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Paris for One and Other Stories by [Moyes, Jojo]
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A collection of 11 unmissable short stories from the Number One internationally bestselling author of Me Before You and After You (from the publisher's description)

Lots to cheer about in Moyes' first collection of short stories. If you want romance, the title story and its hapless heroine Nell will give it to you in spades

(Red)

With a talent for writing about the everyday in a wonderfully warm and wacky way, Moyes somehow manages to break your heart before restoring your faith in love (Sunday Express)

Jojo Moyes' characters are so real you want to find out what happens to them (Choice)

Like her peers David Nicholls and Marian Keyes, possesses the enviable gift of making the reader laugh in the gloomiest of circumstances (Independent on Sunday)

Just like Moyes' other works, the stories are heartfelt, emotional and teach us about love, loss, liberation and laughter. Fans of her previous work will love it (OK!)

Delightful short stories from the author of Me Before You (Prima)

A heartwarming debut collection of short stories - all centred on everyday women - from the author of Me Before You (Mail on Sunday)

From unhappy women overcoming problems to fairytale romance, you'll love getting lost in these charming tales (The People)

A book that maps the wonder of everyday love (Metro (London))

The best-selling queen of romantic fiction has delivered the goods... you'll love getting lost in these charming tales (Sunday Mirror)

Irresistible... Paris for One offers a dose of instant escapism to whisk you away (Daily Express)

A beautiful read (Hello)

Moyes is always good on male/female relationships. But her sneaky brilliance is in the way she discreetly includes the powerful influence that women have on each other's love lives (Daily Mail)

An undeniably enjoyable dose of escapism (Irish Independent)

From the Back Cover

'Moyes somehow manages to break your heart before restoring your faith in love' Sunday Express

Liv, a spontaneous 23-year old graduate and Sophie, a provincial shop girl, both find themselves in Paris and in love. Though living decades apart, Liv and Sophie have a lot in common and they both find that marriage is only the beginning of their love stories . . .

Beth didn't expect to see Ben's face when she walked in to the marquee for Krista's summer party. Her old lover, the one who never showed at their last meeting. But when she finds out that their split was all a misunderstanding it's time for her to make a choice . . .

Miranda finds a mobile phone and begins texting a stranger pretending to be someone else. Exciting? Yes. Moral? Possibly not. But what if this the life she is supposed to lead?

Chrissie is frantically trying to finish the Christmas shopping, and she knows that she will get it wrong, however hard she tries. Her husband and his viper-tonged mother are just never satisfied. Chrissie is fed up, and maybe this Christmas is the time to take control . . .

In her first collection of short stories, number one bestselling author Jojo Moyes explores real life with humour and heart


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1341 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (9 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GGZPKWU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A collection of short stories with relationships at the heart, each with a twist. Some set in Paris, some set in England….

A novella-length story is first up and it is Nell “not the adventurous type” who embarks on a romantic trip to Paris, with Pete her beau. But at the Eurostar Terminal in London they engage in a text dialogue with makes it rather clear that Pete has no intention of joining her. She has even given up her girls’ trip to Brighton to spend a couple of romantic days with him. Arriving at the Gare Du Nord as you do on Eurostar – toute seule, of course – she has to sort out transport to her hotel but on arrival there she is dismayed to find the room has been double-booked. The first night sees her sharing with another woman. Such a grim way to start her weekend. She is more than ready to turn tail straight back to England.

But of course this is the city of romance and she is soon enjoying the company of Frenchman Fabien… will the course of true love run smoothly?

Then there is wittily titled “Between the Tweets” and tells of the machinations of Mr Travis, an erstwhile popular TV personality whose ratings have slipped. On Twitter he is being trolled by a woman who is claiming to have had a saucy relationship with him, denting his squeaky clean family-man image. A nice little twist ensues.

In another story “Crocodile Shoes” the Yummy Mummies prevail, with a pair of red Louboutins that seemingly have magical powers (but then any girl knows that Louboutins can transform lives!). One woman encounters success whilst wearing a ‘borrowed’ pair.

And a few stories later it is back once again to Paris for one of the longer stories. It is a dual timeline of two relationships 90 years apart, one set in 1912, the other in 2002.
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lovely short stories i always think shirt stories are harder to write than novels all of these could and probably should be extended when JoJo feels like it but they also work beautifully as short stories the only problem is that they leave you wanting more!
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Paris for One is collection of two novellas and 9 short stories.

My favorite story (or I should say novella) was Honeymoon in Paris. It is a standalone novella, but is also connected to Moyes’ full lenght novel The Girl You Left Behind. 80 pages long, the story follows two couples placed in different time, separated by 80 years, who’s stories together make a whole. Even though I really liked it, I think I would appreciate it even more if I have read the novel.

Paris for One is second best in this collection.
It is fun and easy to read, but I think it would be better if the story was set in 90’s, because characters were really bad when it comes to communication. If there were no mobile phones, the story would make more sense.

Other two stories that I really enjoyed were Between the Tweets and Crocodile Shoes.

As for other pieces, I think they were put into this collection just for sake of having enough stories for the whole bind up.
Some were forgetable (Love in the Afternoon), some were there so Jojo Moyes’ fans would have something new to read, and one was so…. silly and ridiculous (I don’t mean it in a good way). The story I’m talking about is Holdups. I really didn’t like that one.

I don’t want to sound rude here, but I’ll say this anyway: some stories sounded like someone’s practice writing, so I couldn’t help but wonder if they were written before Moyes found her voice, before she became a successful writer.

To be fair, when it all comes down together, I think three stars rating is realistic.

I would recommend this collection to fans of Jojo Moyes.
If you haven’t read anything by her before, and you come upon this book, I would still recommend four stories I mentioned as my favorites. It would be a shame not to read them, if you already have a chance to do so.
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I recently listened to an author who had written his first novel be interviewed. His normal literary form was the short story.
His view was that the short story form was the more difficult to write and I completely agree.
I am frequently disappointed in short stories or novellas. Indie authors in particular, for me, seem to think that they are a quick and easy format that requires only one idea and little plotting of crafting. My own opinion is that the real test of a sort story is whether when you come to the end of the story you are satisfied. It was complete. Whole. The characters were sufficiently explored and the plot had not referrals to previous stories or events in these stories, that you had not necessarily read.
So it was with some trepidation that I approached this short story collection from JoJo Moyes. I love her novels but...
However, this was a beautifully and satisfyingly written collection.
In particular read ‘Between the Tweets’ on how to write a 5 star short story in less than 10 pages! Not to mention the puns of course.
Light humour, warmth, an understanding of human nature pervades the writing whether the stories are short or novella length. And different backgrounds are utilised to look at this nature but with several being set in Paris of course!
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