☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
From Marc Levy, the most-read French author alive today, comes a modern-day love story between a famous actress hiding in Paris and a bestselling writer lying to himself. They knew their friendship was going to be complicated, but love—and the City of Lights—just might find a way.
On the big screen, Mia plays a woman in love. But in real life, she’s an actress in need of a break from her real-life philandering husband—the megastar who plays her romantic interest in the movies. So she heads across the English Channel to hide in Paris behind a new haircut, fake eyeglasses, and a waitressing job at her best friend’s restaurant.
Paul is an American author hoping to recapture the fame of his first novel. When his best friend surreptitiously sets him up with Mia through a dating website, Paul and Mia’s relationship status is “complicated.”
Even though everything about Paris seems to be nudging them together, the two lonely ex-pats resist, concocting increasingly far-fetched strategies to stay “just friends.” A feat easier said than done, as fate has other plans in store. Is true love waiting for them in a postscript?
What better setting for a romance than Paris! In Marc Levy’s P.S. From Paris friendship and love bloom. With the aid of friends, the main characters, Paul and Mia, meet, flirt until they’re friends, and eventually fall in love.
Paul is an expatriate from the U.S.A., and Mia is an English actress on the run from her philandering husband. The misdirection and miscommunication that is their first meeting is humorous, and it is acrimonious enough that you’re sure they will never see each other again. However, fate brings them together again and again. As the story progresses, the author provides generous detail about Paul’s circumstances and Mia’s predicament. While some of the plot points felt contrived, it does allow for Mia and Paul to learn to take risks/leaps of faith.
Paul is an endearing character. His fear of flying and avoidance of publicity is quirky and charming. His Italian editor, Cristoneli, is hilarious; his butchering of the English language made me laugh aloud. Mia is adorable and empathetic. Her best friend, Daisy, brings balance to Mia’s chaos. Daisy is a superb character! I loved how all these characters meld together.
This charming, utterly romantic story is near perfect. The one thing that detracted from that perfection was the twist in Paul’s tale at the end because it felt like a preachy political message from a celebrity. The twist however, did give Paul a reason to get out of his head, get over his infatuation, and get on with his life. Overall, P.S. From Paris is a lovely, quick-paced romance.
The audiobook is fabulously narrated by: Tim Campbell
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