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?
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.