Englishwoman in Paris by Jenny O’Brien #BookReview @ScribblerJB

About this book…

Love is…knowing when to say goodbye

22 year old Lady Sarah Cosgrave is a student at the Sorbonne and heiress to millions, but only if she’s engaged by the time she reaches 23. She’s in urgent need of a fake boyfriend to appease her parents – anyone will do as long as he has long vowels and a long pocket. Handsome French brickie.
Pascal de Sauvarin is neither, but as he’s the only man available he’ll have to do. Can their love overcome the demands polite society throws at it or will she be forced to marry rancid Rupert?

My review…

I sometimes need time out from some of the harrowing stories I choose to read (murders and missing children can give you a real fear of the world outside sometimes!)  and as an incurable romantic I often dip into some contemporary romance just to remind myself that love is still in the air!

This is the first book I have read by Jenny O’Brien although I follow her blog and have always been really taken by the soft and gentle way she writes. So I was really keen to see how this transferred to her fictional storytelling and I have to say I wasnt disappointed! Within the first couple of pages I was totally absorbed into the life of Lady Sarah Cosgrove who has been living in the beautiful city of Paris while studying music at the Sorbonne. She is about to return to the UK and get engaged to her much older “boyfriend” so that she doesn’t lose her inheritance. But on the building site next to her apartment is a very sexy builder and when they accidentally meet one day, romance is not far behind.

I loved both Sarah and Pascal here. Jenny O’Brien has written a beautifully crafted warm and witty, but not sickly sweet, romance between two really engaging characters. It even made me want to visit Paris again and experience the wonder of all the sights we recognise and love so well. To just sit in the City of Romance drinking cafe au lait, dipping in croissants and watching the world go by-who wouldn’t love that? There was a humour here as well that I wasn’t expecting and it helped to lift this adorable little romance to another level for me. I hope that Jenny O’Brien becomes much better known as she has the enviable ability to take her readers away from the real world so that they are completely immersed in her storytelling.

I loved this and felt such a “feelgood” emotion at the end that I had a smile on my face for the rest of the day. I also want to mention the unexpected appearance of a place I know very well indeed which was the cherry on the top of this delightful romance.

Many thanks to the author for my review copy of Englishwoman in Paris which I have chosen to read and review.

Englishwoman in Paris is available to purchase now at Amazon UK.

Meet the author…

Jenny O'Brien
Bestselling author Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland a very long time ago. She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a 2016 RoNA judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so.
She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her scribblings!
She lives in Guernsey and, in her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

6 thoughts on “Englishwoman in Paris by Jenny O’Brien #BookReview @ScribblerJB”

  1. This sounds like the fairy tale type films that I like to watch , and it sounds like the book would make a good film. I feel the same as you, I love all the gripping psychological thrillers and crime books. But between a few of them, you need a light hearted romantic comedy.

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