A Christmas romance with a hint of Return to Me
A Perfect Paris Christmas by Mandy Baggot is an emotional romance about a kidney transplanted woman who finds love and friendship when she travels to Paris to meet her donor’s family.
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Title: A Perfect Paris Christmas by Mandy Baggot
Lenght: 378 pages
Publication Date: Aria (September 3, 2020)
United in grief. Pushed apart by tragedy.
Keeley Andrews knows more than anyone that you only live once. So when she receives an invitation to spend two weeks in Paris, all expenses paid, she jumps at the chance.
Ethan Bouchard has had the worst eighteen months of his life. He’s ready to give up on everything, including his hotel chain. So when he meets Keeley, it simply isn’t the right time.
As Keeley and Ethan continue to bump into each other on the romantic Parisian streets, they can’t help but wonder whether this is fate telling them to let go of the past and leap into the future…
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Keely was going through life the best way she could after losing her sister and her kidney to a terrible car accident.
A year after and she was still learning to cope with the restrictions of life post organ transplantation. She felt so blessed to have been spared, but, at the same time, she felt suffocated by her well-meaning mom and friends.
When she received an e-mail from her kidney’s donor mom inviting her to meet her in Paris, Keely was excited to leave England for a while but apprehensive of how things would play out.
The story is very emotional. Both families were dealing with excruciating grief. It was touching to see how Keely chose to see all her trials as blesses. I loved that she volunteered in a hospice and decided to make her second chance in life count.
The love story is sweet. There is a hint of Return to Me. If you don’t remember, or have not watched it, Return to Me is a Movie with David Duchovny and Minnie Driver in which she is the recipient of his deceased wife’s heart.
The plot is different, but the dilemmas are similar. One person had to die for the other to live. It is clearly not the recipient’s fault that the donor died, but it is challenging for those close to the donor to see things clearly.
There are some lovely side characters, including a care-free co-worker, a friend on palliative care, a resourceful orphan, and her beloved dog.
I loved that the story is set in Paris, and there is plenty of sight-seeing around the City of Light.
A Perfect Paris Christmas is an emotional and inspiring Christmas read with a happy and fulfilling end.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer.
The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016.
Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor.
Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.