Moonlight Over Paris is the latest novel from Jennifer Robson (which, coincidentally, would have been my name as well had I married my university crush). After almost dying from scarlet fever and having her fiancé break off their engagement, Lady Helena Parr makes the decision to move to Paris for a year to pursue her dream of studying art. During this year, she is able to escape her past and any lingering gossip, and she makes new friends, discovers new passions, and falls in love with a man who could possibly be quite unsuitable. Moonlight Over Paris is historical fiction meeting a coming of age story crossed with a love story.
What first drew me to this book was its beautiful cover. The colours, image, font, and title pulled me in, and I fell in love with the book before even opening it up. I enjoyed the story and the author's writing style. It's been awhile since I've read historical fiction, and I had forgotten how much I really enjoy this genre of books. I loved Helena Parr's character. She shows a lot of courage and through missteps and bold moves, she grows to discover herself and create the life she's always wanted to live. The book is also very descriptive, and I could easily visualize the art, fashion, and markets in Paris. This is one book you can judge by its cover!
As soon as I finished Moonlight Over Paris, I immediately ordered her other two books to read next: Somewhere in France and After the War is Over. If you do pick up one Jennifer Robson's books, be sure to request a free, signed and personalized book plate from her website, or you can send her a message on Facebook. She is also willing to visit book club meetings via Skype which is pretty cool. I'd love to do that with my book club later this year!
"She got into bed, arranged her pillows, sheets, and eiderdown so they were perfectly comfortable, and still she couldn't stop thinking about that kiss, and how, in the space between two heartbeats, everything had changed." - Moonlight Over Paris
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About the Author
Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Somewhere in France. She holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children.
Disclaimer - I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. All thoughts, opinions, and Paris-related obsessions are entirely my own.