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One Summer in Paris

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  4,790 ratings  ·  794 reviews
USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan returns with this heartwarming novel about the power of friendship, love and what happens when an ending is just the beginning…

To celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Grace has planned the surprise of a lifetime for her husband—a romantic getaway to Paris. But she never expected he’d have a surprise of his own: he want
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by HQN Books
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Are you searching for a light hearted, well written women’s fiction read, with a smidge of romance and a dash of humor on the side? Look no further.

Betrayed and bewildered, Grace, whose marriage is over, plans to spend a month alone in Paris. She originally booked the trip as a surprise for her husband to celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, but the surprise was on Grace, as he asks her for a divorce.

Very independent, strong willed and eighteen years of age, Audrey, has never felt l
I read a lot of bleak, dark and disturbing fiction and non-fiction, and every now and then it means I have a real need for something light, well written and which is just pure entertainment, and for this purpose, Sarah Morgan serves as the perfect antidote to my normal reading fare. Her latest novel takes us to the beautiful and romantic location of Paris. Grace Porter is in her late forties, living in Woodbrook, a small picture perfect town in Connecticut, where everyone knows everyone. She is ...more
An enchanting tale of amour et amitié, set in the city of lights!

Sarah Morgan Rights such beautiful stories that completely ensnare my heart! This book was such a treat, amazing characters, a gorgeous setting, and a heart felt plot. The story was so real and raw, full of emotion and hope. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to spend their summer living above a bookshop in Paris?

Grace is a planner, and she has planned the ultimate surprise. A trip to Paris for her husband and herself for their 25th we
Theresa Alan
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read two depressing nonfiction books in a row, so I was in need of a light, fluffy read, and this cute book was what I needed. Dyslexic Audrey goes to Paris to get away from her alcoholic mother. Grace had planned a trip to France to celebrate her wedding anniversary, only to learn that her husband has been having an affair with a much younger woman. So Grace goes to Paris on her own and befriends Audrey, helping her with her French. Together, they help each other find romance and adventure an ...more
"Now go and write your own story, and don't forget the actions."
Grace's husband announces his affair on their 25th wedding anniversary, and their anniversary vacation reservation is now for one.

18-year-old Audrey has been gravely parentified by her alcoholic mother but a new man in her mother's life gives her a reprieve, and she finally has the opportunity to start a life of her own.

Two women.

An inspiring Paris setting that promises new stories for them both.

A bump in the road bri
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I recently read The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan and was completely swept up in her storytelling. I could not wait to read One Summer in Paris! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Grace and her husband are celebrating twenty-five years of happy marriage, and she plans a surprise trip to Paris as an anniversary gift.

Only her husband has a surprise of his own, a devastating one. He’s filing for divorce. Grace makes an emboldened decision to take the trip to Paris by herself.

Audrey has her own heartbreaking story
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Be warned, there shall be much swearing.

What. The. Ever-Loving. Actual. Fuck.
Are you fucking kidding me?

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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Awesome story of love, life, and change.
I just love it when I pick up a book that is so different than what I expected. This is the first time reading this author and I really had no clue about her style of writing or the stories that she tells.

What I found was a beautiful story about life. We all have trials and tribulations. We have beautiful moments and sometimes moments that truly suck. The author depicted this roller coaster perfectly in this story.

She takes a shocking sit
reeder (reviews)
May 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: not a recommended read
Honestly, I think Sarah Morgan was having fun with the cheating scenario that sets up this book. It's so OTT outrageous that it practically veers into comedy. (If she intended it to be actual comedy...oops.)

Probably spoilers below. Nothing felt revelatory to me, so I honestly wouldn't know what to mark with a spoiler cut.

Grace Porter is bursting with excitement on Valentine's Day: over a romantic dinner out with her beloved husband to celebrate their 25th anniversary, she presents him with ticke
Another romance/woman's fiction hybrid from Sarah Morgan.

In this case the heroine's life is blown up on their 25th wedding anniversary when her husband asks for a divorce instead of agreeing to take the trip to Paris heroine has been planning. (Reeder does a good plot recap in her review)

In woman's fiction the husband is always made miserable by his choice to ditch his old life and the heroine almost always gets a makeover and finds out new aspects of herself. In short - heroine is happy by the
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pensive, uplifting, and delightfully addictive!

One Summer in Paris is a heartwarming, compelling tale that takes you on a journey to the magical City of Lights and into the lives of the middle-aged, newly single Grace and the young, unsettled Audrey as they discover together the importance of taking chances, accepting change, embracing the future, and finding contentment.

The prose is amusing and polished. The characters are complex, quirky, authentic, and endearing. And the plot is a beguiling s
After reading the last in my favourite series I Heart I needed a book I knew I could easily get into. Sarah Morgan never fails to grip me from page one with excellent characters and writing style.

I liked how the theme to this book was friendship. Between two women of different ages who without a summer in Paris would never have met. I love how they first meet when Audrey stops a mugger getting Grace's bag Audrey and Grace both excellent lead characters. Grace is having problems with her husband
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’re like me and have always dreamed of spending a summer in Paris but can’t ever quite make it work then this sweet book may be the next best thing! Not only was I totally captivated by both of the main characters and their individual stories, I felt truly swept away to Paris myself.

This is told from both Grace and Audrey’s point of view as they are both at a sort of a crossroads in their lives. Although they are years and miles apart living totally different lives, when they have a chance
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan is a story of two women. Grace who’s husband who wants to divorce her after 25 years of marriage, and Audrey who is desperate to leave home and lead her own life. The women start an unlikely friendship as they try to start new beginnings.
Unfortunately this is not my usual read and the story did not hold my interest.
I would like to thank NetGalley and HQ for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you to Harlequin publicity for my copy! All opinions are my own! This book was so enjoyable! It was light and just what I needed. It takes us to Paris. Grace had planned a 25th wedding anniversary trip for her and her husband David to go to Paris. That same day, he decides to break the news to her that he wants a divorce. The way this goes down made me feel so sad for Grace! She decides to go on her own, and try to find herself again. Then we have Audrey, a young girl from London. She is d ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Two things

1. We are headed to Paris this summer & here’s why: (Not that anyone needs an excuse to visit Paris!!)
My first baby is starting his senior year of high school this fall. Super scary thought for this mama. It’s like I can hear the relentless ticking of the clock, counting down his childhood with us. And if this beautiful life we are living is so short, perhaps we ought to do it differently? So, my husband and I finagled it. Squirreled away money, bit by bit, and have made family time/t
Sentranced Jem
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Sarah Morgan and I really enjoyed it.
Honestly speaking, I wanted to read this book because there was the word Paris in it hahaha. Luckily for me, this book was such a delight to read!

Considering that the book is set in Paris which gave this storyline such an inviting magic. Grace and Audrey's story is one that is absolutely heartfelt.

One Summer in Paris is a book on heartbreak, embracing change and flourishing, it's about friendship... but most of all, it's about life an
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
3.5 stars
One Summer in Paris is my first turn with USA today bestselling author Sarah Morgan. With an extended backlist to her name, Sarah Morgan’s latest publication caught my eye due to the attractive setting of Paris, which is my favourite city in the world. One Summer in Paris is a touching rendition to female friendship, the sense of self, adversity, new beginnings and love.

Grace, the central character of Sarah Morgan’s One Summer in Paris, is about to
I really enjoyed this one. Right up until the very end. And that's just personal preference. I think some people are really going to love how it ends and some people are going to hate it. I can understand the feelings behind it but it just wasn't for me. But up until that point, I was really enjoying it.
The most important part of this book is the friendship that develops between the two main characters, Grace and Audrey. It was lovely and really inspiring. The two women are complete opposites b
Rachel Gilbey
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If only I had known how addictive and how much I was going to be pulled into this story, I would have waited to read it for when I could give it my undivided attention. Well I was intending to read it on holiday, but my finger slipped and once I have a Sarah Morgan open on my kindle, I'm not closing it again until I have read it!

From very early on, there were many moments that had me giving mini gasps and had me reaching for the next chapter, eager to know what would happen next. Whenever I was
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sarah never disappoints me with her clever stories. They're light, fluffy and touch on some darker aspects (but not too dark). She has a way of making her characters’ journey realistic and ultimately find their paths to find their true selves. ...more
Mikaela (Booklover1974)
Jun 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
I thought this book was great until the last 20%, then it turned out to be a shitshow. Why, why, why does some authors feel the need to turn women into doormats in their books??? I can't stand it!!! I have really liked earlier books by Sarah Morgan but this book was a big letdown. ☹️ ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cheating
This was a 4⭐️ story for 85% of the book. We needed more interaction between Grace and David before believing he was worth taking back. And honestly, when are authors going to stop having the cheated on believe part of the blame is theirs??
Beeg Panda
Would’ve enjoyed it as chicklit if the MCs didn’t end up together.
Totally spoilt it for me.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grace has planned a surprise getaway to Paris for her and her husband, to celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary. Except instead of celebrating, he asks for for a divorce. Distraught, Grace decides to go alone to Paris to escape.

Audrey, is also escaping to Paris for a break after finishing school and begins working in a bookstore. However, she has no money and knows very little French. The two find each other in Paris and in turn find an unlikely friendship.

This was such a heartwarming famil
Karen Whittard
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What drew me into this book in the first instance, other than being written by an author that I absolutely love and would recommend to all. Is the stunning front cover. I mean it is beautiful. I can imagine myself walking the streets of Paris, eating a cake from a patisserie and enjoying a Parisian summer.

Then I read the bio on the back and I knew that this book would be absolutely perfect for me.

This book is a little bit different to Sarah’s previous books, it’s grittier and the characters ha
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, romance, kindle
What’s not to love about a book based in a Paris Bookshop. Realistic characters and events. Light and easy to read.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction
Grace is happy with her life. After 25-years of marriage, she’s still madly in love her husband. They live in a small, East Coast town where they’ve known everyone for years. Their daughter, Sophie, is ready to head off to college on the West Coast next fall. Grace spends her days teaching at a local school and a French course to her grandmother and other senior citizens at an elderly facility. For her and her husband’s 25th anniversary, Grace decided to buy them a month-long vacation to none ot ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

On the surface this book appears to delve deeply into the lives of two very different opposite women. Everything from age, social background, country, circumstances. However as the story develops, and this one most certainly does - the differences seem to melt away and an unlikely friendship is formed.

Both Grace & Audrey arrive in Paris at almost the same time. Both escaping their regular run of the mill lives that are so suffocating, the only way out seems to be to go to France.

A lar
Paula Sealey
I always look forward to a new book from Sarah Morgan as I love her skill at combining interesting characters with romance. Sadly, I wouldn't add this book to one of my favourites by her. It was a quick read, perfect for spending an afternoon with, but I didn't really connect with either of the two main characters and found the story a touch slow in places. The ending ties the various threads of the story up nicely, but maybe a little too predictably for my liking. A good read, but not one I'd r ...more
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USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes romance and contemporary women's fiction and her trademark humour and warmth have gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives near London, England, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors.

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