Saturday, August 25, 2012

{Review} Chasing Paris by Jen Carter

ISBN #: 978-1478258537
Page Count: 268
Copyright: July 16, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace

(Taken from back cover)

Amy Winthrow is shocked when her grandmother dies - not because Elizabeth Hathaway's death is unexpected but because her existence had always been hidden. Ever-inquisitive and prone to letting her imagination get the best of her, Amy embarks upon a journey with an unlikely friend to unravel the mysteries of the elusive Lizzie Hathaway.

As she follows the trail of broken dreams and promises of her grandmother's life, Amy finds herself on a path of accidental self-discovery - a path that she chases all the way to Paris where Lizzie's story ends and Amy's begins.

Charlene's Review:

When Amy receives a letter in the mail from a grandmother she never knew, her life as she knows it is turned upside down. Her family asks her to forget it, get her inheritance and let it go, but Amy can't seem to get the mystery of this never-spoken-of grandmother out of her mind.

Meanwhile, Amy misplaces a treasured book that is found by a complete stranger. This stranger, Will, begins a search to return the book to the poetic girl that lost it. In doing so, he soon becomes a major player in the quest that Amy sets out upon to find out the details behind her family's secrets.

With nods to classic literature, Chasing Paris pulled me from cover to cover without effort. Amy, a disillusioned dreamer, finds new passion in tracking down the secrets of her newly found, and lost, grandmother. This is an amazing adventure, with romance and emotionally appealing characters. The family and their emotional investment in keeping the past hidden especially enriched the plot, as the reader can see the raw emotion of the ones involved and how their pain changed their lives, and of those to come. Highly recommend this heartfelt tale.

*A physical copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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