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It's been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong post-college European adventure. Since then, she's lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea's thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knig It's been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong post-college European adventure. Since then, she's lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea's thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knightley, her status as most talented fundraiser is unquestioned. When her introverted mathematician father announces he's getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died, and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her gap year. Inspired to retrace her steps--to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy--Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago, can help her find it again. From the start of her journey nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected.


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It's been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong post-college European adventure. Since then, she's lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea's thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knig It's been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong post-college European adventure. Since then, she's lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea's thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knightley, her status as most talented fundraiser is unquestioned. When her introverted mathematician father announces he's getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died, and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her gap year. Inspired to retrace her steps--to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy--Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago, can help her find it again. From the start of her journey nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected.

30 review for Paris Is Always a Good Idea

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Happy Pub day!!! This book is out today!!! Have you ever experienced such a loss that it literally takes a piece of you with it? It is such a profound loss that a piece of your very soul goes along with it and you never quite feel the same? You go on through life, you manage to be successful, yet there is still a piece of your happiness that you just can't get back? Well this is exactly what happened to Chelsea Martin. After losing her mother to cancer while in her early 20's Chelsea threw herself Happy Pub day!!! This book is out today!!! Have you ever experienced such a loss that it literally takes a piece of you with it? It is such a profound loss that a piece of your very soul goes along with it and you never quite feel the same? You go on through life, you manage to be successful, yet there is still a piece of your happiness that you just can't get back? Well this is exactly what happened to Chelsea Martin. After losing her mother to cancer while in her early 20's Chelsea threw herself into her career. She became a rising star in the nonprofit world, raising money for cancer. This girl was a superstar at her job. Yet her job was all that she had. One day it occurs to her that her "happy" is gone. She wants to get her mojo back but isn't sure how. So she decides to head back to where she last was happy and carefree right before the loss of her mother. She had been "finding herself after college" in Ireland, Paris and Italy. So off she went to find her happiness again. Okay there Chelsea, first off- you can't go back home or so they say. I was highly doubtful that she could turn back the clock and find her happy by doing so. Yet it was highly entertaining watching her do so. Stalking- I mean finding her old boyfriends...learning how to use a stripper pole...among other things. The part I enjoyed the most was her "relationship" with her co-worker Jason. I loved their snarky banter that left me laughing. It reminded me a bit of The Hating Game type of snarky coworker, love-hate. Highly entertaining and I really loved the chapters when he tried to worm his annoying way into her business. He was her Goose to her Maverick. Will she find her happy? Will she get her mojo back? All while trying to land a 10 million dollar deal? I loved Chelsea even though she made she bad decisions....cow pjs in front of your coworkers anyone? Go Chelsea find your mojo girl! I am cheering you on! This was the perfect little rom-com escape and I loved it. Thank you so much to Berkley for providing me with this ARC for an honest review. I hope you all love it too!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Teodora

    *holding a paper bag filled with pains au chocolat and adjusting my beret* Paris you say, huh? *holding a paper bag filled with pains au chocolat and adjusting my beret* Paris you say, huh?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Three men. Three countries. And a whole lot of food. Jen McKinlay will tug at your heartstrings and feed your travel bug with this delightful story. Chelsea’s Life completely changed seven years ago after the death of her mother. She has thrown herself into her job where she works for a Cancer nonprofit. She excels at fundraising, but has no personal life. When her father announces he is getting remarried Chelsea is distraught. BUT the unwelcome news makes her realize she has not been happy for Three men. Three countries. And a whole lot of food. Jen McKinlay will tug at your heartstrings and feed your travel bug with this delightful story. Chelsea’s Life completely changed seven years ago after the death of her mother. She has thrown herself into her job where she works for a Cancer nonprofit. She excels at fundraising, but has no personal life. When her father announces he is getting remarried Chelsea is distraught. BUT the unwelcome news makes her realize she has not been happy for a long time. Determined to find her happiness again Chelsea decides to return to the place she was last happy... on her European gap year trip. So off to Ireland, Paris, and Italy Chelsea goes. Not only to find her happiness, but to also rediscover who she once was and perhaps fall in love with one of the men she left behind. What a fun book! The food... the setting... the amour... did I mention the food? Loved traveling around Europe with Chelsea! There were so many laugh out loud moments and I loved meeting all these charming or perhaps not so charming men. Although I have to say I was partial to Jason her American coworker who showed up in Paris unannounced, because of course Chelsea had some work to do on her vacation. Jason really perfectly balanced out uptight Chelsea. I love the banter and the chemistry between these two. From the second he showed up in front of her door with her suitcase in hand (long story) I was rooting for him. I really can’t say enough good things about this book, it truly was romcom perfection! This book in emojis ☘️ 🥖 🧀 🍇 ☕️ 🍷 👗 🧳 ***Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Beautiful illustrated cover, promising and hopeful plot taking us to the self-discovery and fantastic journey to my favorite three European cities: Italy, Ireland and Paris. (When you wrote the names, my heart started aching. I’m sending my prayers and wellness wishes to everyone live in those cities. I hope the days will come sooner and we may still visit those remarkably spectacular countries and enjoy our lives!) This book is about Chelsea’s taking gap year after suffering hurtful grief of lo Beautiful illustrated cover, promising and hopeful plot taking us to the self-discovery and fantastic journey to my favorite three European cities: Italy, Ireland and Paris. (When you wrote the names, my heart started aching. I’m sending my prayers and wellness wishes to everyone live in those cities. I hope the days will come sooner and we may still visit those remarkably spectacular countries and enjoy our lives!) This book is about Chelsea’s taking gap year after suffering hurtful grief of losing her mother to the battle of big C and having problematic relationship with her over competent coworker a.k.a. superficial asshole Jason Knightley and getting tired to witness her sister’s marriages. She is suffocating, she isn’t happy with her life. She needs a break. She needs to learn how to have a fulfilled life. She needs joy, happiness, fun! But mostly she needs love. (All You Need is Love plays at my head as soon as I wrote those words.) So Chelsea takes her European vacation (not kind of National Lampoon’s European kind: I know it would be fun if this story is about Griswold family’s absurd vacation adventures.) , meets three different guy at three different cities, turning herself into a sailor having different girlfriends at different ports. Marcelino in Italy is my favorite but we also have charming Jean Clause in France and Colin in Ireland (which reminded me of sexy images of Colin Farrell) and at some parts I really thought she was gonna choose three of them and have a fantastic polygamous life. A woman can dream, right? Of course it didn’t happen and you need to read the rest of the story to learn how Chelsea found her HEA! This was entertaining, soft, sweet book. I didn’t have any problem with story-telling and pacing. But only thing I got irritated was the heroine who acted like immature and annoying from the beginning. Especially at romance parts I stopped my reading and screamed with frustration. So she was the only reason that I cut my points and gave three stars to my reading. It was still a great choice, feel-good story with motivational and heartfelt parts. I’d also like to read more works of the author because I mostly enjoyed her story-telling skills and great plot. Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this enjoyable ARC with me in exchange my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    3.75 stars tw: death of a parent; death of a sibling; cancer; brief mention of self harm This book had a lot of things I liked and a number of things I didn't, which makes it hard to rate. I'd go from really enjoying a moment, to there being something I don't like in the next sentence. This is a combination of so many different tropes: young woman travels back to Ireland (small town), France (Paris), and Italy (vineyard) to re-discover who she is by trying to reconnect with three men she fell in l 3.75 stars tw: death of a parent; death of a sibling; cancer; brief mention of self harm This book had a lot of things I liked and a number of things I didn't, which makes it hard to rate. I'd go from really enjoying a moment, to there being something I don't like in the next sentence. This is a combination of so many different tropes: young woman travels back to Ireland (small town), France (Paris), and Italy (vineyard) to re-discover who she is by trying to reconnect with three men she fell in love with in those places 7 years ago before her mom died. She also has a rivalry with a ~handsome co-worker~. All of these things are tropes I love! I loved the locations, the will they won't they of meeting up with old flames, the banter between her and her co-worker, etc. With that being said, there's also some tropes in here I didn't enjoy. The main character originally goes on this trip because her dad is remarrying to a woman he recently met, and the narrative makes it seem like the main character is "unreasonable" and has "forgotten how to love" because she doesn't approve of him marrying someone he met 2 weeks ago. Also, the love interest gets in a fist fight (with blood) over a sense of protective-ness for the main character. This theme of protective weaves together with mild-possessiveness (on both of their parts) throughout the story that I felt could have been left out. Some readers may find it to be a cute layer to the rivalry though, as he is constantly trying to thwart her plans. I also, personally, found the rivals-to-lovers pacing to be a little quick based on where these characters started, but I've had those complaints about other hate-to-love in popular contemporary romances that other readers have enjoyed. I did enjoy the themes of travel, re-discovery, and finding someone who is a good fit for who you currently are, I just wish that self-discovery had been a little separated from the romance element. This was a quick read with a lot of tropes I think fans of The Hating Game especially will enjoy. tropes: - travel romance - rivals-to-lovers w/ co-workers

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenn McKinlay

    Hi, Readers! The galleys of Paris is Always a Good Idea are just entering the wild. So thrilling! This book is my first stand alone and, as such, was an incredible journey for me. Primarily, because I had no intention of writing a stand alone. Ever. I'm a series gal. But then, well, life happened. Have you ever tried to drag yourself out from under the crushing weight of grief? That's what I was doing, sitting in my car waiting for my chronically late for school son, the morning after I had flown Hi, Readers! The galleys of Paris is Always a Good Idea are just entering the wild. So thrilling! This book is my first stand alone and, as such, was an incredible journey for me. Primarily, because I had no intention of writing a stand alone. Ever. I'm a series gal. But then, well, life happened. Have you ever tried to drag yourself out from under the crushing weight of grief? That's what I was doing, sitting in my car waiting for my chronically late for school son, the morning after I had flown back from Denver after the funeral of a beloved cousin, when this book downloaded fully-formed into my head. This had never happened to me before. It felt like the universe was giving me a place to channel my pain, and I used my own grief, the bottomless feeling of loss, to examine Chelsea’s struggle to reconcile her father’s desire to move on with his life and his challenge to her to do the same seven years after the death of her beloved mom. As I tried to figure out how I would come to terms with losing someone so young, who had been such a vital part of my life, I delved into the components of grief and how sometimes we get stuck in that place of loss. In many ways, Chelsea's journey was my journey with a lot of beautiful foreign stops (Ireland, Italy, and France) along the way. It is my fondest wish that Chelsea’s story will resonate with you. I think we've all lived through times of loss and grief, endured uncertainty while standing at life’s crossroads, and have looked to our past to inform our future, while navigating this crazy rollercoaster ride called life. Being able to examine these truths through Chelsea, while writing about some of the places I love best was a pure joy for me, and I hope it will be for you, as a reader, as well. Happy Reading, XO Jenn

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    I really liked the idea is this one because it takes place in France, Italy, and Scotland and j just loved the settings so much. I have to take a star off because I did not like our main female oc. She was dealing with grief over her mother's passing but she became almost childish when she saw people were falling in love etc. She also ran away for silly reasons and left me frustrated. However, I love the office romance trope plus the enemies to lovers trope. It was so freaking cute at a lot of ti I really liked the idea is this one because it takes place in France, Italy, and Scotland and j just loved the settings so much. I have to take a star off because I did not like our main female oc. She was dealing with grief over her mother's passing but she became almost childish when she saw people were falling in love etc. She also ran away for silly reasons and left me frustrated. However, I love the office romance trope plus the enemies to lovers trope. It was so freaking cute at a lot of times.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    There is always that one book that makes your heart feel warm and fuzzy. PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA is one of them. I really took to heart Chelsea’s character who went through great lengths to get over her grief, and eventually find the joy that is missing in her life. Chelsea is going through some life difficulties - from the death of her mother to cancer, to her father remarrying and moving on with his life. I was captivated with the story line where to re-discover some things in life, you ma There is always that one book that makes your heart feel warm and fuzzy. PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA is one of them. I really took to heart Chelsea’s character who went through great lengths to get over her grief, and eventually find the joy that is missing in her life. Chelsea is going through some life difficulties - from the death of her mother to cancer, to her father remarrying and moving on with his life. I was captivated with the story line where to re-discover some things in life, you may have to look back and retrace your steps – for Chelsea, it was the time when she traveled to Europe during her gap year. I found it delightful to read about the beautiful Irish countryside, the elegant city of Paris and the charming Tuscany wineries. I thought Jenn McKinlay was able to capture the human spirit of someone navigating loss and grief, while taking her readers along to a journey to find love in order to love and be loved again. Really enjoyed this one!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    2.5 to 3 stars Chelsea, our female MC, annoyed the living shit outta me, and that's kinda hard to forgive.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Chelsea is very good at her job, working to solicit big donations for a cancer charity. But when her father surprises her one day, informing her that he's marrying a woman he met two weeks ago, Chelsea is understandably upset. However, when her sister confronts her, Chelsea realizes that since her mother does seven years ago, she's shut herself off and has completely forgotten how to have fun. So, she gives notice at work and heads off for a three stop tour if Europe to revisit the three men she Chelsea is very good at her job, working to solicit big donations for a cancer charity. But when her father surprises her one day, informing her that he's marrying a woman he met two weeks ago, Chelsea is understandably upset. However, when her sister confronts her, Chelsea realizes that since her mother does seven years ago, she's shut herself off and has completely forgotten how to have fun. So, she gives notice at work and heads off for a three stop tour if Europe to revisit the three men she fell in love with seven years ago on a gap year trip that was cut short when her mom's cancer was diagnosed. This book just made me happy. The romance was sweet and the wonderful settings in Ireland, France, and Italy were a wonderful way to travel while being stuck at home. I've read all of McKinlay's cozy mystery books and she's one of my favorites. But I had never read any of her romances. I was SO happy when the publisher sent me this ARC as it was definitely on my list. Now I just have to go back and read the rest of her books!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    3.5 stars Jenn McKinlay’s new book, PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA, is a fun romp of a book. There’s not much behind it that draws a reader in except for the setting and the comical characters, but I think it’s a great book if you’re in the mood for something light. If you’re a person who enjoys reading about a lot of traveling, then I think you’re going to enjoy Chelsea’s story. There are a lot of funny and sweet moments in this book, but the romance didn’t really take off for me. Chelsea has t 3.5 stars Jenn McKinlay’s new book, PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA, is a fun romp of a book. There’s not much behind it that draws a reader in except for the setting and the comical characters, but I think it’s a great book if you’re in the mood for something light. If you’re a person who enjoys reading about a lot of traveling, then I think you’re going to enjoy Chelsea’s story. There are a lot of funny and sweet moments in this book, but the romance didn’t really take off for me. Chelsea has the tendency to be immature and so I wasn’t always on board with a lot of her decisions made in this book. For a twenty-nine year old, she seemed kind of inexperienced and immature. I think this is the case because of the tone that the author was going for. Light and funny, it made the more important decisions feel a bit flat. I think that might be the reason why Chelsea’s character might fall flat with some readers. So while there are some good and bad things about this book, I think readers who just want something light might find this book enjoyable, especially if you’re interest is the travel rather than character development or plot.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Krysti

    From it’s heart-melting romance, to the gorgeous travel destinations, to the beautiful emotional journey the main character goes on, PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA is a delight and an absolutely beautiful distraction. Undoubtedly one of my favorite reads of the year, if I could recommend one book to everyone during this stressful time, it would be this one. It’s not only about finding oneself and discovering love along the way. It’s also about honoring the people we’ve loved and lost and moving forw From it’s heart-melting romance, to the gorgeous travel destinations, to the beautiful emotional journey the main character goes on, PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA is a delight and an absolutely beautiful distraction. Undoubtedly one of my favorite reads of the year, if I could recommend one book to everyone during this stressful time, it would be this one. It’s not only about finding oneself and discovering love along the way. It’s also about honoring the people we’ve loved and lost and moving forward with them forever in our hearts. An absolute joy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

    Mmmm the idea of a vicarious vacation is so appealing right now

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    Cheesy, but cute love story that felt right out of a romantic comedy (or a Hallmark movie). The travel bits were what really fun for me as a reader!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amélie Boucher

    Such a solid read! I had such a great time reading this book. If you're looking for a book that will make you travel, look no further! Jenn McKinlay was truly able to transport her readers to Ireland, Paris, and Italy, where most of the story takes place. The exhaustive (and sometimes excessive, I will admit) descriptions were vivid and made me feel like I was traveling with our main character. I absolutely loved the romance. I did feel like we were introduced to the love interest in a very mech Such a solid read! I had such a great time reading this book. If you're looking for a book that will make you travel, look no further! Jenn McKinlay was truly able to transport her readers to Ireland, Paris, and Italy, where most of the story takes place. The exhaustive (and sometimes excessive, I will admit) descriptions were vivid and made me feel like I was traveling with our main character. I absolutely loved the romance. I did feel like we were introduced to the love interest in a very mechanical way that felt sort of unnatural, but I fell in love with Jason as soon as he appeared. I loved the banter between him and Chelsea, and I found myself rooting for them from the start. Their relationship was tumultuous and had all the angst and yearning that I'm a sucker for. I have to say, I feel a little weird about the ending. While I did really enjoy it, I feel like the conflict that happened at the end was kind of rushed and totally uncalled for. Nonetheless, I liked the resolution. Side note: I appreciated the discussions about grief. I haven't lost someone close to me like Chelsea, but I thought the topic was well introduced and didn't feel overbearing. It was an important part of the story, but it didn't feel like a burden. The story still managed to be light and fun all while tacking more important topics like loss of a family member and cancer.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Burdette

    In these stressful times, this is exactly the book I wanted to read. It's got Ireland, and Paris, and an Italian vineyard, plus romance and an appealing heroine.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    Review coming. Do yourself a favor and preorder it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    My review can also be found on The Book View This is probably one of the best books I've read this year! Oh wow! Even after taking some time to digest it all, I'm still in awe over it. McKinlay did such a brilliant job of plotting out this book to be a non-stop adventure and of weaving together a whole cast of characters. It didn't feel rushed, or strained in any way, and was just so enjoyable. I think if I could only use one word to describe this book, it would be 'surprise'. I was surprised from My review can also be found on The Book View This is probably one of the best books I've read this year! Oh wow! Even after taking some time to digest it all, I'm still in awe over it. McKinlay did such a brilliant job of plotting out this book to be a non-stop adventure and of weaving together a whole cast of characters. It didn't feel rushed, or strained in any way, and was just so enjoyable. I think if I could only use one word to describe this book, it would be 'surprise'. I was surprised from beginning to end in the best possible way. For some reason, I did not expect this book to be as good as it was. I don't know if it had to do with the synopsis or just me, but I was so surprised by how much I loved it. Also, the storyline continually surprised me. It was one big adventure in which I had no idea what was going to happen next or who I was going to meet. I loved it! I loved all the characters I was able to meet. They were all so different and contributed to the story in many different ways. And I really loved the development of the main character. Once again, I was surprised by how the story ended with her, but not mad about it. It just felt right. Lastly, the romantic moments in this book were sooooo romantic. I might have shed a tear or two in some parts because the moment was so glorious and beautiful that how could I not? It was just so perfect and swoony accompanied by swoony men. Overall, this is a must-read for all you hopeless romantics out there. It has humor, spunk, and too many swoony moments to count. 5/5 for McKinlay. Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Seven years ago, Chelsea had to abandon her post-college year abroad as her mother's health took a turn for the worse. It was then that she left behind the free-spirit she once was. When her father announced his upcoming nuptials, she began to realize that since her mother's death, her life had been at a standstill. In an effort to find the fun and fancy free woman she once was, she booked a trip to recreate her European adventure. Though things didn't go quite according to plan, Chelsea redisco Seven years ago, Chelsea had to abandon her post-college year abroad as her mother's health took a turn for the worse. It was then that she left behind the free-spirit she once was. When her father announced his upcoming nuptials, she began to realize that since her mother's death, her life had been at a standstill. In an effort to find the fun and fancy free woman she once was, she booked a trip to recreate her European adventure. Though things didn't go quite according to plan, Chelsea rediscovered herself and so much more. This book had me experiencing every imaginable feeling, and I just couldn't get enough of it. It was comical and warm and sweet and swoony. I laughed, I cried, I yelled at the book, but most of all, I smiled. EUROPEAN TRAVELS It's always fantastic taking a trip via a book, but this was even more fun for me given the fact that we really haven't been able to go anywhere for so long due to the corona virus. McKinlay did a wonderful job taking me back to Ireland and France, and bringing me to Italy for the first time. She incorporated popular attractions, activities, and food, and I felt like I was there with Chelsea. THE EXES Each stop on Chelsea's tour brought with it an ex-boyfriend, aka the one she left behind. I loved meeting these men from her past, well most of them at least. Each reunion was quite humorous and filled with great anticipation for me wondering if he would be the "one". But it was those moments of reflection she experienced which I really appreciated, and it was great to see Chelsea discovering so much about herself as she reconnected with her past. THE PERSONAL JOURNEY Chelsea embarked on this trip because she was stuck. After her mother's death, she buried herself in her work. She never really grieved properly, and this trip ended up being an outlet for her. It was in Europe, seven years later, that she finally confronted her pain and let herself come to terms with the profound loss she had suffered. I would say it was equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking. THE CO-WORKER One source of comfort came from a very unlikely source. While Chelsea was in Europe finding herself, her co-worker and nemesis, Jason, sought her help with their latest donor. Needless to say, she didn't expect him to intrude on her trip, but I was so glad he did. I loved their interactions! All of them were so much fun, involving witty banter and lots of heat. Watching both Chelsea and Jason slowly putting down their weapons and removing their armor was so satisfying for me. OVERALL I had an incredible time reading this book. I loved the characters, the settings, the antics, and the romance. McKinlay did an incredible job taking me on this journey and it was wonderful to see Chelsea rediscover herself and reclaim her life. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    A well written story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love again

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danny Santana

    A chick-lit just out of the oven. I waited a long time for the release of this book, full of expectations due to the super positive reviews and it fulfilled what it promised and more. It's a super cute and natural romance that makes you smile from beginning to end. Chelsea realizes that she forgot to live after her mother's death and decides to travel to Europe to find herself, so she thinks it is a good idea to see her ex-boyfriends and remember what it is like to be in love again. I loved that A chick-lit just out of the oven. I waited a long time for the release of this book, full of expectations due to the super positive reviews and it fulfilled what it promised and more. It's a super cute and natural romance that makes you smile from beginning to end. Chelsea realizes that she forgot to live after her mother's death and decides to travel to Europe to find herself, so she thinks it is a good idea to see her ex-boyfriends and remember what it is like to be in love again. I loved that she realized during her journey how stupid this idea is and that she doesn't need to find her old self, she just needs to accept herself and leave the grief behind. The coolest thing is the romance that appears without us noticing it and grows naturally gradually and is very fun to watch. Super indication.

  22. 4 out of 5

    mindful.librarian ☀️

    (free review copy) I usually love MicKinlay but the main character in this one just felt incredibly flat to me - I never once felt that I knew her. Liked the travel aspect but had to talk myself into continuing the story. Also not at all an erotic story until on LONG scene toward the end - a strange placement and mix. Just not my story and I’ll stick with all of the other work by this author that I adore.

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    This year has been an incredible year for reading. With the unprecedented COVID situation, I have had a lot of time to get more than some extra reading done. I have really been loving all the quick romances, women’s fiction, and beach reads. Back in the early spring, my summer calendar was all booked up with upcoming releases, but then many of my July books got their release dates pushed back to the fall leaving July wide open. I decided not to fill up my July calendar too much and instead just ke This year has been an incredible year for reading. With the unprecedented COVID situation, I have had a lot of time to get more than some extra reading done. I have really been loving all the quick romances, women’s fiction, and beach reads. Back in the early spring, my summer calendar was all booked up with upcoming releases, but then many of my July books got their release dates pushed back to the fall leaving July wide open. I decided not to fill up my July calendar too much and instead just keep with the original reading schedule and maybe add a couple of releases that sounded interesting. Enter this book. I thought this one sounded so cute and a quick read plus PARIS—need I say more? About ten years ago, my mom and I visited Paris in the summer for a couple of weeks and it was absolutely wonderful. My husband and I had been the year before but in the early spring and let me tell you, summer in Paris was even better. As I said though, it’s been ten years since I have been back so reading this book during the summer brought back a lot of good memories and the escapism I was looking for. This book wasn’t just set in Paris though—we got to visit Ireland and Italy as well and I thought that really added a lot of romanticism and excitement to an already charming book. The locations were this story’s finest feature. I could tell the author loved these places and wrote with so much affection and authority on them that it was easy to get lost in and feel like you were ‘on vacation’. I also liked the premise of Chelsea’s story. She embarks on this journey to Europe to ‘find herself’ but to also find out of the men she found happiness with in these different locations were still a good fit for her. As though she might be able to find happiness again and reconnect with her heart. I loved meeting her old flames and each of the love interests were sexy and charming for different reasons. In the end her HEA fit well with her character and the story. While this story was predictable at times, I still enjoyed it. It made me feel happy and I felt content with the plot and ending for the characters. There is comfort in predictability and I felt like I got a complete escape in this book which are all the things I expected going into this one. I wanted the romance, the comfort of knowing a HEA was coming, the journey of finding yourself and discovering new places. This was just the book I needed right now and I loved it! See my full review here

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jodie (That Happy Reader)

    If you’re looking for a well-written contemporary romance novel, look no further. This book is absolutely charming with likeable characters and a story you won’t want to put down. Seven years ago, Chelsea Martin took a gap year to travel Europe which brought her happiness and romance in the cities she visited. She ended this trip abruptly when she was called home to be with her terminally ill mother. Since that time, Chelsea has been focused on her work with the American Cancer Coalition and has If you’re looking for a well-written contemporary romance novel, look no further. This book is absolutely charming with likeable characters and a story you won’t want to put down. Seven years ago, Chelsea Martin took a gap year to travel Europe which brought her happiness and romance in the cities she visited. She ended this trip abruptly when she was called home to be with her terminally ill mother. Since that time, Chelsea has been focused on her work with the American Cancer Coalition and has shown herself as a very successful fundraiser. She’s also competitive and wants to be the best, and would be if it weren’t for her co-worker Jason who also shows great talent. When Chelsea learns that her father is going to re-marry, she examines her own life and realizes that she really has been happy since the death of her mother. She decides that in order to start living again, she needs some away time to heal and to bring joy back into her life. She decides to relive her gap year European vacation - including visiting the three men she had romances with during that time. Will Chelsea experience the trip the way she had seven years ago? I really enjoyed this book. It flowed easily and I looked forward to reading it. It addresses the difficulty of living life after death of a loved one with sensitivity and emotion. I loved the storyline of Chelsea revisiting several European cities and what she learns about herself along the way. I also appreciated the fact that Chelsea encounters several problems during this trip which also creates realism to the story. I look forward to reading more from this author. I listened to the audiobook version which is narrated by Brittany Pressley, who brings Chelsea the youthful, charming voice I would expect her to have. I did not feel she was simply reading the book, but rather bringing characters to life. The narration flowed naturally and was easy to understand. Overall, an excellent performance.

  25. 5 out of 5

    *The Angry Reader*

    It’s a very very very cute journey-story about an uptight woman finding her joy. There are misses in continuity and common sense. Clearly the author needs to get Chelsea on her adventure and doesn’t spend a ton of energy making it the smoothest thing in the world. And the end is so so so so sweet. Like oh my goodness this almost ruined a perfectly okay book kind of sweet. But that’s me. I think if you don’t look too hard at this one and simply want a feel-good read it isn’t bad at all. It’s a very very very cute journey-story about an uptight woman finding her joy. There are misses in continuity and common sense. Clearly the author needs to get Chelsea on her adventure and doesn’t spend a ton of energy making it the smoothest thing in the world. And the end is so so so so sweet. Like oh my goodness this almost ruined a perfectly okay book kind of sweet. But that’s me. I think if you don’t look too hard at this one and simply want a feel-good read it isn’t bad at all.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    After the loss of her mother, Chelsea takes a year off exploring Europe. She discovers love in three places: Italy, Ireland and Paris. Only to return home to thrust herself into a career, a mediocre relationship and watching her sister go through man after man in marriage. When her father gets engaged it makes her re-evaluate her life and she doesn’t like what she finds… so she decides to take off to Europe once again to see if the men she left behind might be the answer to all her relationship After the loss of her mother, Chelsea takes a year off exploring Europe. She discovers love in three places: Italy, Ireland and Paris. Only to return home to thrust herself into a career, a mediocre relationship and watching her sister go through man after man in marriage. When her father gets engaged it makes her re-evaluate her life and she doesn’t like what she finds… so she decides to take off to Europe once again to see if the men she left behind might be the answer to all her relationship problems. Chelsea meets up with Marcelino in Italy, Jean Clause in France and Colin in Ireland. Is one of these the perfect love match? You’ll have to pick up Paris is Always a Good Idea and see. Paris is Always a Good Idea was a light and entertaining read. One of those reads that you can just enjoy. It will take your mind off of everything and you can have a little book-cation. I received this ARC copy of Paris is Always a Good Idea from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. Paris is Always a Good Idea is set for publication July 21, 2020. My Rating: 4 stars Written by: Jenn McKinlay Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Berkley (July 21, 2020) ISBN-10: 0593101359 ISBN-13: 978-0593101353 Genre: Woman's Lit Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Paris-Always-G... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pari...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    The last person to ever provide romance tips would be me so I'll shy away from that in order to note this idea of rekindling past romances is a cute idea but not reality based. As the saying goes an ex is an ex for a reason but the need for self exploration in light of your father's romance so soon after his wife's passing is cause for concern. Carry on... Pack those bags it's time to view the world as we begin in small town Ireland with Colin, proceed to Paris France to visit Jean Claude, and hit The last person to ever provide romance tips would be me so I'll shy away from that in order to note this idea of rekindling past romances is a cute idea but not reality based. As the saying goes an ex is an ex for a reason but the need for self exploration in light of your father's romance so soon after his wife's passing is cause for concern. Carry on... Pack those bags it's time to view the world as we begin in small town Ireland with Colin, proceed to Paris France to visit Jean Claude, and hit the trails of the winding vineyards of luscious Italy in hopes of finding Marcellino. Now, before you go all dreamy it's worth noting there's 3 men in one year and nothing for the last 7 yrs for this 22 year old young woman. Several road blocks are encountered along the way including lost luggage, a married man, a hook up, and something about this Quarter Thief. Hey, I'm just the messenger- but the truth is the colleague seemed like a good prospect till Jason was also tossed aside for obvious and uncontrollable outbursts. Needless to say all's well that ends well-the party must go on! Thank you to Bibliotheca in exchange for this honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caden

    3.5/5 stars rounded up to 4 stars! A huge thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sending me this E-Arc for an honest review! I really enjoyed reading this book. Where I found the plot a little bit predictable, the characters and the romance made the book fun and enjoyable. I loved traveling around with the main character Chelsea and going along on the trip with her while she discovered how to open up, be happy, and love again.  I thought that the author did a great job of expressing th 3.5/5 stars rounded up to 4 stars! A huge thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sending me this E-Arc for an honest review! I really enjoyed reading this book. Where I found the plot a little bit predictable, the characters and the romance made the book fun and enjoyable. I loved traveling around with the main character Chelsea and going along on the trip with her while she discovered how to open up, be happy, and love again.  I thought that the author did a great job of expressing the hard emotions that Chelsea's character was dealing with, and making the reader connect with her in a deep way. Also, I LOVED Jason Knightley's character! I think I fell in love with his character from the second chapter, and I loved watching him and Chelsea become friends and then fall in love. I think that this romance was really fun, and it would have been rated a bit higher if the plot had been a bit more unique and less predictable.  I did really enjoy Jenn McKinlay's writing in this book, and again, the characters that she created were all really well thought out and developed. I think this is a really fun and easy summer romance! Thanks for reading! Caden

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dana (pagestoreadfl)

    Thank you to the publisher for a free netgalley! • ❤️- The overall plot was enjoyable. I very much love stories of people redeeming/finding themselves. The tour through Europe gave my traveling heart some nostalgia of my own travels! 🤷🏻‍♀️- Though our character had a major loss, for someone who was higher up in a major corporation she was immature. Very “I know you are but what am I” type. And sometimes the writing in the book was off from the characters. Our uptight main character once said “I cut Thank you to the publisher for a free netgalley! • ❤️- The overall plot was enjoyable. I very much love stories of people redeeming/finding themselves. The tour through Europe gave my traveling heart some nostalgia of my own travels! 🤷🏻‍♀️- Though our character had a major loss, for someone who was higher up in a major corporation she was immature. Very “I know you are but what am I” type. And sometimes the writing in the book was off from the characters. Our uptight main character once said “I cut that schizzle off”. Umm what? • Overall, a cute, fast read that is good for those who like romances on the predictable side or like to travel!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Hill

    Oh my gosh y’all. This is one of my new favorites, ever. My favorite sub genre of books is fiction that takes place across the world. Especially for a heart yearning to travel in the midst of the pandemic, this was the PERFECT read. I couldn’t put it down, and it made me laugh out loud and cry. This is such a special book. Please read it and enjoy it. This is one I will pick up time and time again. Jason is precious, Chelsea is hilarious, and all of the characters are just so unique and I vicario Oh my gosh y’all. This is one of my new favorites, ever. My favorite sub genre of books is fiction that takes place across the world. Especially for a heart yearning to travel in the midst of the pandemic, this was the PERFECT read. I couldn’t put it down, and it made me laugh out loud and cry. This is such a special book. Please read it and enjoy it. This is one I will pick up time and time again. Jason is precious, Chelsea is hilarious, and all of the characters are just so unique and I vicariously lived through them and their adventures. It leaves you with a wistfulness and a wanderlust and is just magical. What a book.

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