Thursday, May 18, 2023

Book review of Fly Me to Paris by Helga Jensen

French Village Diaries book review Fly Me to Paris Helga Jensen
Fly Me to Paris by Helga Jensen

Fly Me to Paris by Helga Jensen

Penny is not living her best life.


Her job is far from thrilling and her long-term boyfriend shows no sign of wanting to commit.


She has just turned fifty and is going nowhere.


Wanting a new start, Penny applies for a job as cabin crew, to find out if she can push herself out of her comfort zone.


Her new job brings the adventure she craves, even if she does keep bumping into impossibly handsome but deeply annoying pilot, Matt Garcia. 


Stuck in Paris on an unscheduled stopover, the chemistry between them grows. But the path of love never did fly smooth, as Matt’s past threatens to come between them.


Beside which, Penny is not looking for love. But what if love finds her?


A romantic, uplifting and inspirational read all about taking chances later in life – fans of Milly Johnson and Sandy Barker will love this!

French Village Diaries book review Fly Me to Paris Helga Jensen
Fly Me to Paris by Helga Jensen


My Review

Fly Me to Paris is a great fun read with lots of hilarious moments following Penny’s rebirth as she turns fifty and life throws her a curved ball. Having wasted way too many years playing second fiddle to boyfriend Geraint, (who I really wanted to thump) his thoughtless actions proved to be just the catalyst Penny needed to stand on her own two feet and find herself a life. 


It was no easy decision to leave the security of her uneventful, safe routine and throw herself into training for a new career as cabin crew, but after a few wobbles, she embraced every challenge head on, including meeting Matt. Matt is everything a distinguished pilot should be but comes with a carry-on of emotional baggage that could prove too much for Penny. I was intrigued how the new Penny would react to his actions, but it’s amazing how a little confidence always brings with it strength. To begin with, I worried that her almost childlike behaviour and lack of self-confidence would let her down, but following her journey never failed to make me smile and I was Team Penny all the way. 


As the perfect backdrop to Penny’s journey, this book had the romance, food and atmosphere of Paris, an insight into the fascinating lives of cabin crew, on and off the aeroplane, as well as family dramas. It is definitely one to add to your summer reading list, either paired with a poolside location and chilled drink, or as a virtual escape from life.


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French Village Diaries book review Fly Me to Paris Helga Jensen
Helga Jensen


Author Bio 


Helga Jensen is an award-winning British/Danish best-selling author and journalist. Her debut novel was a winning entry in the 2017 Montegrappa First Fiction competition at Dubai’s Emirates Literary Festival. Her debut was also a contender for the coveted 2021 Joan Hessayon Award for new writers. Helga’s second romantic comedy, A Scandinavian Summer, went straight to number one on the Amazon Kindle charts for Danish travel on its publication day. Helga holds a BA Hons in English Literature and Creative Writing, along with a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. She is currently working on a PhD.


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