Every girl dreams of hearing those four magical words Will you marry me? But no-one tells you what’s supposed to happen next…
Fun-loving Gemma Goodwin knows she should be revelling in her happy-ever-after. Except when her boyfriend Lord Edward popped the question, after a whirlwind romance, although she didn’t say no….she didn’t exactly say yes either!
A month-long cookery course in Paris could be just the place to make sure her heart and her head are on the same page… And however disenchanted with romance Gemma is feeling, the City of Love has plenty to keep her busy; the champagne is decadently quaffable, the croissants almost too delicious, and shopping is a national past-time! In fact, everything in Paris makes her want to say Je t’aime… Except Edward!
But whilst Paris might offer plenty of distractions from wedding planning – including her new friends, mysterious Joe and hot French rockstar Blade - there’s no reason she couldn’t just try one or two couture dresses is there? Just for fun…
Two halves of the same shell
Recently I was walking along a beautiful, sandy beach and kept seeing open pairs of empty razor clam shells, the two halves still attached. It got me thinking how many human couples are part of the same whole too, even though they are individually quite different.
For example, later this year, my husband and I are going on a family trip to Japan. For months now I have been fretting about all the negatives. How the long aeroplane journey will aggravate my bad back – as will the thin Japanese beds on the floor. Plus I’m a pizza and pie kind of girl – how on earth am I ever going to find anything to eat?!
Whereas my other half could sleep standing up. He’ll eat anything, cooked or raw. Plus he doesn’t worry about things in advance – he’s a ‘live in the moment’ kind of guy – and despairs of my ability to find the potentially disastrous loopholes in any best laid plans!
Yet together my anxiousness and his laid back nature compliment each other perfectly. A bit like the qualities of Gemma and Lord Edward in From Paris with Love. Whilst this book is a standalone sequel, those of you who’ve read the first one, Doubting Abbey, will have seen how this theme relates to the two main characters. Gemma is flighty, spontaneous and good-natured. Whereas at the beginning Edward is uptight, lives life to a schedule and could beat Grumpy Cat in a competition to take the most down-in-mouth photo! Yet these opposites do attract and as a result Gemma and Edward learn to view the world in a slightly different way. This journey of change continues during their trip to Paris. Gemma has matured after dating a responsible aristocrat for a few months, whereas after his stuffy upbringing, Edward is finally learning how to have fun.
And there is certainly scope for fun in From Paris with Love, thanks to the French capital’s gastronomic delights and wonderful places to visit. Plus a mystery man called Joe Bloggs (yes really!) and hot rockstar Blade, both complicate life for the couple. Will Gemma and Edward still be two halves of the same whole by the end of the story…?
And by the way, I am really looking forward to my Japan trip. Honest. As long as I can have a double futon to sleep on and there is a McDonalds next to the sushi bar!
Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family, and two cats who think they are dogs. When not writing, she spends her days cycling and willing cakes to rise. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, came out in November 2013.
Doubting abbey Blog: http://doubtingabbey.blogspot.co.uk/