Seeing Paris in a book title is an automatic trigger for me to wish to own it. I won the lottery to have received and read two February releases from the Sourcebooks family. Both of these books have Paris front and center as well as the backdrop of the stories.
THE LOVELIEST CHOCOLATE SHOP IN PARIS by Jenny Colgan (Sourcebooks Landmark)
Anna Trent is a young woman working in a chocolate factory in England that suffers a bizarre work accident. She was not able to return to the only job she knows so now what? A former teacher was kind enough to make an introduction for her to work in Le Chapeau Chocolat in Paris even thought Anna is not too keen on this and is not exactly welcomed upon her arrival.
The master chocolatier Thierry Girard takes her under his wing as she was sent to him by someone once very special to him. Little does Anna know there are short fuses and unresolved issues that surround this genius and his chocolate ways. But Anna must step up like never before to save this chocolate empire.
I have to warn you the reader that almost every time I picked up this book I was craving chocolate, it seemed to be seeping out of the pages. The good news is Colgan is willing to share and there are recipes included.
PARIS LETTERS by Janice MacLeod (Sourcebooks)
Ever thought about giving up your 9 to 5 and just running away, well that is what this author did. PARIS LETTERS is her account of the lead up and journey that takes her to Paris. This reads like a series of blog entries that is woven into a novel.
MacLeod had success in her chosen field of advertising and yet something was missing. At 34 she decides to head back to Europe to find herself. Life was good but the money was running low. She had to figure out a way to sustain a living in order to remain in Paris as this is what her heart told her to do.
MacLeod decided to start a letter writing business as she was trying to find a way to blend words and art. But these letters were something special as her beautiful drawings were interwoven in the letters. We are treated to her beautiful drawings on the outside and inside covers and several sample letters within. A young lady with a dream took a chance on life and love in Paris. I look forward to the next chapter of MacLeod’s Paris life as long as it comes with more beautifully drawn images.