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Chasing Paris

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  276 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Amy Winthrow is shocked when her grandmother dies—not because Elizabeth Hathaway’s death is unexpected but because her existence had always been hidden. Ever-inquisitive and prone to letting her imagination get the best of her, Amy embarks upon a journey with an unlikely friend to unravel the mysteries of the elusive Lizzie Hathaway. As she follows the trail of broken drea ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Mar 02, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
This was a really pleasant surprise. I'll admit that I'm a little biased; I read kindle freebies with lowered expectations than I would have for other books. Despite my reservations, this was great! There were typos, but the plot and characters made up for it. I also liked how it was a bit of chick-lit, mystery (finding out about Lizzie's life), and romance. Also, for such a light book, it had a deeply thoughtful message.
Mandy Caruso-Yahne
Feb 15, 2014 Mandy Caruso-Yahne rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-for-fun, ya
A kindle freebie, this was a surprise. Pretty easy read, something fun to entertain on a snow day. Amy is a young woman struggling with her job and in a rut when she meets, Will, a college student on summer break who returns one of her college text books to her and starts her on an investigation into her family's past. In the process she learns a lot about herself, but it's not done in a cliche plot. While I would have liked to learn a little more about some of the characters, I enjoyed the plot ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
A quick and fun read to fill up some down time.
Amie McCracken
Aug 30, 2012 Amie McCracken rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Chasing Paris by Jen Carter is one of those books that I will be highly recommending this year. It's about a girl. Her biological grandmother dies, but all of her life she knew another woman as her grandmother. More and more secrets come out as she searches for the truth.

It's about sisters. It's about love. It's about finding identity. It's about understanding. This book is about so many things. And right from the beginning the reader is thrown into the story. The pace was simply perfect. And th
Aug 25, 2012 Literary rated it it was amazing
When Amy receives a letter in the mail from a grandmother she never knew, her life as she knows it is turned upside down. Her family asks her to forget it, get her inheritance and let it go, but Amy can't seem to get the mystery of this never-spoken-of grandmother out of her mind.

Meanwhile, Amy misplaces a treasured book that is found by a complete stranger. This stranger, Will, begins a search to return the book to the poetic girl that lost it. In doing so, he soon becomes a major player in the
Jun 02, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it
When 23 year old Amy & her sister receive a letter informing them of an inheritance left to them by their recently deceased maternal grandmother, they are shocked because this woman is not who they thought was their grandmother. Instead, she is the sister of the woman who they have always known as their grandmother. Amy decides to investigate her family history but it is proven difficult because neither her mother nor her supposed grandmother will tell her anything.

At the same time, Will is
Melody McBride
Jan 27, 2014 Melody McBride rated it really liked it
Really good. I've read a lot of free Kindle books lately, and while they're good (mostly), a lot are pretty cliche. I liked this story because it was a free book, yeah, but it was pretty unexpected!

The only things I wish we're different are these:
-there are several typos. It wasn't bad enough to distract or detract from the story, but it WAS noticeable.
-we didn't spend enough time hearing Will's point of view once he and Amy met. I felt like we didn't get to know him as well as I would've liked.
Jan 13, 2015 Standa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
interesting tale

His was an entertaining book. I found myself getting involved with the characters emotionally and wondering where it was going next.
Joe Hofmann
Nov 09, 2012 Joe Hofmann rated it it was amazing
I subscribe to BookBub, which alerts me to cheap and free books on Kindle. Of course, I will go for free first. The results have been mixed, but this book was a very good freebee. It is the story of a young man who learns what it means to care about someone and something other than himself. It is the story of a young woman who learns to act on her dreams rather than taking the comfortable, easy path. It is the story of the unconditional love of a sister, expressed in unfathomable ways despite th ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Dee rated it it was amazing
I got this on amazon for free and wasn't sure about it at first. But after pursuing it, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a lazy day quick read. I loved how it was a story within a story and became a mystery to unsolve. The love story was perfect. Lovely, yet not overpowering; simple. I think that was my favorite component of this book. It wasn't completely revolved around the love story between Will and Amy but they began to fall in love as they worked together towards something ...more
Sep 29, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Chasing Paris was a highly enjoyable book. The story was clearly written, the plot linear, despite going back and forth through past and present events. The main character, Amy, inherits some books, in addition to other gifts, from a relative she never knew existed. She is in limbo in her own life, and with a kindred spirit, proceeds to go to some lengths, as well as distance, to find out more about this family member, and how not to follow in her footsteps. I liked the characters, and would lik ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Ann rated it liked it
Great story. Fun read. A little romance, a little mystery and for the most part some pretty interesting characters. I enjoyed reading this. A number of passages include some great insights into human nature. My one complaint is the number of typos and misspellings ("break" when it should be "brake," for instance). The number of typos gave it the three rating for me. Other than that, it's a great read.
Apr 19, 2014 Kelly-Louise rated it really liked it
Free on the kindle. Surprisingly good! Amy recently graduated from UCLA with a degree in English. She discovers that her family has been keeping secrets involving a recently deceased grandmother she didn't even know she had. She decides that she needs to solve the mysteries in her family history. A fun read with a nice touch of romance. Also, it's clean. I really enjoyed this one!
Dec 03, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
I find the central question of this book interesting: On the whole, is it better live with the consequences of your choices for the sake of others even though it makes you miserable, or are you better pursuing a life that makes you happy even if it's selfish and causes pain to others. In that sense, this book reminded me of Ann Patchett's "The Patron Saint of Liars."
Mar 12, 2013 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok maybe only 4.5 stars, but this book was wonderful! So 5 it is. I completely lost myself in Will and his desire to find the owner of the book and Amy and all her family issues, and lastly how the came together to solve the family mystery!

Wonderful, indulgent, quick read :) I didn't want to put it down!
Nov 18, 2012 Tina rated it it was ok
This book would have been rated higher had there not been so many typos. Canvass when it clearly was canvas, not once, not twice but THREE times. Plot was interesting but some of the characters lacked depth or reality.

If you self-publish like this book, then proofread.
Apr 29, 2013 Cassi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last few chapters summed up the whole book and what happened to the unknown grandmother. It was good to see the mom finally come to grips with the whole situation and be open to speak with her daughters about it.

I'd like to see a sequel with Amy and Will's relationship.
Oct 15, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
Fun light read. The story kept me interested as it unfolded and it was pretty easy to follow. The main character is trying to figure out a hidden family mystery at the same time as finding unexpected romance. Romance with no smut, which is what I like!
Trina King
Nov 07, 2012 Trina King rated it really liked it
Downloading free reads from Amazon is always a bit risky, but books like this one are the treasures that keep me going. Only reason for four stars instead of five is the lack of depth on some of the characters. I very much enjoyed the read!
Jan 08, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it
This book was surprisingly intriguing. It was well written and kept my interest throughout. I was impressed that this was the authors first book. It is the work of a creative and interesting thinker. I look forward to more of her writing!
Angel **Book Junkie**
While the book was interesting it fell short for me in a bunch of places. I think it is because I did not like Amy enough to fall in love with the story. I did like the concept and thought the book was well written though.
Oct 06, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
A novel about the ties of family and choosing the path that would make a person happy and not just settle for something because you think it's the "right" choice. A very enlightening read- I really enjoyed it.
Keanna Lewis
Oct 02, 2012 Keanna Lewis marked it as to-read
This is the perfect book that combines Paris, unexpected friends with self-discovery. This is perfect for a reader who wants to get away for a little while and just have fun while doing it.
Jan 30, 2013 Rhonda rated it liked it
This was a free book from Amazon and I was looking for something light. I was pleasantly surprised. My only criticism is that there were quite a few typos - mainly missing words here or there.
Sep 02, 2013 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
I loved this story - a little bit of mystery and a love story. The author made the people come alive in it - just wanted to read it and not stop. It was one of those take you away books.
Dec 08, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it
The story was very compelling and I liked how it included the story of three generations without being too drawn-out. It had some unexpected twists and turns and was well-written.
Nov 10, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Got this free from kindle and actually really loved it. It had mystery and romance and was well-written. I really enjoyed it (even though they kept spelling Montmartre wrong).
Feb 21, 2013 Tara rated it really liked it
Incredibly fun read! Such a sweet tail of family and love, heartache and forgiveness. I adored watching Amy grow with self discovery through her families secret. Great read!!
Dec 12, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Another free book from Amazon and another pleasant surprise. Actually two stories -one within the other - this was a great way to spend a couple of chilly nights.
Nov 10, 2012 Cherlene rated it liked it
This was a good "free" download from amazon. It was a fast read, with Interesting twists. Just wish it had a bit more depth. Still a good read overall.
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Jen Carter grew up in San Jose, California, where she took on an early interest in reading the fantastic tales of centuries past. That excitement for literature grew alongside a joy found in writing; she always felt as though she had something to say.

After high school, Jen left northern California to attend UCLA where she majored in English. There, her fascination of premodern literature grew, ult
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