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Estelle: Honeymoon in Paris by Jojo Moyes

Honeymoon in Paris by Jojo Moyes: a novella, prequel to The Girl You Left BehindHoneymoon in Paris by Jojo Moyes ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: August 16, 2013
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 75
Target audience: Adult
Keywords: Paris, marriage, honeymoon, past and present shift, art
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!)

Summary: Liv is on a honeymoon with her new husband in Paris, but he’s unable to breakaway from work and she spends a lot of time wondering if this marriage was a good idea. Newly married, a shopgirl and a painter go through intense up and downs as she questions his devotion to her.

Confession: Rachel from Hello Chelly bought me a beautiful copy of Me Before You for my birthday and I haven’t read it yet. It’s gorgeous red jacket is glaring at me from the bookcase as I type this. I will get to it, I swear. This is the truth after I read through this author’s novella, a prequel to her latest release, The Girl You Left Behind.

I wish novellas existed whenever you had apprehension about any book. In a few chapters, Moyes gives us a glimpse into the new marriages of two couples: one between a young 23-year old and her architect husband and the other between a young shopgirl and her artist husband in the 1900s.

Both girls are in the fabulous Paris (and I just finished reading a book set in London so now I am focused on having my own European adventure soon) and should be reveling in their new loves, but instead face some roadblocks. Liv’s husband seems adamant to work during their already short honeymoon to ensure a big deal doesn’t fall through. And in Sophie’s world, a little birdie plants the seed that her husband’s talent is dependent on him bedding his models.

It’s impressive to see so much emotion organically present in 78 short pages. Sophie’s despair about returning home if this doesn’t work out, Edouard’s surprising devotion, Liv’s fear that marriage will leave her lonely, and David’s apologetic ambition. “A Honeymoon in Paris” was a great introduction to Moyes’ work and I feel even more inclined to pluck Me Before You off my shelf and order her other latest from the library.

If you want to give some grown up reading a try, this is a great avenue to experience it before making a full commitment.

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September 27, 2013 - 9:32 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - AAAAHHHH WHAT THERE’S A PREQUEL?!?! OMG ESTELLE. Seriously, drop whatever you’re doing & read The Girl You Left Behind. ;D you can thank me later. Really though, it’s amazing and incredible and gave me ALL THE FEELS.

September 23, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Ellice Y - Oh my goodness, find me on Twitter after you read ME BEFORE YOU. I want to talk about this book! I finished reading it a couple of weeks ago– I can promise it will be one of those books that sticks with you for a long time!

September 23, 2013 - 9:03 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - One – you didn’t mention reading this! Two – I didn’t know there was prequel to The Girl You Left Behind (which I own but have yet to read). And three – YES READ ME BEFORE YOU. 🙂

September 23, 2013 - 7:55 am

Betty - Ha…. my beautiful red copy is sitting on my shelf glaring as well…. ugh!! I can’t believe I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’m actually more interested in the premise of The Girl You Left Behind!! Love that the novella is a prequel. I think I’ll check that out first to get a feel for whether or not the book would be a good fit. 🙂

September 22, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Eeeek! Well, I loved The Girl You Left Behind and so obviously I need to read this prequel! I’m so happy you loved it 🙂 Now, you’ve just got to read the full-length book that comes after it AND Me Before You!

September 21, 2013 - 10:25 pm

Bookworm1858 - I like the idea of checking out a novella before making the full commitment to an adult novel; it does seem like a really good idea to check if the author’s writing style clicks with you. Hope you enjoy Me Before You!

September 21, 2013 - 9:58 pm

VeganYANerds - Sounds good! I’d like to read more adult fic, I just never seem to get around to it 🙂

September 21, 2013 - 9:04 am

Cassie - You know my love for ME BEFORE YOU so this looks like a great quick read also!!! So glad you liked it! Gives me hope for more Jojo for you!! :)))

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