Meet Ella, on the brink of turning 30 and full of regret for a life only half lived.

In a haze of heartbreak after splitting up with the man she thought she was going to marry, she makes the only decision that seems rational and buys a one-way ticket to Paris, embarking on a pilgrimage of food, wine, and joie de vivre.

After arriving, Ella struggles to grasp the nuances of French manners and friendship. She soon finds herself caught between two men who inhabit opposite ends of the Paris food scene, getting wined and dined by one, and inadvertently making a bet to try every type of French fromage with the other.

As the seasons change, Ella realizes that there’s more to life in France than champagne and cheese. At some point the Eiffel Tower stops sparkling and she needs to decide where her heart truly lies.

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My Thoughts

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, I would like to say that I am not really fond of chick lits. I have only read a few books from this genre so I didn’t really know what I should expect when I started reading this book.

This book is about Ella who was on a long term relationship, She really believed that her boyfriend, Paul, would propose at dinner. But that didn’t happen. Instead, Paul told Ella that he’s leaving to find himself or something. Naturally, this devastates the main character which made her decide to fly to Paris and live there for a year.

For me, this book had a great start. It was an easy and light-hearted read which I really liked. I was also really curious on what happens next for Ella. Paris has always been a fantasy for me so I was really excited reading about the place. However, by the middle of this book, I was bored. Ella’s life on Paris and cheese conquest was just not enough to sustain my  attention, the book became quite dull. Every chapter felt like a filler. Anyways, I think these are my thoughts because I’m not really a foodie. The thing is I didn’t really care for the description of the cheeses and wines. So, I guess these kinds of books are just not right for me.

Aside from all the cheese, everything else was predictable . Of course, she would find good friends in Paris who would help her navigate her life. I felt disappointed because I really think that this book had immense potential. However, her friends are all 2-dimensional and only exist  as plot convenience. The romance were also really predictable. I’ve known what their roles will be the moment they were introduced into the book.

As I’ve already mentioned, this book had great potential but it was sadly wasted. I couldn’t help comparing this book from the movie How to be Single. In the end, the main character in the movie realized that maybe she should find herself. It’s actually what I expected from this book- I expected for the character to grow. In the end, Ella was the same Ella who left Australia with just more knowledge about cheese. Ella was actually quite shallow for me. And I really hated that she just healed a broken heart by focusing her emotions in the next guy.

Overall, I recommend this book to people who are interested in a slice of Paris life. Pun intended. I think this book will be perfect for cheese lovers and foodies. This book might really be interesting for fans of chick lit.

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