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Encounters in Paris: A Collection of Short Stories

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Life is filled with random encounters and Ellery Roulet, a 35-year-old American PR executive living and working in Paris, has experienced enough of them to last five lifetimes. When betrayal (job loss), loss (death of a parent), mistakes (infidelity), regrets (divorce) and even acceptance, enter Ellery's life at different times, she learns that it is how she chooses to dea ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published November 5th 2010 by Createspace (first published October 25th 2010)
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Nanci Arvizu
Mar 23, 2011 Nanci Arvizu rated it really liked it
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Carolyn Moncel shares several wonderfully written short stories about a life in Paris. While I'm sure many of these stories mirror that of the author, I think she does a wonderful job of adding enough drama to make it interesting without taking it overboard.

Each story is about her main character, Ellery, and her life as an American in Paris. With two young daughters an unfaithful husband, the loss of her job and the death of her mother back in the states, Ellery deals with her fears and life the
Alice Yeh
Jul 28, 2012 Alice Yeh rated it really liked it
Encounters in Paris explores a few key moments in the life of Ellery Roulet. Set in Paris, the woman's life is turned topsy-turvy as a result of two letters. The rest of the stories cover the ripples caused by those initial two events, exploring Ellery's emotional state and focusing on the decisions that she makes.

Described as a book of short stories, Encounters is more like a series of vignettes. What makes these scenes works is the author's ability to evoke emotion and create an ambiance with
Mar 06, 2011 OOSA rated it it was amazing

“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” – Flora Whittemore

When you think of Paris, one of things that might cross your mind is romance, but the last thing Ellery Roulet is feeling is romantic. Ellery never imagined reading her mail would send her life in a downward spiral, but soon she realizes it was already headed that way.

“Encounters in Paris” is described as a collection of short stories, but I would describe it as chapters in Ellery Roulet’s life. Every short
African Americans on the Move Book Club
Ellery Roulet is an American that decided to live in Paris after she graduated college and met a man that helped her decision to stay. Not too thrilled about moving back to Chicago where she grew up, she settled in and got married and had a set of twin girls. Successful and ambitious is a way to describe the Chicago native, but things began to crash when she loses her job, finds out her husband is having an affair and to add more pain to her life her mom dies.
Encounters In Paris was a quick rea
Amy Siggelow
Mar 12, 2011 Amy Siggelow rated it really liked it
I have never read a collection of short stories incorporated into a book before, so this was a new experience for me. I found this book very interesting; I was able to really connect with the characters in a very short time and I loved the fact that it presented issues such as infidelity and betrayal and things that are present in today's society. I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Moncel's works and I will be recommending this story to friends.
Mar 01, 2011 Beverly rated it really liked it
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In Encounters in Paris, Ellery Roulet, a 35-year-old American public relations executive, is living what appears to most people a successful and envied life. In addition to living in her dream city, Ellery is married to a handsome Frenchman, has two adorable daughters, and is one of the founders of a successful public relations firm. But, life always provides a couple of curve balls, some expected and some unexpected. In this well-crafted gem, Ellery will soon discover that life and love have bo ...more
Jul 31, 2012 E rated it it was amazing
After reading the first short story in Encounters in Paris by Carolyn Moncel I felt drawn into Ellery Roulet's world. She is the protagonist in all the stories and the reader comes to know her quite well. She is an American who married a Frenchman, has twin 10 year old daughters and lives in what has been called the most romantic city in the world-Paris. For Ellery, life in Paris is about a great deal more than romance.

The introduction to Ellery and her family comes in the first story, Pandora's
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Jul 22, 2011 Authors & Readers Book Corner rated it really liked it
In Encounters in Paris by Carolyn Moncel, readers are treated with a wonderful collection of short stories about Ellery Roulet. Ellery is a Public Relations Executive living in Paris and married with two children. We never know how each day will turn out, which happens to be the case in Ellery’s life.

The different encounters Ellery experiences teach her valuable lessons. It is how Ellery deals with these lessons that will shape the woman she becomes. Ellery takes readers on a journey through li
Feb 21, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
I don`t know if it was just the ebook, but the editing was awful. Formerly instead of formally, and "my mouth" instead of "her mouth." The short stories were decent but explained too many trivial details and left out important chunks of time and story. I would have enjoyed it more had it been one complete tale instead of bits andpieces ...more
Nov 02, 2011 Jency rated it really liked it
I received this book through good reads giveaway. I enjoyed the book. I wish instead of a collection of short stories it was just one book.
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Carolyn Moncel is the author of two books: Encounters in Paris - A Collection of Short Stories and 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover - A Novella and Other Short Stories. After moving from Chicago, her hometown, in 2002, she spent five years living in Paris. She currently resides in Lausanne, Switzerland with her husba
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