Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Book Blog Tour Stop and Review: Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

'An epic, sweeping romance about soulmates and second chances' Holly Miller
'An absolutely unforgettable love story' Mandy Baggot
'A deeply moving, richly evocative story of love, loss and the power of hope' Miranda Dickinson
Finding the one is only the beginning... 
1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same. 
1963. In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. After dreaming about him for years, Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don't recognise each other – yet the way they feel is so familiar... 
Over the course of twenty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together? 
'It's about dreams and taking chances. Missed opportunities and mistakes. Loss and sacrifice. But above all, it is about love. The kind of love that survives time, distance... even death. The kind of love I wish for you.' 
A magical new love story about star-crossed lovers, perfect for hopeless romantics and fans of One Day and The Notebook
What readers are saying about Someday in Paris
'I absolutely adored this book and stayed up late at night to finish it!! I couldn't put it down. This was a truly epic love story' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
'Magical, all-encompassing and timeless; an unforgettable romance' NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
'Without question 5.0 Exquisite Stars!! There are not enough magical adjectives to describe the beauty of this story!! Someday in Paris moved me beyond words and to quite a few tears' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
'Some books leave you a print in your heart which make them difficult to forget ... Emotive, sweet and unforgettable ... The most beautiful book I've read in a while!' NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
'This is a book for hopeless romantics, for those who dare to dream, and for those who believe in true love everlasting ... I could not put it down' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
'This book left me speechless. I haven't read such an amazing story in a long time' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
'I absolutely loved this book ... The story kept me hanging on and reading late into the night' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Dreams and what do they mean? When Valerie tells her grandmother about her dream, it's an occasion the older lady has been patiently waiting for because she has a story to tell with an important message… to follow your dreams… to find love... 

Zara Ionesco and Leon Prince, two teenagers who meet in a museum in Colmar during a power cut on 9th December 1954. They spend an hour talking about there love of art, unaware of how the other looks but the connection they feel for each other is real. It's the beginning of a connection which spans decades, but not in the way you'd expect. Their story is both heart-warming and heartbreaking in equal measures as these young people follow their dreams and hearts.

The strength of the writing is in the anticipation as it builds, waiting to see if fate brings these two people together again and again. However, not everything in life is straightforward and in this case, people and unpredictable events try to thwart the unique connection they share. 

The author has written a fascinating story, one which hooked me from the beginning. The narrative fluctuated between the predictable and the unexpected; drama and tragedy but still contains moments which made me smile. The overwhelming emotion is hope… and love...!

Someday in Paris is a novel where you need to jump in feet first to fully appreciate it. I'm so glad I did and I recommend you do too! 

***review copy courtesy of the publisher Aria via NetGalley***

OLIVIA LARA was born and raised in Bucharest in a family of booklovers and storytellers. Since university she has worked as a journalist and marketer in Romania, France and the United States. She is currently a marketing executive in San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area with her husband, young daughter and four cats. Someday in Paris is her first novel.

Twitter @olilara_writes,
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Author website: olivia-lara.com