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Nell är tjugosex år och har aldrig har varit i Paris. Hon har aldrig ens varit på en romantisk weekend någonstans. Att åka utomlands är inte riktigt hennes grej. Men när Nells pojkvän struntar i att dyka upp vid tåget har hon chansen att bevisa för alla inklusive sig själv att hon kan vara självständig och modig. Väl i Paris hittar Nell en version av sig själv som hon inte Nell är tjugosex år och har aldrig har varit i Paris. Hon har aldrig ens varit på en romantisk weekend någonstans. Att åka utomlands är inte riktigt hennes grej. Men när Nells pojkvän struntar i att dyka upp vid tåget har hon chansen att bevisa för alla inklusive sig själv att hon kan vara självständig och modig. Väl i Paris hittar Nell en version av sig själv som hon inte visste existerade Kortromanen Ensam i Paris är romantisk och charmig verklighetsflykt när den är som bäst. I den andra kortromanen Smekmånad i Paris får vi möta Liv och Sophie från Sophies historia, många år tidigare. Sophie, som är från landet, sveps med i den glamorösa Belle epoque-tillvaron i Paris, men upptäcker att ett liv med en hyllad konstnär som Edouard kan vara komplicerat. Ett århundrade senare följer Liv i hennes fotspår; efter en hastig romans blir smekmånaden i Paris inte riktigt så romantisk som hon hoppats De kortare novellerna bjuder på ett galleri av kvinnor mitt i vardagslivet, där stora som små ämnen blir oförglömliga historier i Moyes skickliga händer.


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Nell är tjugosex år och har aldrig har varit i Paris. Hon har aldrig ens varit på en romantisk weekend någonstans. Att åka utomlands är inte riktigt hennes grej. Men när Nells pojkvän struntar i att dyka upp vid tåget har hon chansen att bevisa för alla inklusive sig själv att hon kan vara självständig och modig. Väl i Paris hittar Nell en version av sig själv som hon inte Nell är tjugosex år och har aldrig har varit i Paris. Hon har aldrig ens varit på en romantisk weekend någonstans. Att åka utomlands är inte riktigt hennes grej. Men när Nells pojkvän struntar i att dyka upp vid tåget har hon chansen att bevisa för alla inklusive sig själv att hon kan vara självständig och modig. Väl i Paris hittar Nell en version av sig själv som hon inte visste existerade Kortromanen Ensam i Paris är romantisk och charmig verklighetsflykt när den är som bäst. I den andra kortromanen Smekmånad i Paris får vi möta Liv och Sophie från Sophies historia, många år tidigare. Sophie, som är från landet, sveps med i den glamorösa Belle epoque-tillvaron i Paris, men upptäcker att ett liv med en hyllad konstnär som Edouard kan vara komplicerat. Ett århundrade senare följer Liv i hennes fotspår; efter en hastig romans blir smekmånaden i Paris inte riktigt så romantisk som hon hoppats De kortare novellerna bjuder på ett galleri av kvinnor mitt i vardagslivet, där stora som små ämnen blir oförglömliga historier i Moyes skickliga händer.

30 review for Ensam i Paris och andra historier

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    This book has nine stories about troubled relationships from the perspectives of the women in each. The first, Paris for One, is the length of a novella while the others are all short stories. I liked some more than others but really enjoyed them collectively. The narration performances were outstanding and contributed greatly to my overall reading experience. Below are short summaries of each with my reactions. Paris for One Nell and her boyfriend Pete are off for a weekend in Paris, or so she t This book has nine stories about troubled relationships from the perspectives of the women in each. The first, Paris for One, is the length of a novella while the others are all short stories. I liked some more than others but really enjoyed them collectively. The narration performances were outstanding and contributed greatly to my overall reading experience. Below are short summaries of each with my reactions. Paris for One Nell and her boyfriend Pete are off for a weekend in Paris, or so she thinks. Pete turns out to be a no-show and Nell decides to stay and experience the city of lights on her own. I actually loved this meandering and delightful story. Nell is such a straight arrow who steps outside of herself and turns a potentially crummy set of circumstances into a wonderful adventure. I enjoyed this immensely. Between the Tweets This story about a PR nightmare has just the right touch of irony. Short but it hit the right notes. Love in the Afternoon A woman's husband surprises her with a getaway vacation but it can't conjure up a bygone romance. This was so realistic it almost hurt but I loved the ending. A Bird in the Hand A married woman encounters her former secret lover at a party and both have regrets they didn't even know they had. While this was not one of my favorites, it still was pretty interesting. Crocodile Shoes A weary working mother and neglected wife has a pair of fantastic shoes transform her life overnight. This is one of my favorites, full of humor with a perfect ending. Holdups A woman working at a jewelry store has an encounter with one of the robbers of the place while it is in progress. This was my least favorite as it was a bit far fetched. Still, it was interesting. Last Year's Coat A married, working mother needs a new coat but the one she really wants is out of reach as they're struggling to make ends meet. It has a lovely and pertinent ending. Thirteen Days with John C. A neglected married woman finds a cell phone and gets caught up in a texting relationship with a twist. This was touching and a bit sad though I got hooked through the end. The Christmas List A woman in a cold, dispassionate marriage is struggling to find the items on a Christmas list created by her husband for his mother. A fortunate ride in a taxi made this a really special story. Loved it. (I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Irena

    Paris for One is collection of two novellas and 9 short stories. My favorite story (or I should say novella) was Honeymoon in Paris. It is a standalone novella, but is also connected to Moyes' full lenght novel The Girl You Left Behind. 80 pages long, the story follows two couples placed in different time, separated by 80 years, who's stories together make a whole. Even though I really liked it, I think I would appreciate it even more if I have read the novel. Paris for One is second best in this Paris for One is collection of two novellas and 9 short stories. My favorite story (or I should say novella) was Honeymoon in Paris. It is a standalone novella, but is also connected to Moyes' full lenght novel The Girl You Left Behind. 80 pages long, the story follows two couples placed in different time, separated by 80 years, who's stories together make a whole. Even though I really liked it, I think I would appreciate it even more if I have read the novel. Paris for One is second best in this collection. It is fun and easy to read, but I think it would be better if the story was set in 90's, because characters were really bad when it comes to communication. If there were no mobile phones, the story would make more sense. Other two stories that I really enjoyed were Between the Tweets and Crocodile Shoes. As for other pieces, I think they were put into this collection just for sake of having enough stories for the whole bind up. Some were forgetable (Love in the Afternoon), some were there so Jojo Moyes' fans would have something new to read, and one was so.... silly and ridiculous (I don't mean it in a good way). The story I'm talking about is Holdups. I really didn't like that one. I don't want to sound rude here, but I'll say this anyway: some stories sounded like someone's practice writing, so I couldn't help but wonder if they were written before Moyes found her voice, before she became a successful writer. To be fair, when it all comes down together, I think three stars rating is realistic. I would recommend this collection to fans of Jojo Moyes. If you haven't read anything by her before, and you come upon this book, I would still recommend four stories I mentioned as my favorites. It would be a shame not to read them, if you already have a chance to do so. Read this and more reviews on my blog: http://bookdustmagic.wordpress.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Paris for One and Other Stories is a collection of short stories written by Jojo Moyes. In my opinion, most all of the stories are entertaining and engaging, although some were more enjoyable than others for me personally. Fans of women's fiction will surely be able to connect with a few if not most of the pieces. It's a great collection. Check it out! Paris for One and Other Stories includes the following titles. The ratings and mini reviews are based on my personal enjoyment and reflect my opin Paris for One and Other Stories is a collection of short stories written by Jojo Moyes. In my opinion, most all of the stories are entertaining and engaging, although some were more enjoyable than others for me personally. Fans of women's fiction will surely be able to connect with a few if not most of the pieces. It's a great collection. Check it out! Paris for One and Other Stories includes the following titles. The ratings and mini reviews are based on my personal enjoyment and reflect my opinion only. Paris for One: ★★★★☆ This novella is takes up over half the book and felt like a thorough open and close story. I enjoyed it and clearly felt the Paris setting and the heroine's emotions. This was a good one. Between the Tweets: ★★★★☆ A bit of mystery with a surprise plot twist... and very surprise ending. I probably should have seen it all coming but I really didn't. Enjoyable! Love in the Afternoon: ★★★★★ Hands down, my favorite out of the bunch. We take each other for granted much too easily and our contributions become a mundane expectation instead of a thankful appreciation. Loved it! A Bird in the Hand: ★★★★☆ The grass is always greener on the other side. Yeah right. Glad to see a change of heart. Crocodile Shoes: ★★★★★ A fabulous pair of shoes can change your life. Loved this one! Holdups: ★★★★☆ So Ms. Moyes has a borderline dark side! This one surprised me in a good way! Last Year’s Coat: ★☆☆☆☆ I listened to this one twice and still can't tell you what it was about. Thirteen Days with John C: ★★☆☆☆ Busted! Unfortunately, I didn't find this one all that enjoyable. The Christmas List: ★★★☆☆ So many factors can make the holidays stressful instead of magical. After all is said and done, it's easy to be left wondering what's the point of all the hassle. Moral of the story: Make every day of your life count and spend your holidays with people who care ♥ Rating Average: 3.55 Stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I originally read Paris for One about 2 years ago. I rated it 4 stars and I thought it was a good short story. I was impressed by the fact that it focused more on a connection between two people rather than force some kind of insta-love. I didn't enjoy it as much this time, I don't know if that is to do with the fact that my tastes have changed or because I wasn't reading it for the first time. I think it was the former and I do think my tastes have changed slightly, but I rated it 3.5 stars thi I originally read Paris for One about 2 years ago. I rated it 4 stars and I thought it was a good short story. I was impressed by the fact that it focused more on a connection between two people rather than force some kind of insta-love. I didn't enjoy it as much this time, I don't know if that is to do with the fact that my tastes have changed or because I wasn't reading it for the first time. I think it was the former and I do think my tastes have changed slightly, but I rated it 3.5 stars this time (which isn't that much of a change to the rating but my feelings towards it have definitely changed). So it is a cute story overall but kind of lacking. I found most of the other stories to be lacking too. I really enjoyed Holdups (I gave it a 4.5). That story was very entertaining and different, it was also a bit far-fetched but I indulged it. A Bird in the Hand was the second best, getting 4 stars from me but the rest were all very underwhelming. That is why this book amounted to 3 stars. I hate to be mean but it feels like a money grab to me. * I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ---------------------- "And yet something-perhaps an English predisposition not to appear rude, not to make a fuss, even if it does end up in your untimely murder-propels her forward." "She is so good at saying it now, as if it happened to someone else entirely. Her voice even, light, as if it were the most insubstantial of facts. As if it hadn't smashed their existence into a million pieces, a falling meteor, radioactive for years afterward, scorching the earth."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Connie G

    Jojo Moyes is known for her engaging books that look at romantic relationships with insight and humor. This is a collection of nine contemporary stories. After reading weeks of depressing political commentary in the newspapers lately, it was fun to escape to this light, entertaining book. It was just what I needed!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dash fan

    4☆ Great collection of short stories This is my first book by Jojo it was a fun read with some great stories. Each short story is very different. However they feature romance, some humour, breakups, secret love affairs, a little mystery and lots of different emotions. They give a portrayal of life and the problems women face within marriage and relationships. Not every story is written with a happy ending. Paris for one is the main story and it literally is what it says.... Nell embarks on a trip wit 4☆ Great collection of short stories This is my first book by Jojo it was a fun read with some great stories. Each short story is very different. However they feature romance, some humour, breakups, secret love affairs, a little mystery and lots of different emotions. They give a portrayal of life and the problems women face within marriage and relationships. Not every story is written with a happy ending. Paris for one is the main story and it literally is what it says.... Nell embarks on a trip with her boyfriend... only he doesn't turn up...leaving poor Nell alone.... She shows so much strength when she decides to go to Paris alone, who knows what exciting encounters Paris has to offer! There are 8 other short stories included is this delightful collection. Some very good, others are just ok. But that's ok as not all stories are to everyone's taste. For this reason I chose not to list the ones I particularly liked as I feel it's only fair you read them with a fresh look. Overall a delightful and different collection. I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for a honest and fair review via Netgalley.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa S.

    Last summer, I attempted to read my first Jojo Moyes' book, Windfallen, and quit after about 60 pages in because of the writing style. I decided to give her writing another go with Paris for One and Other Stories, but, sadly, I felt much the same about these short stories. I enjoyed Paris for One fairly well, but the other stories were somewhat irritating and forgettable. I was hoping I'd like this more, and I still plan to read Me Before You and After You, but this was a miss for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)

    Paris for One and Other Stories was a charming and touching collection of short stories involving troubled relationships. Each story had such a strong and dynamic voice. I felt like each narrator was so distinct and well developed for having such short stories. I loved the way the author wrote the stories and how each story was unique and memorable. I knew I loved JoJo's writing style, but this book just reminded me of how much I truly loved it! I liked some of the stories more than others, but Paris for One and Other Stories was a charming and touching collection of short stories involving troubled relationships. Each story had such a strong and dynamic voice. I felt like each narrator was so distinct and well developed for having such short stories. I loved the way the author wrote the stories and how each story was unique and memorable. I knew I loved JoJo's writing style, but this book just reminded me of how much I truly loved it! I liked some of the stories more than others, but I really enjoyed this collection overall. Paris for One This story was actually my favorite of the collection and it was the longest! I loved the two main characters in this story, especially Nell. I saw so much of myself in Nell and I was rooting for her to have the trip of her life. I was invested in this story from the first page and shipped the two main characters SO HARD. I LOVE THEM TOGETHER. The Paris setting added such an enchanting and wonderful element to the story. I seriously adored this story and the adventure the characters went on. I WISH THIS WAS A FULL-LENGTH NOVEL. NOW NEED TO GO TO PARIS AND DISCOVER MYSELF. Between the Tweets This was an extremely short story, but I still found it very interesting and addictive! It proved how lies can really hurt your reputation. This might not have been one of my favorite stories, but I still enjoyed it. Love in the Afternoon I found this short story to be a very realistic look into romance in marriages. This story and the characters tugged at my heartstrings and I loved the way it ended. A Bird in the Hand This story involved ex-lovers running into each other and discussing some of the regrets they had in regards to their relationship. I found this story to be very well written, but it was not one of my favorite stories in this book. Crocodile Shoes This story took the old saying "one pair of shoes can change your life" to heart! When a woman finds a pair of killer heels, it turned her not so fabulous life upside down! I thought this story was hilarious and oh so charming! Holdups While working at a jewelry store, a woman had an interesting encounter with a robber. Even if the events seemed a bit ridiculous, the character interactions were well written! The ending put a smile on my face, even if it seemed crazy. Last Year's Coat This was such a realistic and emotional story. I felt like the author touched on such a relevant and relatable topic in regards to struggling to make ends meet. The ending made me feel ALL THE FEELS! ADORABLE! Thirteen Days with John C. This story was such an emotional roller coaster! Even though I had a feeling things wouldn't end up well, I was invested in the story and the characters. The Christmas List AHHH! This story was so heartwarming and precious. The character interactions in this story were precious and made for such a memorable novella. Overall, Paris for One and Other Stories was a fun, charming, and easy read! I would recommend this book to everyone. 4 / 5 Fangs *This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It Facebook Twitter

  9. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥

    'Paris for One and Other Stories,' is a collection of eleven romantic shorts with JoJo Moyes the headline author and writer of the main title. Paris for One offers easy, light romantic reading and is my first outing with this author. I was highly anticipating that I would enjoy the writing style but unfortunately, for my personal taste, it was lacking the power in the prose to engage my attention or convincingly draw me into the story. I found myself disengaged from the characters and felt some 'Paris for One and Other Stories,' is a collection of eleven romantic shorts with JoJo Moyes the headline author and writer of the main title. Paris for One offers easy, light romantic reading and is my first outing with this author. I was highly anticipating that I would enjoy the writing style but unfortunately, for my personal taste, it was lacking the power in the prose to engage my attention or convincingly draw me into the story. I found myself disengaged from the characters and felt some elements were a little too convenient, perhaps a touch contrived rather than organically drawn from the narrative and sadly this affected my overall enjoyment of the piece. 'A Bird in the Hand,' is the stand out story for me and engaged my attention more than the others, however even this had a slight abrupt ending. I confess that I stopped reading after the seventh story, I may go back to the remaining romances when I need a romantic short over a lunch hour but at this stage I was finding the shorts to be of a similar ilk and not really working for my reading tastes. NOTE: My rating is based on reading the first 7 of 11 short stories. Advance copy provided, via NetGalley, for my honest review thoughts*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition

    I don't usually like short stories, but this collection was very enjoyable. It was satisfying to read the stories during my commute to work. The book ended appropriately with a short Christmas story. Total chick lit, but good!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Toyni Erica - Queenoftales

    Easy, fun read.. Makes me want to drop everything and go to Paris!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten #NeverAgainIsNow

    This is my first book by this author. This book starts with the novella Paris for One - I think of it as a novella as most short stories don't have chapters. I really liked Paris for One. The writing is so open and engaging that I read this novella of 100+ pages in one sitting. Great female characters and not all the men were worthless. Very enjoyable. The other stories in the collection are darling. Some remind me of stories by O. Henry. The women are very real. The stories are lighthearted with This is my first book by this author. This book starts with the novella Paris for One - I think of it as a novella as most short stories don't have chapters. I really liked Paris for One. The writing is so open and engaging that I read this novella of 100+ pages in one sitting. Great female characters and not all the men were worthless. Very enjoyable. The other stories in the collection are darling. Some remind me of stories by O. Henry. The women are very real. The stories are lighthearted with an edge of steel to them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    This was my first encounter with JoJo Moyes writing and I have to confess that I was somewhat reluctant after reading all the angsty and teary-eyed reviews of Me Before You. I'm a chicken about really heartwrenching stories so I held back. But then I spotted this short story collection and thought it might be safe enough. Well, I made a good call I think, but not because Paris For One was devoid of angst. No, this was a fantastic collection that gave me an idea of the writing gift the author dis This was my first encounter with JoJo Moyes writing and I have to confess that I was somewhat reluctant after reading all the angsty and teary-eyed reviews of Me Before You. I'm a chicken about really heartwrenching stories so I held back. But then I spotted this short story collection and thought it might be safe enough. Well, I made a good call I think, but not because Paris For One was devoid of angst. No, this was a fantastic collection that gave me an idea of the writing gift the author displays, her talent for going deep in an economy of pages, and gave me so many lovely story gems all in one volume. I might just be brave (read greedy for more, there) enough to pick up more of her books. So... Paris For One and Other Stories. There were nine stories total including Paris For One which is a novella and the others as short stories. Each showed a different facet of love and life all from each heroine's perspective only: a young woman ditched by her boyfriend to do Paris alone, rekindling the romance for a middle-aged couple, a new chance at the road not taken (aka former lover vs husband), a woman finding her mojo when she finds some killer shoes, shop girl flirts with robber during hold up, finding contentment in a material world, an infidelity accusation backfires, a two-week pretend life for a bored woman, and a woman who sees her life clearly while on a hunt to fulfill her Christmas list. They were all good in their own ways and I could see the appeal hitting me differently if I read these in different moods because they hit all facets of womens' lives and feelings. I enjoyed the most, Paris For One as a girl who never took a step without making a list learns to take chances now and then and finds her confidence, but also thought Hold Up was a hoot, Crocodile Shoes made me root hard for the heroine and Last Year's Coat resonated with me the most, I think, because this woman struggled hard with every day issues. And, I think that was the appeal of each story. All these gals were every day women that I recognized in myself or others I know. They were familiar, but yet they had new experiences. This book brought out my emotions, but also left me musing afterward. All in all, I was well satisfied with this collection of shorts and definitely want to try her novel-length books. These are definitely for those who enjoy women's fiction and chic lit. My thanks to Penguin-Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange of an honest opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angie Elle

    ARC from the publisher. 3.5 stars If I was rating this book just on the short story Paris for One, it would easily be four stars. While I really enjoyed Nell’s story, I did find the synopsis to be a bit misleading. Nell doesn’t take the plunge and go on her mini-vacation alone. She heads to Paris assuming her boyfriend will be arriving shortly thereafter. He doesn’t show up, and through a series of events, she finds herself staying in Paris (as the title suggests,) alone. I found it really easy to ARC from the publisher. 3.5 stars If I was rating this book just on the short story Paris for One, it would easily be four stars. While I really enjoyed Nell’s story, I did find the synopsis to be a bit misleading. Nell doesn’t take the plunge and go on her mini-vacation alone. She heads to Paris assuming her boyfriend will be arriving shortly thereafter. He doesn’t show up, and through a series of events, she finds herself staying in Paris (as the title suggests,) alone. I found it really easy to identify with Nell’s character and the kind of insecurities that seem to plague a lot of us. I think my favorite part of the story (aside from the super sweet romance,) was how when we get out of our own way and away from everything familiar and actually take a chance, we can surprise ourselves. And when we can learn to see ourselves through someone else’s eyes, we can discover something new about ourselves. It seems like we’re so quick to step into the molds that we’ve made for ourselves and cater to those around us and only able to break them around complete strangers. I thought this book did a fantastic job representing that. As for the other short stories in the book, I read another review that said it was almost as if the author was trying to sharpen her skills with a few quickies, and I would have to say I agree with that. Obviously nothing was fleshed out because these stories were so small, but in a lot of cases, the snippets we saw of these people’s lives were them at their worst, and it made it hard to enjoy them. I will say that there were some gems here, and there were one or two that were written in a way that was so raw it was reminiscent of Cara McKenna’s writing – and considering how much I love Cara McKenna, that’s some high praise! Overall I thought Paris for One was an enjoyable read, and while I could take or leave the rest, I don’t feel like it was time wasted. It was a decent way to while away an afternoon. This review was originally posted on Books & Beauty Are My Bag.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Coryanne Hicks

    This is the sign of authorial success: Being allowed to publish a bunch of stories you wrote during puberty and having it sell well. Under-edited and under-whelming, Paris for One & Other Stories definitely strikes me as the sort of slap-dash work authors often get away with publishing after becoming a success. The sort of stories that make you wonder if they were written B.S. (Before Success) or A.T.W.D (After the Wells Ran Dry). Either way, the definitely feel like a collection published so This is the sign of authorial success: Being allowed to publish a bunch of stories you wrote during puberty and having it sell well. Under-edited and under-whelming, Paris for One & Other Stories definitely strikes me as the sort of slap-dash work authors often get away with publishing after becoming a success. The sort of stories that make you wonder if they were written B.S. (Before Success) or A.T.W.D (After the Wells Ran Dry). Either way, the definitely feel like a collection published solely out of a need to put something new on the shelves. A "between times" book to fill the space between big hits. While there's not a lot of creativity in any of these stories and none of Jojo Moyes brilliant signature characters, if you already love Jojo Moyes, this book won't change your mind about her. If you've never read Jojo Moyes before, DON'T READ THIS BOOK FIRST. The main story, Paris for One, reminds me of a B chick flick. It pulls out all the usual stops: a woman afraid of excitement who finds herself alone in a strange city, a waiter/aspiring writer who is afraid to dream, an oblivious and selfish ex-boyfriend, Paris at night... Nothing in it will make you see things in a new way or surprise you, but if you're look for a very quick, reliably romantic read, it'll do the trick. Of the "Other Stories," the only one that held any twist and made me laugh was Between Tweets. The rest are pretty much shorter versions of the same caliber writing as Paris for One. My recommendation: Read it for something to read (i.e. to pass the hours), but don't read it looking for anything special. I definitely won't be reading it again. Now Me Before You, on the other hand... that's one to come back to.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Judy Collins

    A special thank you Penguin/Viking and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. JoJo Moyes returns following After You (Me Before You, #2) with a romantic and entertaining novella PARIS FOR ONE AND OTHER STORIES. A Parisian Holiday Delight! Nell is excited while waiting to take the train to highly-anticipated Paris when texting her boyfriend. He is not going to make it! He will meet up with her later (possibly). Shocked and angry, this was supposed to be a romantic getaway and h A special thank you Penguin/Viking and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. JoJo Moyes returns following After You (Me Before You, #2) with a romantic and entertaining novella PARIS FOR ONE AND OTHER STORIES. A Parisian Holiday Delight! Nell is excited while waiting to take the train to highly-anticipated Paris when texting her boyfriend. He is not going to make it! He will meet up with her later (possibly). Shocked and angry, this was supposed to be a romantic getaway and her first visit to enchanting Paris. At age twenty-six, Nell Simmons has never even been away for a weekend with a boyfriend, much less a trip by herself. Solo. When arriving at the hotel, they have overbooked the rooms. She decides she will let nothing interfere with her trip. Until she realizes her boyfriend is not coming, and she is stuck rooming with another woman she does not know. A rude American woman, at that. The Frenchwoman at the reception desk is of little help. One room, twin beds, or a refund. Things are not starting out too well. So much for the new underwear and the painted toenails. She has been stood up! If she had, to be honest, he was an unreliable boyfriend, period. She could go back to England; however, she is unlikely to get a train this late. She will return the following day. However, she decides to go out for a bite to eat. She is trying to live in the moment. She usually plays it safe. No risk taking. Upon returning to the hotel, the two women find they are not their ideal choice, of sleeping companions; fighting in a small space. However, the following day things change. The new ticket will cost too much to return home. She will have to look at all the happy couples. Now she hates Paris. Until she discovers two tickets to an art gallery show by an artist she has vaguely heard of. They must have belonged to the American woman, whom she has found out has left. (her luck may be changing). The front desk says she should go. Maybe she will. After a little shopping to be more “Tres chic” Parisian, and she is ready to go out with a Frenchman she picked up at an art gallery. With some chances and a witty list of “reasons to stay in tonight,” Paris turns out to be more than delightful! For the first time, she, Nell the careful girl from England is whomever she chooses to be. From mistakes, being impulsive, to chance encounters. A magical Christmas novella of a girl who finds herself alone in Paris, but not for long! Along with other women in the following stories with unsatisfying relationships- find themselves trying out new identities, and different situations with a twist. Some light-hearted fun and adventure from the “queen” of drama, in one short novella packed in the adorable holiday collection: • Paris for One and other Stores: • Between the Tweets • Love in the Afternoon • A Bird in the Hand • Crocodile Shoes • Holdups • Last Year’s Coat • Thirteen Days with John C • The Christmas List With Moyes’ own signature style- always lots of wit, mischief, charm, and holiday cheer. JDCMustReadBooks

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    When it comes to romance, there are few better than Jojo Moyes. Her stories are always so full of emotion and heart. Over the years I have read quite a few of her novels and each novel is unique and I always have a hard time putting them down. The main characters are always interesting, well drawn women and the romance elements are tenderhearted and emotionally charged. I don’t read a lot of short stories or collections of stories as I prefer a fully developed novel where I can focus on one charac When it comes to romance, there are few better than Jojo Moyes. Her stories are always so full of emotion and heart. Over the years I have read quite a few of her novels and each novel is unique and I always have a hard time putting them down. The main characters are always interesting, well drawn women and the romance elements are tenderhearted and emotionally charged. I don’t read a lot of short stories or collections of stories as I prefer a fully developed novel where I can focus on one character but because Moyes novels are always so enjoyable, I thought I would give this one a go. Initially I didn’t know that this was a collection of stories because the first story, Paris for One, was actually more of a novella in length while the others were more like short stories. Each of the women in the stories were memorable, interesting, and unique. I especially liked that one of the stories had a Christmas theme to it…..this time of year I love Christmas romances so I really enjoyed that one. While I enjoyed Paris for One as the title story and The Christmas List for the whole holiday piece, I actually really loved Love in the Afternoon for the short stories. Love in the Afternoon is about a woman’s husband who surprises her with a getaway vacation but it can’t conjure up a bygone romance. This story was so realistic and heartbreaking but yet the ending worked really well and still left me feeling satisfied. I think this one really hit home to me in some ways because it was so real. I think I could relate to the story and I just loved how it was so honest and authentic. While Paris for One is more of a traditional romance, the other stories are about women experiencing dissatisfaction in their marriage and/or career, after the initial shine has worn off and kids and finances have complicated the picture, life happens and their stories are so realistic and powerful that I think any woman could relate in some way. Paris for One was more of an idealistic romance while the others just seemed more real. This is probably why I enjoyed the short stories more than the title novella I think. While Moyes is a talented storyteller and her delicate touch with her stories is ever present, it’s the realness of the women…..flawed, a little frumpy, and life-worn…..that really make this story pop for me as a woman reader. That said, I kind of wish these were each separate novels. There were times that I felt like the characters and the stories needed to be more room to develop. While I was satisfied in general with most of the stories, I felt like I could have gotten so much more out of a full length novel! On the whole the collection was a wonderful read and I loved the witty romances and realistic characters. If you are looking for a character driven novel filled with heart and romance than this is the collection for you! See my full review here

  18. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Mann

    Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes - 2 stars. Let me start by saying I ADORE Jojo Moyes and this is the main reason I requested this ARC when I am not a fan of short stories. If anyone could whisk me away into another world with few words it would be Moyes, unfortunately even she could not make this happen. Some of the short stories I didn't understand and others left me feeling "bleugh" or were very bland. Only one managed to capture my attention and draw me to the characters and tha Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes - 2 stars. Let me start by saying I ADORE Jojo Moyes and this is the main reason I requested this ARC when I am not a fan of short stories. If anyone could whisk me away into another world with few words it would be Moyes, unfortunately even she could not make this happen. Some of the short stories I didn't understand and others left me feeling "bleugh" or were very bland. Only one managed to capture my attention and draw me to the characters and that was 'Paris for one', however, even then it was like reading an excerpt for a book. It didn't feel like a completed story. I wanted more! If it was a full length book it could of been wonderful. So I have learned, short stories are not for me regardless of the author and I would recommend sticking to completed novels if others feel the same. Thanks to Netgalley for a free ARC in return for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    What an amazing book. It's the first collection of short stories that I've loved every story. Jojo Moyes outdoes herself with this novella and and 8 short stories. The novella, Paris for One is great, about a young woman discovering she can be responsible for her own happiness and doesn't need to kowtow to a boyfriend who thinks only of himself. All the others are quick reads that are all about being happy. Great read and will be a perfect stocking stuffer since it's due out mid-October.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    Read for the June BOTM , for the "Chick Lit Book Club" here at Goodreads. I loved "Paris for One", but found the other short stories disappointing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    Thank you to Netgalley, Penguin uk, Michael Joseph and Jojo Moyes for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book. You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On Goodreads from today under Karen Whittard and on Amazon under k.e.whittard from publication date. Paris for one and other stories is a collection of short stories by Jojo Moyes. I think this is a great collection of stories and come out just in time for a go Thank you to Netgalley, Penguin uk, Michael Joseph and Jojo Moyes for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book. You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On Goodreads from today under Karen Whittard and on Amazon under k.e.whittard from publication date. Paris for one and other stories is a collection of short stories by Jojo Moyes. I think this is a great collection of stories and come out just in time for a good Valentine's read. I think people who like romance stories will like this collection. Paris for one Is the first book in this collection and takes up most of the book. This is one for great descriptions of Paris and for a great heroine. Real feeling of girl power runs throughout this book. Nell and her boyfriend are off for a romantic break to Paris to spend some quality time together. Or they should be, that is until Pete turns out to be a bit of a dick and leaves her stranded. But instead of sitting and crying about it. Nell goes and experiences the city on her own. Having a wonderful adventure instead. Between the tweets. Is a really good one. It is full of mystery. With some great twists and a surprising ending. It is all about a PR event that goes horrifically wrong. This sure packs a mighty punch for a short story. Love in the afternoon A husband and wives relationship seems to have lost the spark it used to have when they were younger. So the husband decides to surprise his wife with a trip away. But the vacation doesn't do quite what he hoped. But I simply loved the ending. This is a lovely story that tells us all to not take the things that our partners do for granted. And to be thankful everyday that you have each other. A bird in the hand. What's that saying. Oh yeah. The grass is always greener on the other side. Except for the fact that it really isn't. A married woman meets her past secret lover at a party and they both realise that they have feelings for each other still and they also have regrets. I really didn't like this one. Crocodile shoes. A weary mother and wife who is taken for granted. Buys a pair of shoes that transforms her life over night. This really is one that shows you to be thankful every day for the wonderful people that we have in our lives and to be happy with the wonderful things that we have been given. This is a really good one. One of my favourites. Holdups While a jewellery store is being robbed. One of the women who work there has an encounter with one of the robbers. This is one of the rare dark ones in this book. Which sees us seeing a different side to Jojo then we have seen before. Last years coat When a woman sees an expensive coat that she wants. But cannot have because they are struggling to mane ends meet. This one has a very lovely ending. But it was a little confusing to me as I read this a few times trying to find out what is actually going on. But still not quite sure what this one is about. Thirteen days with John c Not one of my favourites for this book. This is the story of a neglected married woman who finds a neglected mobile phone and starts a sexting relationship with a random stranger at the end of the phone. The last book in this collection is called The Christmas List. It is the story of a cold and dissipationate woman who is married. Who is given a Christmas list by her husband of things to get his mother. But she is struggling to get all the things on the list. However a chance cab ride makes the woman see things in a different light. This is the story that reminds you to make every single day of your life count. Also it reminds you to not take the ones you love for granted. It is a very special story that made me cry. These are a very sweet collection of stories. That had some really sweet morals from it. Like not taking the people that you love for granted, to spend time with the ones you love, to make every day count, to do the things that make you happy and to go for your goals and be a strong independent woman. I really enjoyed this collection and with Jojo Moyes books they always make you think. Happy reading everyone

  22. 4 out of 5

    ~☆~Autumn♥♥

    This is the best book I have read this year. In addition to the first story being excellent there are three shorter stories which were delightful and fascinating to me. They are: Holdup!, Crocodile Shoes and the last one about Christmas was just wonderful. I will never forget it. The cabbie was an angel to this poor long suffering woman. I think almost everyone would enjoy these stories. I hope to buy a copy of this and read it again next fall.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Short, romantic, enjoyable, quick read. Thumbs up yet again to Moyes!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    This ARC was sent to me by Penguin UK via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to both publisher/netgalley for sending me this :) Usually I leave my DNF without star ratings, since I feel like because I haven't read it all I shouldn't be marking it. But I feel strongly with this one and my low rating at this moment in time. I am in no way closing my mind to this book, I might come back to it later, but right now. . . no. I don't think short stories are for me. I feel like within this This ARC was sent to me by Penguin UK via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to both publisher/netgalley for sending me this :) Usually I leave my DNF without star ratings, since I feel like because I haven't read it all I shouldn't be marking it. But I feel strongly with this one and my low rating at this moment in time. I am in no way closing my mind to this book, I might come back to it later, but right now. . . no. I don't think short stories are for me. I feel like within this collection the stories weren't fleshed out enough, they all began to blur together and feel the same, and I never really noticed a difference in the characters. Overall, I found the stories I did read to mostly be boring. It could be down to that this isn't my usual genre (and when I do read it, I'm quite selective and picky about what works) and that the situations these characters were in are things that I myself do not relate to. Example, several of this were about married couples which I am not, so I found it hard to connect/empathise with that. Maybe I was just in a sour mood trying to read this, who knows, but right now I know this isn't for me. Maybe one day!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dayle (the literary llama)

    I thought Paris For One was a cute read! And all the other shorter stories were great explorations. I enjoy it when an author gets to explore ideas that maybe aren't enough for an entire book but are still interesting ideas worth writing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Mann

    Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes - 2 stars. Let me start by saying I ADORE Jojo Moyes and this is the main reason I requested this ARC when I am not a fan of short stories. If anyone could whisk me away into another world with few words it would be Moyes, unfortunately even she could not make this happen. Some of the short stories I didn't understand and others left me feeling "bleugh" or were very bland. Only one managed to capture my attention and draw me to the characters and tha Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes - 2 stars. Let me start by saying I ADORE Jojo Moyes and this is the main reason I requested this ARC when I am not a fan of short stories. If anyone could whisk me away into another world with few words it would be Moyes, unfortunately even she could not make this happen. Some of the short stories I didn't understand and others left me feeling "bleugh" or were very bland. Only one managed to capture my attention and draw me to the characters and that was 'Paris for one', however, even then it was like reading an excerpt for a book. It didn't feel like a completed story. I wanted more! If it was a full length book it could of been wonderful. So I have learned, short stories are not for me regardless of the author and I would recommend sticking to completed novels if others feel the same. Thanks to Netgalley for a free ARC in return for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    This is a collection of 8 short stories and one novella (the novella is also published separately). I liked some better than others, and perhaps my favourite twist in one of them is, well I can't really say since I'd hate to spoil the surprise, since they don't all necessarily have twists. I like these overall, but am not a huge fan of short stories (not since I was in my early twenties). The writing is fine, not too terribly predictable. In the novella, however, I find the character development This is a collection of 8 short stories and one novella (the novella is also published separately). I liked some better than others, and perhaps my favourite twist in one of them is, well I can't really say since I'd hate to spoil the surprise, since they don't all necessarily have twists. I like these overall, but am not a huge fan of short stories (not since I was in my early twenties). The writing is fine, not too terribly predictable. In the novella, however, I find the character development a mixed bag, with some better done than others. In short stories I really don't expect as much. None of this is heavy reading, and might make good beach reading if reading on the beach is your cup of tea.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jasprit

    I’m typically not a short stories sort of reader, but when I heard about Paris for One and other stories by Jojo Moyes I knew I had to read it, Moyes just has a way of getting under your skin with her writing, so I couldn’t wait to dive right in. With this book featuring quite a few stories I thought with my review I would focus on a few of my favourites. Between the Tweets This story was totally unexpected; we have a well known actor who has come under intense scrutiny when a random lady pops out I’m typically not a short stories sort of reader, but when I heard about Paris for One and other stories by Jojo Moyes I knew I had to read it, Moyes just has a way of getting under your skin with her writing, so I couldn’t wait to dive right in. With this book featuring quite a few stories I thought with my review I would focus on a few of my favourites. Between the Tweets This story was totally unexpected; we have a well known actor who has come under intense scrutiny when a random lady pops out of nowhere accusing him of having an affair. Declan has a wife and kids, so is taken aback by these accusations, he gets somebody to look into who this lady could be especially as she claims to know details about him that only someone who has been intimate with can know about. I was all for discovering who this person could be and to be honest I was fully on Declan’s side, but the two big blows towards the end of the story completely took me by surprise. In the end I was left slightly gobsmacked, but also with a smile on my face with the way things ended up. A Bird in the Hand This story I really ended up enjoying, it was about two people who ended up finding a connection whilst working together. They’d tried to keep their relationship under wraps, more so because Beth was married. We’re not fully told the back story of Beth and Ben’s relationship, so I sort of appreciated the way that we’re given their story with their chance meeting at an event. Both are there with their respective partners, and the way they’re forced to interact with one another and reminisce of what could have been because of miscommunication was done beautifully. I’m not going to say how this short story ended, but although it wasn’t how I would have wanted it to, I was still left happy with it. Also this story really left me wanting a full story from these characters. Holdups This story was an absolute delight to read. Alice finds herself caught up in a break-in at her place of work at the jewellers. Instead of being scared by the big guy looming over her, she finds herself connecting with the guy with the strange accent and tights on his head. This interaction between Alice and her captor was totally bizarre, but done really well! It was clear that this guy really didn’t want to be in this situation at all, Alice was so easily able to take so much information from him in a short amount of time and would a criminal really allow his hostage destroy a painting they didn’t like? Despite this story being kind of farfetched, I really liked it, Alice was such a funny character and the way things ended up I absolutely loved as I totally didn’t expect it at all! Honeymoon in Paris I was totally confused at when first reading this, as I thought the story of David and Liv had come to an abrupt end and we’d be thrown into the world of another couple straight away. To be honest I was kind of annoyed, as I needed to know what was happening with David and Liv; they were on their honeymoon and David’s work was clearly taking a priority over his honeymoon, I understood that it was a big deal for him, but you only went on your honeymoon once, so I totally felt for Liv. And then when we were just in the middle of their story we’re introduced to Edouard and Sophie, yes their story and what was going on with their lives were interesting enough but I wanted to go back to David and Liv, I needed to know what was going to happen to them, would David finally put his love for Liv before his love of work? But seriously it was kind of neat the way Moyes mingled these characters stories together, although at the beginning it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, it was cleverly done. So much so that this book ended up being my absolute favourite from all of the stories!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    The first and longest story in this book is about mousy and predictable Nell who think she is about to embark on a romantic trip to Paris with her boyfriend who cancels at the last second. Since the room is booked and the tickets paid Nell does the first impulsive thing in her life and she goes on the trip with out him. It is as life changing and romantic as you would imagine a trip to the City of Light would be. The others stories in the book generally involve middle aged women in long term rel The first and longest story in this book is about mousy and predictable Nell who think she is about to embark on a romantic trip to Paris with her boyfriend who cancels at the last second. Since the room is booked and the tickets paid Nell does the first impulsive thing in her life and she goes on the trip with out him. It is as life changing and romantic as you would imagine a trip to the City of Light would be. The others stories in the book generally involve middle aged women in long term relationships that have grown stale. The relationships get a second wind by seemingly random things happening like wearing Louboutin shoes, bumping into an ex lover, or finding another woman's cell phone. Jojo Moyes perfectly captures how people in long term relationships can take each other for granted if they aren't careful.The last story differs from the others when a chance encounter with a taxi driver gives a frazzled woman the push she needs to finally let go. I have adored Jojo Moyes ever since Me Before You. Every book of hers that I have read since then just makes me love her writing even more and this was no exception. Anyone who is in a relationship will find so many things relatable moments in these stories. So take a trip to Paris for one, you won't be sorry you went.

  30. 4 out of 5

    martin eden

    This book is a collection of short stories about wife-husband relationship, they are like slices of lives, taking women's point of view. My favorite one is probably Honeymoon in Paris, it's really moving. I was quite disturbed by these two stories which seemed completely different at the beginning, but which were of course linked and bound very poetically. I also liked Last Year's Coat and Paris for One. Crocodile Shoes, Holdups, The Christmas List and Thirteen Days with John C were really intere This book is a collection of short stories about wife-husband relationship, they are like slices of lives, taking women's point of view. My favorite one is probably Honeymoon in Paris, it's really moving. I was quite disturbed by these two stories which seemed completely different at the beginning, but which were of course linked and bound very poetically. I also liked Last Year's Coat and Paris for One. Crocodile Shoes, Holdups, The Christmas List and Thirteen Days with John C were really interesting with that twist that I really love in short stories. I didn't like the others, no real suprise, too predictable, no emotion.

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