Monday, December 11, 2023

Book review This Christmas in Paris by Sophie Claire

French Village Diaries book review This Christmas in Paris Sophie Claire
This Christmas in Paris by Sophie Claire

This Christmas in Paris by Sophie Claire

What could be more magical than Christmas in Paris? 


When Carys is offered the chance to run a little French café, she leaps at the chance to discover an exciting city where she can dream big. Meanwhile, struggling journalist Mat is living in the City of Love - but he's never found romance himself. Then, a chance encounter changes everything, and it feels like the start of something wonderful. But Carys and Mat are both keeping secrets . . . Can they open their hearts to one another - and maybe even find love, just in time for Christmas?


This Christmas in Paris is the perfect festive read for fans of Cathy Bramley, Jo Thomas and Heidi Swain.

French Village Diaries book review This Christmas in Paris Sophie Claire
This Christmas in Paris by Sophie Claire


My Review

I always look forward to a Christmas romance from Sophie Claire and in This Christmas in Paris, we follow Carys, who made a brief appearance in A Winter’s Dream.


Carys is escaping. Much as she loves the village of Willowbrook, following a serious car accident, she feels the only way to escape people treating her differently is to make a new start in a new place. The opportunity to run a quirky café in Paris is too good not to jump at with enthusiasm, even if she has more of that than experience. As she faces the challenges of staffing issues, customer numbers and rolling out her fresh ideas at the café, what she hadn’t expected to feel in the city, was loneliness. A chance meeting in a park, that leads to a friendship with Mat, is the perfect antidote to the stresses of work.


Journalist Mat is not happy. His job is thankless and getting him nowhere, but he too has a plan B, a secret persona whose reputation around Paris is growing rapidly and could be the start of a bright new future – a future he would love to share with Carys.


Mat and Carys decide to keep their work lives out of their weekly Sunday meetings, which was both cautious and romantic, until it had huge consequences. As a fan of the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan film “You’ve Got Mail” I was thoroughly entertained by the similarities and references made to it during this book. The ups and downs in both their work and social life kept me turning the pages as I tried to guess how things would pan out for them both and if they could ever find a happy ever after.


Written with a lot of humour and some heart-tugging emotions, it was great to be back in a Sophie Claire book, set in Paris, with a festive feel. Pour yourself a hot chocolate and enjoy this book, served with the French patisserie of your choice.


You can read my reviews of Sophie’s other novels here:

A Winter’s Dream

The Christmas Holiday

An Escape to Provence

Summer at the French Olive Grove

A Forget-me-not Summer


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Author Bio 


Sophie Claire, born to a French mother and Scottish father, grew up in Manchester where she still lives with her husband and two sons.


She writes stories centred around France, where she spent her summers as a child.


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