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Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan
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3.5 stars

Is Leah a widow? For almost a year, she is unsure. Her husband, Robert, vanishes and I don’t say suddenly, because it is like him to take a break from the family from time to time: this time, he doesn’t leave a note and does not return. Is he leaving her clues to his whereabouts? Conflicted with her emotions, Leah and her daughters, Ellie and Daphne, take a trip to Paris in hopes of finding their father; if he is still alive.

The book does have a slow start, but I felt a need to discover what happened to Robert and kept on reading. About midway through the pace picked up a bit more and I felt more connected to Leah, Ellie, and Daphne.

It is a story about grief and how one’s grief journey is never the same as another, and the need for family to understand each other is essential in moving forward (or to stay in one’s preferred place until ready to move forward). The need to listen, and how often listening is avoided in order to protect one’s own emotions. You are experiencing Leah, Ellie, and Daphne’s journey and will find that you silently fight for them: for their protection.

This is not a read that you pick up if you are looking to brighten your mood. But, its a read that makes you think “what would you do in this position?” The concept was unique and I was not left disappointed when I finished. The ending suited the story.

I would rate this book a 3.5 out of 5. I liked it, but its one that you have to be in a certain mood to read, and need a bit of patience to read through the slower first half.

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Reading Progress

March 7, 2018 – Shelved
March 7, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
March 16, 2018 – Started Reading
March 16, 2018 –
page 84
March 17, 2018 –
page 215
March 18, 2018 –
page 215
March 18, 2018 – Shelved as: read-2018
March 18, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Stormi (Bewitched Reader) I've been on the fence about this one since I first saw it. I may have to. Give it a chance. Thanks for the review!

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Kati Great review!

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