You know how there is a little part in every girl who screams “let me just be dramatic first”?
If that little part was the only part that mattered, then this book is just the ideal read for you. I heart Paris by Lindsey Kelk. It is the 2nd part of the I heart series. The grounded yet ambitious Angela Clark took the protagonist role yet again, this time strolling around the City Of Love.
Aah….it was a joy ride reading the book. It is about Angela, the writer who gets a fantastic offer to go to Paris and write an article for a leading magazine. She accompanies her boyfriend who has to be there at the same time to perform for a music festival. Life seems perfect until Cici, the publisher’s jealous nephew makes her trip to Paris a week to remember. Definitely not in a way one would like to cherish! Angela was assisted by Virginie who was under the spell of Cici. And that’s not all, she spots Alex with his ex, a French singer, doing “professional meeting” at a cafe. Well, that’s a handful…..PHEW!
Now you might think that it is just another damsel-in-distress-finally-gets-her-shit-together kinda stuff. Absolutely not! What I loved about it is how the author has beautifully arranged the plain plot with unpredictable twists.
It shows a sharp picture of NYC lifestyle, the joie de vivre of Paris and the propah prudent mindset of London. The frequent use of words from the world of fashion and everything fashionable holds the essence of the setting. Kelk was successful in transporting her readers to Paris through her honest and relatable words. The book is of twenty-two chapters. The plot is interestingly divided in those chapters where it keeps the reader hooked to know what comes next.
There were less moments of bore, times when I would actually skip a couple of pages to go to the next chapter. Angela is subtle in establishing British and American English are two different types. Often she shows off how she is a bilingual in English! There is a conversation between Angela and her best friend where she said couch instead of settee or a sofa.
I believe the success of the authors lie in the fact where they can make the readers feel that they are one of the characters. Kelk could do exactly that and I definitely believe I could relate to Angela and her thoughts in a titanic-huge way!
I found the book at a sale and I thought “oh well what the heck it’s for just a pound, let me buy it”. It turned out to be one of my precious reads.