From Paris with Love this Christmas by Jules Wake – Review
Christmas is such a magical time of the year, unless you dislike it of course, then there is nothing more annoying than shops shoving Christmas decorations in your face in September and Christmas music ringing through shop speakers in November. Okay, even I – who loves Christmas – gets somewhat irked by the consumer bullying of the season, but that aside, Christmas is theoretically magical and dreamlike. I want to believe in Santa, I really do! This Christmas I believe in Jules Wake.
Having finished The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George I needed something to read to put my faith back in a seriously good book. When I chose From Paris with Love this Christmas by Jules Wake, to be honest, I didn’t hold great expectations and I didn’t expect it to be a ‘seriously good book’, it was only £1.99 on the Kindle and it had Paris and Christmas in the title. I knew, however, that this was likely to be classed as ‘women’s contemporary fiction’ or ‘chic lit’ which are genres I’ve not read for around a decade. So I was skeptical to say the least.
It took me four days to read! Seriously, with a four-year-old, a husband, a business and a part-time job, four days to read a book is pretty darn good. I couldn’t put it down.
Jules Wake maintains a good pace throughout the novel. There was no part that I felt didn’t fit, with each scene having reason and constantly developing both the characters and stories. The story is written from the limited point of view of two characters, Siena (the female protagonist) and Jason (the male protagonist) which is quite refreshing in terms of my recent reading list. There is class division, family drama, a bit of adventure, ambition, domestic abuse and general familiarity.
Jules Wake is very good at pretty much all parts of narrative, allowing you to get a sense of all the characters, primary and secondary, individually. She allows you to sympathise when needs be, and even left a little bit of mystery – which I haven’t decided yet whether I’m happy about or not, though this mystery surrounds two of the secondary characters rather than Siena and/or Jason. However, I could never really get clear in my mind what Jason looked like as Wake seemed to be fixated on his bottom lip when with all the will in the world I just could not envisage at all and I have one hell of an imagination.
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