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Paris Is Always a Good Idea

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It's been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong post-college European adventure. Since then, she's lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea's thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knig ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by Berkley Books
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 Teodora
3.75/5 ⭐

I honestly have no idea what to say about Paris being a good idea, never been there and I’m not sure I will any time soon but this book was, indeed, a good idea.

What to expect from it at the beginning? No idea. I mean I haven’t even read the blurb from the beginning to the end. I just added it and then I was suddenly in a mood for some travelling romance so I started reading it sooner than initially anticipated.

And I liked it.

The main character started off by annoying the hell out of me
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Happy Pub day!!! This book is out today!!!

Have you ever experienced such a loss that it literally takes a piece of you with it? It is such a profound loss that a piece of your very soul goes along with it and you never quite feel the same? You go on through life, you manage to be successful, yet there is still a piece of your happiness that you just can't get back? Well this is exactly what happened to Chelsea Martin.

After losing her mother to cancer while in her early 20's Chelsea threw herself
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Berit☀️✨
Three men. Three countries. And a whole lot of food. Jen McKinlay will tug at your heartstrings and feed your travel bug with this delightful story. Chelsea’s Life completely changed seven years ago after the death of her mother. She has thrown herself into her job where she works for a Cancer nonprofit. She excels at fundraising, but has no personal life. When her father announces he is getting remarried Chelsea is distraught. BUT the unwelcome news makes her realize she has not been happy for ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Beautiful illustrated cover, promising and hopeful plot taking us to the self-discovery and fantastic journey to my favorite three European cities: Italy, Ireland and Paris. (When you wrote the names, my heart started aching. I’m sending my prayers and wellness wishes to everyone live in those cities. I hope the days will come sooner and we may still visit those remarkably spectacular countries and enjoy our lives!)

This book is about Chelsea’s taking gap year after suffering hurtful grief of lo
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Samantha
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3.75 stars

tw: death of a parent; death of a sibling; cancer; brief mention of self harm

This book had a lot of things I liked and a number of things I didn't, which makes it hard to rate. I'd go from really enjoying a moment, to there being something I don't like in the next sentence.

This is a combination of so many different tropes: young woman travels back to Ireland (small town), France (Paris), and Italy (vineyard) to re-discover who she is by trying to reconnect with three men she fell in l
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Jenn McKinlay
Apr 20, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi, Readers!

The galleys of Paris is Always a Good Idea are just entering the wild. So thrilling! This book is my first stand alone and, as such, was an incredible journey for me. Primarily, because I had no intention of writing a stand alone. Ever. I'm a series gal. But then, well, life happened.

Have you ever tried to drag yourself out from under the crushing weight of grief? That's what I was doing, sitting in my car waiting for my chronically late for school son, the morning after I had flown
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Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
I really liked the idea is this one because it takes place in France, Italy, and Scotland and j just loved the settings so much. I have to take a star off because I did not like our main female oc. She was dealing with grief over her mother's passing but she became almost childish when she saw people were falling in love etc. She also ran away for silly reasons and left me frustrated.

However, I love the office romance trope plus the enemies to lovers trope. It was so freaking cute at a lot of ti
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ABookwormWithWine
4.5/5

Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlay is one of those books that just makes your heart happy. Sure, there are sad parts, but the overall feel was happy and uplifting. There were so many moments that I burst out laughing, and this book had me right from the beginning all the way to the end. The audio is narrated by Brittany Pressley who is one of my favorite narrators of all time, and she did an outstanding job voicing this book. She made the perfect Chelsea and there is something abo
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Lacey
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 to 3 stars

Chelsea, our female MC, annoyed the living shit outta me, and that's kinda hard to forgive.
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Nursebookie
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There is always that one book that makes your heart feel warm and fuzzy. PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA is one of them. I really took to heart Chelsea’s character who went through great lengths to get over her grief, and eventually find the joy that is missing in her life.

Chelsea is going through some life difficulties - from the death of her mother to cancer, to her father remarrying and moving on with his life. I was captivated with the story line where to re-discover some things in life, you ma
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Annie
3.5 stars



Jenn McKinlay’s new book, PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA, is a fun romp of a book. There’s not much behind it that draws a reader in except for the setting and the comical characters, but I think it’s a great book if you’re in the mood for something light.

If you’re a person who enjoys reading about a lot of traveling, then I think you’re going to enjoy Chelsea’s story. There are a lot of funny and sweet moments in this book, but the romance didn’t really take off for me. Chelsea has t
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Jenn
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Chelsea is very good at her job, working to solicit big donations for a cancer charity. But when her father surprises her one day, informing her that he's marrying a woman he met two weeks ago, Chelsea is understandably upset. However, when her sister confronts her, Chelsea realizes that since her mother does seven years ago, she's shut herself off and has completely forgotten how to have fun. So, she gives notice at work and heads off for a three stop tour if Europe to revisit the three men she ...more
Krysti
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From it’s heart-melting romance, to the gorgeous travel destinations, to the beautiful emotional journey the main character goes on, PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA is a delight and an absolutely beautiful distraction.

Undoubtedly one of my favorite reads of the year, if I could recommend one book to everyone during this stressful time, it would be this one. It’s not only about finding oneself and discovering love along the way. It’s also about honoring the people we’ve loved and lost and moving forw
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Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
Mmmm the idea of a vicarious vacation is so appealing right now
Alexa
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Cheesy, but cute love story that felt right out of a romantic comedy (or a Hallmark movie). The travel bits were what really fun for me as a reader!
Lucy
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Funny and entertaining! Exactly what I needed to read right now. I really enjoyed Chelsea's journey to find her happiness again. Her encounters with her previous boyfriends and snarky relationship with Jason (co-worker) provided plenty of entertainment of the rom-com variety. This story reminded me of The Hating Game. ...more
Amélie Boucher
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a solid read! I had such a great time reading this book.

If you're looking for a book that will make you travel, look no further! Jenn McKinlay was truly able to transport her readers to Ireland, Paris, and Italy, where most of the story takes place. The exhaustive (and sometimes excessive, I will admit) descriptions were vivid and made me feel like I was traveling with our main character.

I absolutely loved the romance. I did feel like we were introduced to the love interest in a very mech
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Mia
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
For me just meh, pretty predictable with two main characters I really didn't care about. ...more
Lucy Burdette
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In these stressful times, this is exactly the book I wanted to read. It's got Ireland, and Paris, and an Italian vineyard, plus romance and an appealing heroine. ...more
Beth J
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Edit to add, it's lines like this that had my attention swerving away with the roll of my eyes back to my brain: "There was a manly man knuckle dragger quality to Jason Knightly that I had to admit I found attractive." That about sums up her mindset, perspective on men, and priorities. Gross. Run around and kiss whoever, but she's looking toward MEN to help her find herself and what she's lost, and she's crushing on a "knuckle dragger" who is basically stalking her. It's so problematic and...aga ...more
Tonya
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review coming. Do yourself a favor and preorder it.
Ariel
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, adult
My review can also be found on The Book View

This is probably one of the best books I've read this year! Oh wow! Even after taking some time to digest it all, I'm still in awe over it. McKinlay did such a brilliant job of plotting out this book to be a non-stop adventure and of weaving together a whole cast of characters. It didn't feel rushed, or strained in any way, and was just so enjoyable.

I think if I could only use one word to describe this book, it would be 'surprise'. I was surprised from
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Samantha (WLABB)
Seven years ago, Chelsea had to abandon her post-college year abroad as her mother's health took a turn for the worse. It was then that she left behind the free-spirit she once was. When her father announced his upcoming nuptials, she began to realize that since her mother's death, her life had been at a standstill. In an effort to find the fun and fancy free woman she once was, she booked a trip to recreate her European adventure. Though things didn't go quite according to plan, Chelsea redisco ...more
Ann
Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-book, paperback
As a big fan of the movie, Sabrina, including the widely panned remake, it was the title of this book that caught my attention. The travels in the book reminded me of my own past trips to Ireland, France, and Italy so that was great. Sadly, I never warmed up to the characters that much so this book was just okay for me.
Howard
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobooks, fun
4.5 Stars for Paris is Always A Good Idea (audiobook) by Jennifer McKinlay read by Brittany Pressley. This was a fun hate to love romance. The characters were great and the travel was fun too.
Rebecca
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
After Chelsea's father announces he's getting married, unexpected feelings rise to the surface making Chelsea reevaluate her workaholic ways. Determined to find love, she decides to reconnect with old boyfriends from before her mom died. Will she find what she's looking for?

I thoroughly enjoyed this fun rom-com, and it brought tears to my eyes several times.

Location: Boston, Ireland, France, and Italy

Audiobook
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Maria
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, gr-giveaway
A well written story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love again
Danny Santana
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A chick-lit just out of the oven. I waited a long time for the release of this book, full of expectations due to the super positive reviews and it fulfilled what it promised and more.
It's a super cute and natural romance that makes you smile from beginning to end.
Chelsea realizes that she forgot to live after her mother's death and decides to travel to Europe to find herself, so she thinks it is a good idea to see her ex-boyfriends and remember what it is like to be in love again. I loved that
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Lexy
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was good and cute
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
I'm getting tired of the "Eat. Love. Pray" trope where white women venture off to various international spots to find themselves. The trope leaves an uninspiring aftertaste in its wake, leaving readers, like me, numb.

2/5
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Jenn is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of several mystery and romance series and will be debuting a stand alone romantic comedy in July 2020 entitled PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband's guitars. ...more

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