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May 8, 2017

Interesting collection: Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

by Susan Roberts
October 2016; Pamela Dorman Books
9780735221079; ebook, print (288 pages)
women's fiction

I don't read many short stories as I prefer the character development in a novel but when I saw this book of short stories by one of my favorite authors, I decided to give it a try and I wasn't disappointed.

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This was an interesting book of short stories by a fantastic author. The first story, "Paris for One", is the length of a novella and the additional 8 are short stories. As with any short story collection, there were some that I really liked and others not so much. Instead of being all about 'happily ever after', these stories were a more realistic portrayal of life -- some had happy endings and some didn't but they were all about women and how they handled their lives and their marriages.

My favorite was "Paris for One". Nell, a shy English girl, plans her first trip to Paris with her boyfriend - who doesn't show up. Nell can either take the first train back home, stay in her hotel or go out and experience Paris. She decides to go out and enjoy Paris and when her boyfriend finally shows up, she has to decide whether she wants to go back to her normal life or learn to live life more fully using her experiences in Paris as the beginning of her changed life. Her choices completely change her life and she is a different person at the end of the story.

Read these short stories if you'd like a glimpse of the author's wonderful writing and then order one of her novels to find the wonderful characters she creates.

List of short stories in Paris for One:
Paris for One
Between the Tweets
Love in the Afternoon
A Bird in the Hand
Crocodile Shoes
Last Year's Coat
Thirteen Days with John C.
The Christmas List

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their grandson.  Susan reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook

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  1. I haven't read any of Moyes' work yet, but I did enjoy the movie 'Me Before You'. I think I'll give this book a try - adding it to my reading list!

  2. I also haven't read her (it's harder to fit the TBRs in while also writing!) but I like this idea. As I wrap up the second decade of my own marriage, I like the idea of "real" relationships.

    Adding to my ever-expanding TBRs!