Love from Paris (Love Detective #2)
Rating on Love from Paris (Love Detective #2): Four Open Books
Hi Guys! I’m finally back. I apologize if I’ve been MIA since the start of the year. I had a crazy start this 2017, what with my two jobs and personal life, but I’m glad to have finally found a time to blog. Fortunately, I was able to read a book despite my busy schedule since the last quarter of 2016, so I’m finally down with my very first book review for 2017.
Since it’s already February, I thought I start with a romantic comedy book called Love from Paris by Alexandra Potter. I’m excited to give this review because I found plenty quotable quotes while reading the book, and I’m excited to share all of them to you. I think they’re perfect for the love month because most of them are all about ‘looooooove’ (written with emphasis, lol!)
You can find all the quotable quotes at the end of this review. They’re shareable on social media, so don’t hesitate to share your favorite ones. You’re welcome!
Now on to my review.
I lent this book from my brother last September, but it took a while for me to read it. What got my attention was the cover. I think it’s cute and very feminine, which just my thing. A first look at it and you can already tell that it’s a chick lit novel. I enjoy chick lit novels, especially books from Sophie Kinsella, so I thought I’d give this a try.
I’ve never read any books Alexandra Potter wrote, so this is my first taste of this witty author.
Love from Paris is about Ruby Miller’s adventure in Paris after her long-distance boyfriend stood her up in the airport. After the heart-breaking disappointment she experienced, she went on an unplanned trip to Paris, France to visit her friend Harriet. What was supposed to be just a visit to mend a broken heart turned out to be an eye-opener for Ruby, as her experiences helped her gain a better understanding of what love is and should be.
And that what makes the story interesting.
The Good Stuff
What I look about Love from Paris are its humor and the descriptive adventures of Ruby as she toured around Paris. I also liked the French men in the story, Luc and Xavier. I think character and personality are just what women want in a guy: romantic, successful, honest, respectful, and chivalrous. Sigh.
Another aspect that I enjoyed the book was the subplot. On second thought, I think that side story was what really got me interested. I thought it was really romantic. It had a bit of a mystery, and it really kept the pages turning. Heck, I even stayed up all night one evening just to get to the ending. Otherwise, I would stay all night wondering what happens next.
Furthermore, there were a lot of really great words of wisdom in the book. They were really well thought of and enlightening. I think if you read them, you’ll learn something and probably apply them in your personal life. There were even some fashion tips that I think will come in handy, especially if you need them. Haha!
Lastly, I like how Ruby’s character matured a little bit during her trip. Instead of turning into a lovesick puppy and drown in her own misery for having been stood up by her boyfriend, she chose to do something with her time. She chose to help someone despite the mission being scary and could land her in jail, which ultimately changed the life of someone.
The Bad Stuff
At this point, you’re probably wondering why I only gave this book a four-open-book rating when I raved about how I enjoyed the book earlier. Well, even though I enjoyed the book, it didn’t really warm up to me that well. I enjoyed it, but it’s not something that I would read over and over again.
As I thought about it, I think the main reason is that I didn’t connect with the main character, Ruby. I think she’s funny, but her character is something that I don’t have the patience to deal with if she’s a real person. Our personalities are polar opposites, and that explains why I can’t connect with her, even if she’s just a book character.
Another reason Love from Paris has a 4/5 rating is there were a few loopholes in the story that don’t make any sense. For instance, Ruby works as a writer at home, which, I can only assume, she has to rely heavily on internet connectivity. However, she was offline on the day of her boyfriend’s visit because of a poor wifi signal, so she wasn’t able to check her email? How does she work efficiently without stable internet? It really baffled me.
Also, you might be wondering why I haven’t mentioned Ruby’s boyfriend here. Well, I can only say that you’ll have to read the book and find out for yourself if he’s worth mentioning. Haha! In case you haven’t noticed, I’m team Xavier here. Lol!
Overall, Love from Paris is an enjoyable read, especially if you have nothing to do or you’re stuck in an airport for a delayed or missed flight. I’d still recommend the book because I thought it was funny and easy to read. Plus, even though it’s the second installment of the Love Detective series, it’s a standalone novel. I haven’t read the first book, but I felt I didn’t miss out on anything.
About the Author:
Alexandra Potter is an award-winning author who previously worked as a features writer and sub-eidtor for women’s glossies in both the UK and Australia. In 2007 she won the prize for Best New Fiction at the Jane Austen Regency World Awards for her bestselling novel, Me and Mr. Darcy. Her novels have been translated into seventeen langauges and You’re the One That I Don’t Want is being adapted into a film. She now lives between London and Los Angeles and writes full-time.
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Have you read Love from Paris? If so, what did you think about the book? Did you enjoy it?