Thursday, September 10, 2020

Book review of Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

French Village Diaries book review Someday in Paris Olivia Lara
Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

Someday in Paris


'An epic, sweeping romance about soulmates and second chances' Holly Miller.


'An absolutely unforgettable love story' Mandy Baggot.


'A deeply moving, richly evocative story of love, loss and the power of hope' Miranda Dickinson.


Finding the one is only the beginning... 

1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same. 


1963. In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. After dreaming about him for years, Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don't recognise each other – yet the way they feel is so familiar... 


Over the course of twenty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together? 

'It's about dreams and taking chances. Missed opportunities and mistakes. Loss and sacrifice. But above all, it is about love. The kind of love that survives time, distance... even death. The kind of love I wish for you.' 


A magical new love story about star-crossed lovers, perfect for hopeless romantics and fans of One Day and The Notebook


French Village Diaries book review Someday in Paris Olivia Lara
Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

My Review

An unusual revelation in the opening chapter, that involved a mysterious cemetery visit, instantly had me hooked. I had no idea where this book would take me, but I knew I had to dive right in.


The book then jumps back in time and we meet Leon and Zara when their relationship begins with a chance meeting in a museum library, during a power cut. Despite not seeing each other’s faces and almost forgetting to ask their names, they know they have a connection they can’t let go. They begin writing to each other, pouring out their feelings and thoughts, not knowing if they will ever get the chance to meet in person again. What follows is a love story that keeps us hanging on for decades, that is deeply emotional and gives you all the good, and the bad, that love can throw your way. You get a hint about the unusual dreams and dramas the women in this book experience at the beginning, but nothing quite prepared me for what was to come.


Museums, the art world, books and libraries all have their part to play in this novel and this added an extra depth for me, as well as a release from the heavy emotions. I also enjoyed the locations we visited, and the descriptions of Colmar in the Alsace in particular made me want to plan a visit. 


This book might not be one to lift your soul in troubled times, but it will certainly pull you in to its rollercoaster ride of emotions and give you a lot to think and ponder on, even when you are not reading it. 


Someday in Paris is currently only 99p on kindle UK and you will definitely get your money’s worth from it. 


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French Village Diaries book review Someday in Paris Olivia Lara
Olivia Lara Someday in Paris

Author Bio 

OLIVIA LARA was born and raised in Bucharest in a family of booklovers and storytellers. Since university she has worked as a journalist and marketer in Romania, France and the United States. She is currently a marketing executive in San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area with her husband, young daughter and four cats. Someday in Paris is her first novel.


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French Village Diaries book review Someday in Paris Olivia Lara
Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

Goodreads Giveaway

Olivia Lara is running a Goodreads giveaway for 50 kindle copies of Someday in Paris. As per Goodreads latest rules, this is open to those in the US only. 

Click here to enter.

What readers are saying about Someday in Paris

'I absolutely adored this book and stayed up late at night to finish it!! I couldn't put it down. This was a truly epic love story' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 


'Magical, all-encompassing and timeless; an unforgettable romance' NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 


'Without question 5.0 Exquisite Stars!! There are not enough magical adjectives to describe the beauty of this story!! Someday in Paris moved me beyond words and to quite a few tears' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 


'Some books leave you a print in your heart which make them difficult to forget ... Emotive, sweet and unforgettable ... The most beautiful book I've read in a while!' NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 


'This is a book for hopeless romantics, for those who dare to dream, and for those who believe in true love everlasting ... I could not put it down' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 


'This book left me speechless. I haven't read such an amazing story in a long time' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

'I absolutely loved this book ... The story kept me hanging on and reading late into the night' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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