitting (preferably a warm summer afternoon somewhere outdoors), and think this is something that may encourage even a reluctant reader as it’s not a massive time commitment. That said, this story was wonderfully engaging, and I enjoyed it equally as much as a full length novel.
In Paris for One our heroine Nell ends up as a solo traveller abroad when her boyfriend lets her down and does not arrive for their vacation together.
At first nervous and a little uncertain (who wouldn’t be, left alone unexpectedly), Nell makes the very best of her short time in a wonderful city.
I loved Nell. At first she appears over-cautious, but suddenly there she is with this amazing opportunity to go out into a beautiful city and have an unexpected adventure, mostly unplanned and totally on her own. I marvelled at the way she adapted to the unexpected and dealt with situations.
I liked the amount of detail packed into this short story and the cast of characters including Nell’s friends back home, the receptionist at Nell’s hotel, and the American lady with whom Nell temporarily ends up sharing a room.
A carefree adventure with a handsome stranger around a beautiful city, Paris for One is a perfect tale of escapism to brighten up a quiet afternoon, so if you’re looking for something short and sweet to read during lovely summer days, this would be a great place to start.