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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