Paris is Always a Good Idea

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for my DRC in exchange for my honest review.

rating: ★★★☆☆
title: Paris is Always a Good Idea
author: Jenn McKinlay
release date: July 21, 2020
publisher: Berkley Publishing
genres: adult contemporary romance, travel, chick lit


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 Knightley, her status as most talented fundraiser is unquestioned.

When her introverted mathematician father announces he’s getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died, and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her gap year. Inspired to retrace her steps–to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy–Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago, can help her find it again.

From the start of her journey nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected.

Loss and grief is a big part of this, but ultimately Chelsea finds herself on an epic path of self discovery. When her father announces that he is getting married to a woman he has only known for 2 weeks, Chelsea just absolutely cannot get past it. She cannot feel any happiness for him and believes he is making a huge mistake. She realizes that she needs to find happiness in herself, since she hasn’t felt it since her time traveling through Europe years ago.

Deciding to go back, she encounters her ex boyfriends to see if she can get that woman back. Ultimately, she learns that the most important things were right there in front of her all along.

This was fun but predictable. I definitely enjoyed the outcome.

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