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The first time I caused terrible harm to the people I love it was an accident. The second is the reason I'm here.

When Alexandra discovers that her husband Philippe is having an affair, she can’t believe he’d risk losing the love that has transformed both their lives.

Still in shock, Alexandra finds herself powerfully attracted to a much younger man. Jean-Luc Malavoine is tw
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ebook, 288 pages
Published June 13th 2016 by Canelo
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Louisa Treger
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Paris mon Amour has the most compelling opening I have read in a long time:
‘The first time I caused terrible harm to the people I love it was an accident. The second is the reason I'm here.’
What follows doesn’t disappoint! Alexandra is a married woman drawn into a passionate affair with a much younger man –who is also the son of her husband’s best friend – thus putting everything she holds dear at risk. This is a sophisticated and honest exploration of love in all its complexities. It works on e
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Tracy Shephard
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love all things French and the backdrop of this novel, the beautiful Paris is perfectly fitting.

Alexandra, who at the age of 40, has an insecurity with her mother, an artist. So when she 'suggests' that Alexandra's husband is seeing someone else, Alexandra doesn't really know what to do.

Life's lessons mould people and Alexandra's life is not untouched by tragedy and sadness. However, I think this story is more about about the two men in her life, her husband Phillippe and the gorgeous, but inc
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Louise
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A sensitive, intelligent story of a doomed love affair. I raced through this page-turning novel. Loved the Paris setting, the depictions of the worlds of art and publishing. Alexandra is an engaging narrator/protagonist. All the characters are flawed and nobody is singled out for blame - there are no cads or femme fatales, which is refreshing. This is a wisely written story about that most difficult of things - being human. Highly recommended.
Anne
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is beautifully presented, the cover is delicate and very inviting, and the blurb is intriguing. I was especially taken by the first line: "The first time I caused terrible harm to the people I love it was an accident. The second is the reason I'm here." This is a bewitching opener and the beginning of a story that is beautifully written, with care and feeling.

Alexandra is an English woman, living in Paris with her husband Philippe. They have a busy, fairly glamorous life and when Alex
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Laurel
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I was given an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and independent review.
Alexandra has a strained relationship with her mother and when her mother visits she suggests that Alexandra's husband is having an affair. So she ends up having an affair herself with a friend's son 17 years younger than her and falls in love.
A tale of secrets and betrayals, relationships and lots of passion narrated well in quite an old fashioned style.
Somehow this book for me missed the mark. I felt it was
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Hemmie Martin
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this wonderful and emotionally absorbing book in two days - I was lucky enough to win a signed copy from the author. The characters are well rounded and lingered with me after I'd finished the book - and I actually felt it was I who had cheated on my husband, until I realised it was Alexandra who had the amant (lover), not me!

It's a bitter-sweet novel, that had me thinking about the character's actions, and feeling for them all over the course of the story. I don't want to say anything ab
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Jill's Book Cafe
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
More 3.5 than 3

I was initially drawn to this by the cover and when I then read the blurb, it sounded an intriguing read that raised a lot of questions. What was the accident in Alexandra’s past? What caused Philippe to have an affair and more specifically what was it about Jean-Luc that induced such powerful attraction. Well now I know the answers, and with regards to Alexandra’s affair, I didn’t feel the lure of the all encompassing passion that I expected. I felt that rather than Alexandra and
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Lisa Bentley
It was my love of Paris that made me request Paris Mon Amour. As a self-confessed Francophile, I love France – Paris, in particular – and therefore make the rather foolish assumption that I will love anything to do with France. That isn’t always the case.

I didn’t love Paris Mon Amour. I found that the story was too slow paced for me. However, I did appreciate it for what it is – a story about the dysfunctional lives of people; about how people act and behave on impulse often to detrimental conse
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Marina Sofia
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
After reading so many psychological thrillers which deal with adultery, it was refreshing to read a book which does not make a dark mystery about it. And yet it is far removed from the humour and lightness of chick lit. It's a grown-up look at adultery, at how we become embroiled in things we think we can control, and then they end up controlling us. I thought the author did an excellent job of describing how torn and guilty people can feel, yet still continue to do something bad.
Amanda
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, evocative writing and a compelling story that kept me reading late into the night. Highly recommended.
Cindy VW
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporains
beaucoup aimé ce récit, amené tout en justesse et en sensibilité. Un très bon moment de lecture !
Lorna
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
PARIS MON AMOUR by Isabel Costello
‘The rare woman who indulged her desires, regardless of cost or consequence....’ The city of Paris. Haute cuisine. Wealthy art collectors. This stylish novel has plenty to recommend it, even before you reach the erotic parts! Alexandra is the forty year old British-American second wife of Philippe, a French art dealer. When she discovers that her older husband is having an affair, Alexandra explores her adopted nation’s attitudes to adultery and becomes receptiv
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Kate Avery
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites-16-17
Rating 4.5/5

A French maxim I adopted without question was that a woman needs to preserve a sense of mystery. But it’s a short hop from mystery to secrets and an even shorter one from there to betrayal.


When we meet Alexandra she is at the end of her story and begins to recount to us how she came to be at this point. What starts with the discovery of her husband Philippe having an affair, turns into a story of love and redemption, as she herself embarks on an extramarital relationship, whilst de
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Len
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
A secretive, illicit and passion-fueled love story, set in Paris? Count me in!
This author is surprising in how she flirts with almost-raunchy love scenes, while writing some beautifully evocative thoughts a moment later. You're struck by the beauty of a certain line, and then all of the sudden she drops an F-bomb which is, delightfully, unexpected.
I liked this story, as tortured as it - and its characters are.
If I had one complaint - the reason, perhaps, I didn't push to 4 stars - it is that it
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Helen
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is not a love story. Alexandra, a 40-year-old British-American woman, lives in Paris with her French husband. She embarks upon a clearly doomed affair with a much younger man, who just happens to be the son of her husband’s closest friends. What makes the book special is the clarity and intensity the author brings to the exploration of the subject, picking apart the motives and feelings of Alexandra with a scalpel. Alexandra isn’t likeable – that’s not the point – she is flawed and human, m ...more
Claire Dyer
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As other reviews have said this is not a light-hearted romance but a proper, grown up, intelligent book about many different sorts of relationships. However, what struck me most was the self-knowledge that Alexandra attained and the sometimes brutal honesty with which she faced up to her desires, her actions and the outcomes of those actions. And Paris too isn't spared. It's shown for what it can be: an ambitious, jealous, beautiful and intriguing place. A great read and one I'd highly recommend ...more
Sharp
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exquisite writing, a gossamer web of words to pull you in. I loved the unflinching exploration of Alexandra's relationships with her mother, husband, lover, step-daughter, friends and therapist. The fascinating world of fine art is the perfect foil for all the steamy sex (and oh! it's steamy). A refreshing, non-judgemental, acutely observed story of uncontrollable passion, cleverly wrapped in romp of a story, that saunters along with true Parisian style.
Anne Goodwin
The language is lovely, the Parisian setting beautifully realised, the plot expertly handled, the predicament psychologically astute and the characters all have emotional depth. With sensual and unflinching descriptions of sex, it’s a risk-free alternative to an affair if you’re that way inclined.
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Sara
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Paris Mon Amour is a love story. It's a story about being human and the things that befall us human beings both bad and good. How we respond to those things is what drives this story.

Alexandra is headed to a therapist she has never met at the beginning of the book. As the book unfolds, Ms Costello periodically reminds us that Alexandra is relating her experience to the therapist. She tells it with an urgency and desperation that pulls us into her life immediately. She is an exPat married to a fr
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Saarah Niña
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Devastatingly Raw

This book had me watching The Jeremy Kyle Show, it had me thinking about the wrong choices I and others have made, and how such issues are resolved.  I've never minded reading about characters who cheat on their loved ones which is funny since, I can't tolerate cheating partners in real life. Committing adultery, for me, has always been a vile, cruel and, selfish act. And this book demonstrates that: when Alexandra begins cheating, that's how she feels. She chastises herself con
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Loarn
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
‘The rare woman who indulged her desires, regardless of cost or consequence....’ The city of Paris. Haute cuisine. Wealthy art collectors. This stylish novel has plenty to recommend it, even before you reach the erotic parts! Alexandra is the forty year old British-American second wife of Philippe, a French art dealer. When she discovers that her older husband is having an affair, Alexandra explores her adopted nation’s attitudes to adultery and becomes receptive to the advances of Jean-Luc Mala ...more
Sally Akins
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I was sent a review copy of ‘Paris Mon Amour‘ by Isabel Costello, but the opinions in this post are my own and unbiased.

Alexandra is a forty-something woman, living in Paris with her husband Philippe. When she discovers that he is having an affair, her world starts to fall apart. Reeling from the shock, she finds herself powerfully attracted to her husband’s best friend’s son – 23 year old Jean-Luc. They begin an affair, and although Alexandra tells herself that it is just a one-off,
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Joanne Robertson
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you come across a book that you start to read and realise that it's nothing like you had expected it to be. This book was a breath of fresh air really as it went beyond the usual women's fiction path and took us more on an emotional, very grown-up journey of an adulterous affair and the rippling effect it has on all those involved.

The setting of Paris for this novel seemed to lend itself to the authors style of writing as it all felt very...well, French! I know it sounds strange but ev
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Kate Wilson
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I must admit that after reading some of the titles on the Baileys Prize shortlist, I was feeling pretty depressed. Seriously, these are some grim stories. Being that I am off to Paris for a weekend in a couple of weeks the setting of this novel appealed to me to get me in the mood.

Alexandra is a 40 year old woman who has suffered tragedies in her past which continue to impact her present. When her visiting mother suggests her husband Phillippe is having an affair, it is a niggling thought which
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Grass monster
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Paris Mon Amour is a story of love, lies and deceit. We meet Alexandra, a British American living in Paris who is married to Philippe. When Alexandra's mum tells her she knows Phillippe is having an affair, Alexandra embarks on an affair of her own with Jean-Luc. Jean-Luc is a sexy 23 year old and just happens to be the is son of Philippe’s best friend. Revenge is sweet or is it?.
We also meet Vanessa, who is Phillipe's teenage daughter. She comes to live with him after being thrown out by her mu
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Magdalena Szotek
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Today, I spent most of my day reading. This hardly ever happens these days; let's just say combination of My Little Pony, Bubble Guppies, and the the Paw Patrol contributed largely.

It appears you can carry on household duties, including cleaning the floors and cooking, while being glued to a book. But any book won't do. It needs to be the one you find lots of connections with. The one clicks with you in an instant. The one you find lots in common.

Like this one. 'Paris Mon Amour' by Isabel Costel
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Jo Barton
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started to read Paris Mon Amour. Initially, I was sold on the idea that it was going to be a Mrs Robinsonesque scenario, that is, older woman attracted to a younger man who takes revenge in the sweetest sort of way. But overall, it was a more exacting look at the pitfalls that life throws at us, and that by being drawn into situations which are beyond our control, we can very soon lose sight of what's important.

I was quickly drawn into the story and felt a cer
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Susan Foulkes
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A simply beautiful and poignant story.

The characters are easy to identify (and to empathise) with, they are all too human with their foibles and faults.

In Alexandra and Philippe we have what appears to be the perfect couple but the facade is cracking and Philippe lost some of my sympathy when he explained why he'd had an affair.

Jean-Luc, who becomes Alexandra's lover, is a sensitive, sensual and troubled young man. He is also the son of Philippe's best friend.

We know that things are not going to
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Lucille
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Paris Mon Amour is a must read book this summer. Don't be deceived by the title - this is no chicklit story but an engrossing novel that deals with love, betrayal and secrets. Paris may be the setting but we are taken away from the cliched tourist spots and learn that the beauty of the city can hide darkness and pain.

I empathised with Alexandra, a 40 year old Anglo-American woman married to Philippe, when she falls in love with Jean-Luc, the 23 year old son of Philippe's best friends. But Isabel
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Caroline Waterer
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
On one level, this is the tale of an articulate, troubled and sometimes troubling woman. And she has one heck of a ride! But as well as that - almost more in fact when the dust settled and I started to think about it - to me, it's about love. Maternal, married, adulterous, religious, you name it, from icons (Madonna and child? Self-sacrificing saint?) to motherhood to the title itself, the symbols and practice of love are the heart of this novel. The characters all think they know what it means. ...more
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