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Three Weeks in Paris

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  1,187 ratings  ·  98 reviews
The most romantic city in the world sets the stage for Barbara Taylor Bradford’s dazzling new novel, a spellbinding story of four remarkable women--each at a turning point in her life, each about to be changed forever by.…

Three Weeks in Paris

In Paris, four young women once shared the time of their lives. Now, seven years after they left the prestigious Anya Sedgwick School
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 26th 2002 by Dell (first published January 1st 2002)
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I decided to give some 'chick-lit' another try (with the hopes for a romantic story set in Paris) and found myself strengthening, not only my resolve never to read such trite nonsense, but also, my eyes, as I rolled them continuously with the reading.
Emilia Marzouk
The book three weeks in Paris is about four young women who once went to the same school in Paris. It was a prestigious art school owned by a beloved woman called Anya Sedgwick. These four girls with he names Jessica, Alexandra, Kay and Maria were Anya's favorite students of all years. The four bestfriends were were amzingly talented, each one in her own personal way.
Unfortuanately the quartet had a bad quarrel a while before their graduation from Anya Sedgwicks School of Decorative Arts, Design
I gave it three stars as it was very good as an audio book. The narrator is amazing! The story itself - meh. Half the time I was scoffing at the spoiled characters who were just soooo miserable with their perfect lives and the fact that they never had to want for anything once (well, outside of one of the characters who was the only one you really felt had feet on the ground at one time). On the other hand I was enjoying the 'escape from reality' that the story offered. It was a kind of 'how the ...more
Gosh, what a disappointment. I wanted to finish reading the book because I seem to remember liking one or two books by her before.

But here: everyone was incredibly beautiful, successful, talented, and well-to-do. Absolutely madly in love, or super tragically disappointed in love. Everything was exquisite and fabulous. What a load of gushing! Not an ounce of reality anywhere. I like to read to go to a different place, but this is not the place I want to be! Thank goodness this is now done!
I picked this up as an audio book, and wasn't very impressed from the beginning, but I was in the car and ended up being curious enough for the outcome to hear it out. The four main characters had attended the same fashion design school in Paris and their close friendship was broken up by a quarrel. They return 7 years later to attend the 85th birthday celebration of the headmistress of the school, and each with a separate agenda. I didn't find the characters very realistic, and thought way to m ...more
Suzi Andrade
This book was ok. It was pretty predictable and everything is wrapped up in a little bow at the end. I had expected more from the book - I don't usually read romance authors, but this one sounded more like a mystery about what caused four friends to fall apart. The reason, once you finally get to it, is less than interesting. I gave it three stars instead of two because I had the audiobook and the narrator did a great job of it, except for the few parts when it sounded like she'd been reading a ...more
I read this little novel because one writer on youtube workshop recommended her books as a romantic novel that are better and different than others. But from the beginning this book was not that impressive, but continued it anyway as wanting to know what would happen at the end. Just like Hollywood movies, everything ends well and happy (too good to be true). There are some unexpected surprises, but overall all so predictable and plus unconvincing.

But her vocabulary was good though, as she used
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May 31, 2012 ℘~®~i~ ツ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ℘~®~i~ ツ by: A friend of mine introduced me to Barbara T. Bradford through her book, "Emma's Secret"
Just amazing..!! I love the way Barbara Taylor Bradford writes... Her books are sooo real! Three Weeks in Paris talks about how four girls are reunited after parting away from each seven years before. The author has intricately woven a story based mainly on the feeling of young women and how they cope with the struggles which life puts forth before them. An awesome read for those you are into romance, suspense, and stories with an emotional touch.
Theresa Powers
This is a story about the lives of five women. It begins with Anya, who owns a school of design. The setting is in Paris. Descriptions are found throughout the book. This beautiful city becomes alive as stories unfold around the characters, who are all artists. This is many love stories in one. At the end of the book, everything comes to a head and closure takes place. I enjoy the mysteries, which are not solved until the very end of the book. This kept me reading. If the book were just filled w ...more
The narrator did a good job taking on different voices and accents. The story was only mildly interesting. The plot moved too slowly, it was too obvious, and (usually) too cheesy.

However, I decided I really enjoy listening to audiobooks in the car!
I have always enjoyed Barbara Taylor Bradford from the very first book I read by her many years ago. This was enjoyable as well, and I liked being able to relate to the areas in Paris that I have visited.
Sandy Neal
If I had ever been to Paris, I probably wouldl love this book! The story was light reading. This author made all of her main character beautiful and wealthy. They fell in love with handsome successful men.

The writing is fine but there were so many references to what people wore and looked like and descriptions of Paris and places there that I got bored.

Three weeks in Paris is the story of four girls who attended Ana Sedwicvk's School of Decorative Arts in Paris and were best friends. But, as the story unfolds, each of the girls receive an invitation to attend Ana's eighty-fifth birthday celebration and bemoan the fact that a quarrel had disrupted their friendship and left each unsure about attending. Kay is amrried to a Laird from Scotland and designer of fashion clothing, Alex, a set designer, is involved in a relationship, but still pines fo ...more
I enjoyed this book. Initially took me a bit to get into ( blamed in part to my being in a Scottish Highlander mode) and I got a little muddled in Bradford's descriptive nature, but in the end, saw that it fit in with the characters and core nature of the story. One needs to see the city and country side, envision the colors and textures... Not pivotal to the plot but a nice accoutrement if you enjoy those types of details. There were moments of sadness and those still follow me after my reading ...more
Anna Fishel
I picked this up wanting to just enjoy a story and the book fell way short of this fairly simple quest. As each character was introduced it was apparent how their story, including the ending,would play out. No interest was added by the fact that they were perfect characters with more than perfect lives.
This book tells the story of 4 women who met in art school, became great friends, and because of a misunderstanding, haven't spoken in 7 years. It can happen to all of us, which is why I enjoyed this book. The talk about art was drawn out and boring but otherwise it was decent.
Ok, before you judge me on my rating of this book, note the shelf, "audio book for drive to work"! The audio version was amazing, the narrator had unique voices for each character and read it flawlessly. The book itself is what you might expect; predictable plot, ridiculously wealthy characters and cheesy love scenes. But I don't need " War & Peace" to tax my brain driving to work, just something mindless and read with enough enthusiasm that won't put me to sleep at a red light!
Three Weeks in Paris is Bradford's 18th book in an apparently long series of mild romance novels. This one takes place in Paris, where four women students of a prestigious art school, seven years out of school and hugely successful, are called back to Paris to celebrate the 85th birthday of their former teacher. While there, they have to overcome earlier differences that led to the falling out of the once close friends. Predictably, they not only all find new romance, but quickly patch up their ...more
The Gluttonous Bookworm
I enjoyed this book a great deal. Initially took me a bit to get into ( blamed in part to my being in a Scottish Highlander mode) and I got a little muddled in Bradford's descriptive nature, but in the end, saw that it fit in with the characters and core nature of the story. One needs to see the city and country side, envision the colors and textures... Not pivotal to the plot but a nice accoutrement if you enjoy those types of details. There were moments of sadness and those still follow me aft ...more
Tamme Hacking
lovely lovely lovely

That is really all there is to say. a delight to read.if u love fashion
and art and lovely people
Chick lit escape for a couple days, but really not my cup of tea. Very obvious and predictable and just a little too perfect.
It's so predictable. I can't believe I read it. Waste of money and time .
Lo spunto poteva anche sembrare interessante, ma lo svolgimento non mi ha soddisfatto per niente. Vicende e personaggi sono poco approfonditi, i protagonisti sembrano abbiano personalità tagliate con l'accetta, senza una sfumatura, che li rende inevitabilmente poco verosimili. Questa autrice d'altronde naviga tra alti e bassi, non è costante nella qualità dei suoi romanzi, e questo decisamente è uno di quelli meno riusciti. Se volete leggere qualcosa di suo ben più coinvolgente e appassionante, ...more
It was a boring book. I barely got myself to finishing it, don't recommend it.
It was a light novel. Not great, but I did like it. It was a little bit predictable and I the characters were a little bit too perfect, I think.

The book is fine if you love a little bit cliche novels.

Een boek wat een aantal verhalen van verschillende personen volgt. Ik vond het een heel erg leuk boek wat erg makkelijk leest. Soms als je meerdere verhalen volgt, valt dit soms tegen, maar bij dit boek weet de schrijfster je er goed bij te houden. Ik vond zelfs dat het soms leek alsof ik er gewoon bij was, zo worden de verhalen verteld. Het is een boek met eind goed al goed, zoals ik zelf al wel verwachtte. Wel worden er in het boek een hoop keuzes gemaakt, die het boek tot het einde blijven bo ...more
Emily Higgins
Four young women receive invitations to celebrate the 85th birthday of Anya Sedgwick, the headmistress of the School of Arts that they had attended in Paris 8 years ago. We follow each of their lives since they completed school.. Each has doubts about her love life, although each has achieved great success in her professional life. Also, the 4 of them had a terrible argument just before they graduated. They have not kept in touch because of the argument. This book gives detailed descriptions of ...more
Tre veckor i Paris
Bradford has the good grace to practically begin the book with an explicit sex scene, so that I could move on without spending time reading a quarter of the book before coming upon the objectionable (to me) material and deciding not to continue. I'm not the book police; I'm just adding my two cents for the benefit of others who want to avoid graphic sex scenes. Too bad; I usually enjoy books set in Paris (one of my favorite places) and I have heard that Bradford is otherwise a good storyteller.
Angela Corbin
I 'read' the audiobook was a fun diversion while driving to summer grad school.

The story was set in Paris, of I'm a bit of a sucker for all things Parisian, even if the literature was a bit shallow...and predictable.

This will not be included in my 'highly rated' books. It's not one I'm even proud to add to my 'Already Read' list. Though I will sheepishly admit that I kind of enjoyed this cheesy story. :)

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Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 30 bestselling novels, including The Cavendon Women, Cavendon Hall, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman ...more
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