paris is always a good idea book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Paris Is Always a Good Idea centers on Rosalie–she owns a postcard shop called Luna Luna and sells postcards for the masses in Paris. Her wishing cards are a big seller, and she uses them to float her own wishes off the Eiffel Tower each year on her birthday. Her wish is to meet the man of her dreams who will one day take her to Le Jules Verne – a restaurant on top of the Eiffel Tower- and ask her to marry him.

Rosalie’s mother, Catherine, has always been slightly disappointed in Rosalie’s life choices, including her love of the graphic arts. Her sister Paulette, however, has always supported her passions. René is her boyfriend and they are somewhat incompatible–it will be no surprise if they break up in the end.

The story sort of starts when Rosalie meets Max, who is a famous children’s book author and who grumpily comes into her store, later hurting his back while there. Max asked Rosalie to use her graphic arts skills to illustrate his new children’s book, which is quite the exciting endeavor. Rosalie also later meets Robert, who is new to Paris, and who is an attorney from the States ready to clear his head after the death of his parents. They become acquainted after a freak accident outside of Luna Luna, and at first they don’t get along. Although Rosalie is pleasant, Robert’s bitterness keeps the encounter as a negative experience in his mind. The two finally come together when there is some confusion regarding a possible plagiarized story and they have to cooperate with each other to solve a literary mystery. They are also caught in the middle of solving another more important and life-changing mystery, which makes the whole story worth reading.

Paris Is Always a Good Idea is well written but there’s nothing in particular that makes it stand out. It’s a decent and easy read, with a few twists thrown in, but the characters are predictable and descriptions of the scenery somewhat lackluster.

This book is geared towards adults but work for teenagers as well.

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Macmillan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.