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A sparkling romantic comedy starring a bestselling author who goes to Paris to overcome writer's block and rediscovers family, independence, and love along the way. All Maggie Bliss needs to do is write. Forty-eight years old and newly single (again!), she ventures to Paris in a last-ditch effort to finish her manuscript. With a marvelous apartment at her fingertips and an A sparkling romantic comedy starring a bestselling author who goes to Paris to overcome writer's block and rediscovers family, independence, and love along the way. All Maggie Bliss needs to do is write. Forty-eight years old and newly single (again!), she ventures to Paris in a last-ditch effort to finish her manuscript. With a marvelous apartment at her fingertips and an elegant housekeeper to meet her every need, a finished book—and her dream of finally taking her career over the top—is surely within her grasp. After all, how could she find anything except inspiration in Paris, with its sophistication, food, and romance in the air? But the clock is running out, and between her charming ex-husband arriving in France for vacation and a handsome Frenchman appearing one morning in her bathtub, Maggie’s previously undisturbed peace goes by the wayside. Charming and heartfelt, Dee Ernst's Maggie Finds Her Muse is a delightful and feel-good novel about finding love, confidence, and inspiration in all the best places.


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A sparkling romantic comedy starring a bestselling author who goes to Paris to overcome writer's block and rediscovers family, independence, and love along the way. All Maggie Bliss needs to do is write. Forty-eight years old and newly single (again!), she ventures to Paris in a last-ditch effort to finish her manuscript. With a marvelous apartment at her fingertips and an A sparkling romantic comedy starring a bestselling author who goes to Paris to overcome writer's block and rediscovers family, independence, and love along the way. All Maggie Bliss needs to do is write. Forty-eight years old and newly single (again!), she ventures to Paris in a last-ditch effort to finish her manuscript. With a marvelous apartment at her fingertips and an elegant housekeeper to meet her every need, a finished book—and her dream of finally taking her career over the top—is surely within her grasp. After all, how could she find anything except inspiration in Paris, with its sophistication, food, and romance in the air? But the clock is running out, and between her charming ex-husband arriving in France for vacation and a handsome Frenchman appearing one morning in her bathtub, Maggie’s previously undisturbed peace goes by the wayside. Charming and heartfelt, Dee Ernst's Maggie Finds Her Muse is a delightful and feel-good novel about finding love, confidence, and inspiration in all the best places.

30 review for Maggie Finds Her Muse

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I cannot believe how much I loved this book. This is a women's fiction/romance book. This is about a writer that cannot write, so she goes to France looking for a muse to help her write. Her daughter is also in France, and she meets up with her daughter. Her daughter does have Autism. I love the characters in this book, and they are really developed. The plot/storyline was really good. There is not so much drama in this book, but there was a lot of stuff going on. This book is told in the view p I cannot believe how much I loved this book. This is a women's fiction/romance book. This is about a writer that cannot write, so she goes to France looking for a muse to help her write. Her daughter is also in France, and she meets up with her daughter. Her daughter does have Autism. I love the characters in this book, and they are really developed. The plot/storyline was really good. There is not so much drama in this book, but there was a lot of stuff going on. This book is told in the view point of Maggie, and I loved the Maggie character. I really loved all the parts about France, and it kindof made you feel you where in France. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (St. Martin's Griffin) or author (Dee Ernst) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Alan

    What a lovely book. Maggie hasn’t been able to even start the third novel in her successful trilogy, and she’s going to miss her deadline, so her agent and his partner suggest that she accompany them to Paris. Her daughter is living there, and by chance, her ex-husband Alan is there to visit their daughter. In addition to Alan, she meets Max, who encourages her to wear clothes other than her scruffy writing outfits and get her hair and nails done. In Paris, she can magically write once again, an What a lovely book. Maggie hasn’t been able to even start the third novel in her successful trilogy, and she’s going to miss her deadline, so her agent and his partner suggest that she accompany them to Paris. Her daughter is living there, and by chance, her ex-husband Alan is there to visit their daughter. In addition to Alan, she meets Max, who encourages her to wear clothes other than her scruffy writing outfits and get her hair and nails done. In Paris, she can magically write once again, and in between cranking out a first draft, she visits the gardens and museums of Paris, naturally eating tons of bread and cheese and butter and delicacies all washed down with ample amounts of wine. Will she fall back for Alan now that they are in a different stage of their lives? Will she fall for Max, the Frenchman? This novel won’t be released for almost a year, and maybe by then travel won’t seem quite so scary, but this was a delightful novel to read during the safer-at-home orders of my state, although not a helpful book to read as I try to take off the quarantine weight in which I somehow thought calories didn’t count, and wasn’t getting that much of a workout using the remote control too many hours a day. Romance and wonderful characters including France fill this enjoyable read. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel, which RELEASES APRIL 20, 2021.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Maggie Finds Her Muse is a cute story about an author with writer’s block that goes to Paris to find inspiration. She is staying at a friend’s apartment alone until one day she finds an attractive man in her bathroom. Her newly single ex-husband is on a solo trip to Paris visiting their daughter. Maggie finds inspiration but also has to choose between these two men. She also has to decide if she wants to be with either of them. There is drama and a love triangle and many laughs. Maggie brings he Maggie Finds Her Muse is a cute story about an author with writer’s block that goes to Paris to find inspiration. She is staying at a friend’s apartment alone until one day she finds an attractive man in her bathroom. Her newly single ex-husband is on a solo trip to Paris visiting their daughter. Maggie finds inspiration but also has to choose between these two men. She also has to decide if she wants to be with either of them. There is drama and a love triangle and many laughs. Maggie brings her daughter into her lies. I really enjoyed Maggie Finds Her Muse. This book was very entertaining and had a cute romance. Maggie rediscovers her confidence in Paris and has to decide what she wants. I recommend Maggie Finds Her Muse for fans of cute romances. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Gillian Vance and enjoyed the narration. She was the perfect voice for Maggie and talked with emotion. Vance pulled me into Maggie’s story. Thank you St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio for Maggie Finds Her Muse. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I received a complimentary copy of this ebook ARC from the author, publisher, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Maggie Bliss is a romance author who has writer's block. When she finds out that her live in boyfriend thinks he is more important than her, she leaves him and decides to go finish her book by going on a trip with her agent Lee to Paris. Will she be able to find her inspiration and find love again? Read on and find out for yourself. This was a pretty good women's fiction ro I received a complimentary copy of this ebook ARC from the author, publisher, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Maggie Bliss is a romance author who has writer's block. When she finds out that her live in boyfriend thinks he is more important than her, she leaves him and decides to go finish her book by going on a trip with her agent Lee to Paris. Will she be able to find her inspiration and find love again? Read on and find out for yourself. This was a pretty good women's fiction romance novel. If you enjoy stories about family and more, be sure to check this book out when it officially releases in bookstores and wherever books and ebooks are sold on April 21, 2021.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    Maggie Bliss suffers from writer’s block and comes to Paris to retrieve her muse. She’s single again at 48, and hopes her stay will birth a new book and a new life. Her daughter starts school nearby, and soon Maggie’s ex-hubs Alan shows up too. He wants to reunite, but she’s intrigued by Max, a handsome Frenchman she found in her bathtub. Will she finally finish her book? Patch things up with Alan? Or get her groove back with Max? A sexy summer read! 4 of 5 Stars Pub Date 20 Apr 2021 Thanks to the Maggie Bliss suffers from writer’s block and comes to Paris to retrieve her muse. She’s single again at 48, and hopes her stay will birth a new book and a new life. Her daughter starts school nearby, and soon Maggie’s ex-hubs Alan shows up too. He wants to reunite, but she’s intrigued by Max, a handsome Frenchman she found in her bathtub. Will she finally finish her book? Patch things up with Alan? Or get her groove back with Max? A sexy summer read! 4 of 5 Stars Pub Date 20 Apr 2021 Thanks to the author, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #MaggieFindsHerMuse

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tabatha (tab.talks.books)

    Thanks to NetGalley for this eARC! This book was perfect for a nice winter snowy day off to read. It talks about Maggie our MC who is a writer and having a hard time writing and finding her “muse” she’s at her wits end and her agent Lee is basically telling her to get it together and at a last ditch effort to attempt to not prolong her extension another time, has her come to Paris with him and his partner Martin in hopes to spark some creativity and find her muse in where better else but the capi Thanks to NetGalley for this eARC! This book was perfect for a nice winter snowy day off to read. It talks about Maggie our MC who is a writer and having a hard time writing and finding her “muse” she’s at her wits end and her agent Lee is basically telling her to get it together and at a last ditch effort to attempt to not prolong her extension another time, has her come to Paris with him and his partner Martin in hopes to spark some creativity and find her muse in where better else but the capital of love! And then comes along the ex husband, the daughter, the daughters boyfriend, the housekeeper, Max the housekeepers son, and of course the dog. Maggie has two close girlfriends she keeps in touch with during her time and it is a really great read and makes me want to travel to Paris if not for anything but the food! I love reading books set in places I have never been and always wanted to go. But it leads you to wonder....did Maggie ever find her Muse?! You gotta read it to find out! 😉

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I requested this book because of the cover which made me think it could be a fun romance story set in France, my home country. In this book, you'll meet Maggie has she has writer's block. She's about to go on a trip to Paris after dumping her now ex-boyfriend who thought his work was more important than hers. When that happened, I was rooting for her. This book is described as a romantic comedy but I have to say that I didn't find the comedy anywhere in this book. As for the romance, the sort-of I requested this book because of the cover which made me think it could be a fun romance story set in France, my home country. In this book, you'll meet Maggie has she has writer's block. She's about to go on a trip to Paris after dumping her now ex-boyfriend who thought his work was more important than hers. When that happened, I was rooting for her. This book is described as a romantic comedy but I have to say that I didn't find the comedy anywhere in this book. As for the romance, the sort-of love triangle wasn't very exciting to be honest. I didn't feel any sparks between our heroine and her ex-husband or Max, her "muse". And should we call it a love triangle if we knew from the beginning who she would end up with? I'm not sure. Overall, this was a nice story but sadly, I didn't find it very interesting. A writer finding her "muse" in a person/place sounds nice enough on paper but I got bored very quickly and I was hoping the romance would pick up my interest. Unfortunately, that didn't happen but at least this was a quick read... (Thank you for letting me read and review an ARC via Netgalley)

  8. 4 out of 5

    kelseyandherbooks

    As a thirty-three year old woman, I've resigned myself to the fact that I am now older than most of the heroines I read about in novels. That's why it was so refreshing to read about Maggie, a novelist in her late 40's. This is another 2021 romance that surprised me and absolutely blew me away! Maggie is writing the third novel in her highly popular fantasy romance series (reason number two this book was so fun!) and is due to hand in her manuscript just before her second book releases. This insi As a thirty-three year old woman, I've resigned myself to the fact that I am now older than most of the heroines I read about in novels. That's why it was so refreshing to read about Maggie, a novelist in her late 40's. This is another 2021 romance that surprised me and absolutely blew me away! Maggie is writing the third novel in her highly popular fantasy romance series (reason number two this book was so fun!) and is due to hand in her manuscript just before her second book releases. This insider look into the writing and publishing worlds was a really fun addition to the book, as was the Parisian setting that Maggie is whisked away to. You see, Maggie is in a slump and her agent takes her on a trip to Paris for a change of scenery. And that, my friends, is where Maggie finds her muse. Again, incredibly refreshing to read about a love interest in his mid-50's and Max was definitely swoon-worthy!! Paris is also where we meet Maggie's daughter, Nicole, and I really loved the Asperger's representation here. I would have loved to go deeper into Maggie and Nicole's relationship, as it does seem strained at times and I would have liked a bit of backstory as to why. All in all this was a delightful story and I am grateful to St. Martin's for providing me with an advanced copy to read and review. Maggie Finds Her Muse is out now!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stacy40pages

    Maggie Finds Her Muse by Dee Ernst. Thanks to @goodreads and @stmartinsgriffin for the gifted Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Maggie is a well-known romance author, but she has writers block and an upcoming major deadline. She takes a trip to Paris for inspiration to write. She finds inspiration for sure, in a handsome French roommate AND her ex-husband who happens to be in the city as well. I’m not sure how to describe this book besides refreshing. I feel like I had a nice relaxing, romantic trip to Paris myself! Maggie Finds Her Muse by Dee Ernst. Thanks to @goodreads and @stmartinsgriffin for the gifted Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Maggie is a well-known romance author, but she has writers block and an upcoming major deadline. She takes a trip to Paris for inspiration to write. She finds inspiration for sure, in a handsome French roommate AND her ex-husband who happens to be in the city as well. I’m not sure how to describe this book besides refreshing. I feel like I had a nice relaxing, romantic trip to Paris myself! I absolutely loved that this book featured a woman in her forties finding romance. I even love more that there were some steamy scenes- with adults outside of their 20’s and 30’s. Yes, we may have some graying hair and a few wrinkles... but we love sex too! There were some amazing food descriptions, which we all know I love in books. It was very atmospheric with Paris as the background. There’s also a flatulent French bulldog, for those that love the breed. “Last night I had been in a fog of lust and absinthe, but here, in the clear and sober light of day, I knew I’d been waiting my whole life for the taste of his lips.” “I had found my muse in Paris after all, and he had the bluest eyes I’d ever seen.” Maggie Finds Her Muse comes out 4/20.

  10. 4 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    This book was just what I needed when I was going through some tough stuff. I picked it up because our names are the same. I also love a. good story about middle age and having adevntures. It is what I hope to do someday when I get there. Even an adventure in Paris now would be fun if the pandemic was done. I truly found joy in this book and it made me realize the value of enjoying what moments we have and enjoying life each day.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Struggling to write the last book in a trilogy, Maggie heads to Paris hoping to find inspiration! Luckily for her, she finds plenty: a lovely apartment, an attentive housekeeper/excellent cook, her grown daughter, Nicole, who lives there, the city and all its accompanying sights, sounds, and tastes... and perhaps even a sexy Frenchman (or maybe even her ex-husband, Alan). Who or what will help Maggie find her writing groove? "She is there to find her muse and get to work, not be shown around." Th Struggling to write the last book in a trilogy, Maggie heads to Paris hoping to find inspiration! Luckily for her, she finds plenty: a lovely apartment, an attentive housekeeper/excellent cook, her grown daughter, Nicole, who lives there, the city and all its accompanying sights, sounds, and tastes... and perhaps even a sexy Frenchman (or maybe even her ex-husband, Alan). Who or what will help Maggie find her writing groove? "She is there to find her muse and get to work, not be shown around." This story gripped me from the very first pages. I would have devoured it in one sitting if I'd had the time. It was fun, sweet, and sometimes laugh out loud funny. It held my attention throughout and brought me joy. Location: Paris, France I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Maggie Bliss has writer’s block on her 3rd book of her trilogy. Her agent Lee suggests her fly to Paris with him and his partner and stay in his family apartment. She decides to do it after she breaks up with her live in boyfriend. Maggie also thinks it’s a great idea because her daughter Nic is in France. Maggie meets Max who is Solange‘s son and the caretaker of the house. Also as a distraction is her ex-husband Alan whom she has been divorced for many years, he is in France visiting their dau Maggie Bliss has writer’s block on her 3rd book of her trilogy. Her agent Lee suggests her fly to Paris with him and his partner and stay in his family apartment. She decides to do it after she breaks up with her live in boyfriend. Maggie also thinks it’s a great idea because her daughter Nic is in France. Maggie meets Max who is Solange‘s son and the caretaker of the house. Also as a distraction is her ex-husband Alan whom she has been divorced for many years, he is in France visiting their daughter. Maggie starts writing again because she has found her muse . I won’t tell you what that it is because it would give the book away. The author does a wonderful job in describing the food, attractions and the characters. I enjoyed this book. I now want to go to France. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the E-ARC. This is my own opinion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5/ 5 stars Maggie Finds Her Muse is a wonderful fun book that I found so enjoyable. It is my first book by this author. The book is listed as a romantic comedy. But it really felt more like women's fiction to me. At least until the last third of the book. The narrator is 48 year old romance novelist, Maggie Bliss (1st person POV). She lives in New Jersey and has been struggling to write the third book in her romance trilogy. Okay so first off I love that Maggie is a romance writer. It is so amazin 4.5/ 5 stars Maggie Finds Her Muse is a wonderful fun book that I found so enjoyable. It is my first book by this author. The book is listed as a romantic comedy. But it really felt more like women's fiction to me. At least until the last third of the book. The narrator is 48 year old romance novelist, Maggie Bliss (1st person POV). She lives in New Jersey and has been struggling to write the third book in her romance trilogy. Okay so first off I love that Maggie is a romance writer. It is so amazing to read about her writer's block and I loved everything to do with her book. Her agent Lee offers her a suggestion. Does she want to go stay with him in a beautiful foreign city? Will she be able to finish her book and find a muse (hence the title)? The setting was phenomenal and was honestly my favorite thing about the book. I loved everything to do with Maggie being in Paris. The author described the food, the shopping, the people and the locations so well. And it made me feel like I was there. Maggie's daughter Nicole lives in France. And this was a big part of the story. Also Nicole having Asperger's was a really great part of the book. Romance is a part of the book. But it isn't a big focus in the first half of the story. I really enjoyed seeing Maggie get to interact with her ex-husband Alan. And I absolutely loved Lee's housekeeper's son Max. He was so kind and charming. This book had really long chapters. But it was a fairly quick read. Also, it has a love triangle (which I love). Overall, I really loved this book and would definitely recommend it. Thanks to netgalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Reads It

    Maggie finds her muse is very “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” with a surprising depth of characters that elevated this from your typical romance to a delightful read. While I cannot fathom having a worldly agent offering me their lavish Parisian house to hole up and write in, I found other aspects, especially the journey and burdens of a writer very relatable. Dee Ernst scripted a breathtakingly beautiful Parisian culture, from the food, the streets, the arts, the sights, the people, did I ment Maggie finds her muse is very “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” with a surprising depth of characters that elevated this from your typical romance to a delightful read. While I cannot fathom having a worldly agent offering me their lavish Parisian house to hole up and write in, I found other aspects, especially the journey and burdens of a writer very relatable. Dee Ernst scripted a breathtakingly beautiful Parisian culture, from the food, the streets, the arts, the sights, the people, did I mention the food? I was pleasantly surprised by the male protagonist- Max, who, while still handsome (because this is a romance novel after all), was very worldly and attuned to female needs. Max was very open and unapologetically honest about his sexual introduction and I appreciate that. Another interesting aspect was Maggie’s very unconventional relationship with her daughter and how she is portrayed. Maggie’s descriptions are very clinical and provided honest insight into a common struggle of what a lot of parents who cannot relate to their children think Overall, Maggie Finds Her Muse was an interesting read and would appeal to those who appreciate a “mature” female lead.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anitalia Payne

    A lovely book! As a person who rarely reads romance books, this is beyond expectation. Maggie Bliss is facing a writer's block for her upcoming book, and her personal life also goes downhill, with Gregg (her boyfriend) treating her as a property or more as a personal assistant to him. These situations had alerted her agent, Lee, and offered her to come with him and his partner to go to Paris with hopes that Maggie will find her “muse” From the beginning of this book, I immediately fell in love wit A lovely book! As a person who rarely reads romance books, this is beyond expectation. Maggie Bliss is facing a writer's block for her upcoming book, and her personal life also goes downhill, with Gregg (her boyfriend) treating her as a property or more as a personal assistant to him. These situations had alerted her agent, Lee, and offered her to come with him and his partner to go to Paris with hopes that Maggie will find her “muse” From the beginning of this book, I immediately fell in love with Maggie Bliss. She’s an author, forty-eight years old and recently single, has two best friends who really loved her inside out, confident but not ashamed to admit that she also needs help. Other things that bring me smile, it’s Paris, a famous city with its special magic about love, art, and beautiful places to visit. I have never visited Paris (yet) but I’m able to imagine how beautiful this city is with how the author provides the information and describes the places where Maggie visits. With this magic, the main character and sub-characters somehow also played their role in a beautiful way too, no drama, more to show the readers “your heart is telling the truth feelings about love”. Why I don’t give perfect ratings as much as I loved this book, I want more story / the background life from one of the characters in this book. If you are looking for a delightful, grownup romance read with confident character (s) with the magical Paris in it, this is the right book! 4.5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jodie (That Happy Reader)

    I really enjoy books that are set in cities I’ve visited. I cherish the memories of being on vacation, exploring a new city and experiencing the city’s culture. In Maggie Finds Her Muse by Dee Ernst, this book brought me back to Paris with all its amazing cuisine and romance. Pair this with an equally enchanting storyline, and you’ve captivated me. Maggie Bliss is a middle-aged author who is experiencing writer’s block. Attempting to write the third manuscript in a trilogy, she has already receiv I really enjoy books that are set in cities I’ve visited. I cherish the memories of being on vacation, exploring a new city and experiencing the city’s culture. In Maggie Finds Her Muse by Dee Ernst, this book brought me back to Paris with all its amazing cuisine and romance. Pair this with an equally enchanting storyline, and you’ve captivated me. Maggie Bliss is a middle-aged author who is experiencing writer’s block. Attempting to write the third manuscript in a trilogy, she has already received two deadline extensions without having written a single word. When her agent Lee suggests she spend some time away in Paris to clear her head, she jumps at the chance to get away. Now in Paris, Maggie is staying in Lee’s fabulous apartment complete with a housekeeper to meet her every need. She is also quickly introduced to Max, the housekeeper’s middle-aged son, who assists Maggie in a makeover fitting of a Parisian. Maggie welcomes the new look and feels it timely because she will be meeting her daughter and ex husband for lunch. Soon, as Maggie starts to unwind and explore Paris, her ability to write becomes stronger and stronger. She discovers that is seems to be easier to write when her new found muse is present, creating a scenario that works for her writing, but may only lead to heartbreak. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the romance, appreciated the detailed character development and could feel Maggie’s journey of personal growth experienced throughout the book. I found Maggie to be both likeable and relatable - the type of character who you’d love to be a friend. I loved the description of French cuisine, and the places that Maggie visits. I admired the way that Maggie embraced the French culture, stepping out of her comfort zone at times to experience more. The book flowed beautifully, and I felt engaged throughout. Maggie Finds Her Muse is a lovely piece of escapism, which made me yearn to resume travel when I’m safely able to do so. Thank you to St Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn DeRouin

    Trigger warnings: Sex (somewhat detailed descriptions), mentions of a teacher-student relationship (20-year-old college junior and her professor), divorce, mentions of parental death (car accident), mention of cancer, ableist language Maggie Finds Her Muse focuses on forty-eight-year-old author Maggie Bliss as she struggles to write the third and final book in her bestselling trilogy. When her agent suggests that she travel to Paris with him and his partner she takes him up on the offer in the h Trigger warnings: Sex (somewhat detailed descriptions), mentions of a teacher-student relationship (20-year-old college junior and her professor), divorce, mentions of parental death (car accident), mention of cancer, ableist language Maggie Finds Her Muse focuses on forty-eight-year-old author Maggie Bliss as she struggles to write the third and final book in her bestselling trilogy. When her agent suggests that she travel to Paris with him and his partner she takes him up on the offer in the hopes that she'll be able to finally get started on her book. While in Paris she not only finds her muse, but she finds it in the handsome Frenchman, Max. The premise of Maggie Finds Her Muse drew me to the book right away. I absolutely adore Paris (well what I know of it as I have never been) and since quarantine has the travel bug in me itching even more than usual, I thought that this book would be a great escape. While I found the book to be easy to read and follow with good descriptive writing, it fell a bit flat to me. I found myself getting a bit annoyed with Maggie throughout much of the book. While I understand that she's feeling just a little bit lost, especially when it comes to her book, and looking for something to spark her creativity I found her to be a bit childish. In fact, I felt like she came off as someone in their late 20s-early 30s and not a woman in her late 40s. I found her to be a bit flaky and aloof. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but in this case, it made me get a little annoyed with her. I also felt that she made some very questionable choices. While this happened in the past, it made me very uncomfortable that her first husband she met when she was a junior in college and he was her professor. They in fact began a relationship when she was still in school and were married shortly after she had finished school. Her ex, Alan, is a very nice man and respectful and clearly still cares about her (as she does for him) but the origin of their relationship, even though she was 20, made me uncomfortable. She also had a lot of communication issues and it bothered me. In fact, she talks about how in her books she doesn't like to use the Big Miscommunication trope, but that's exactly what she does in her own life. I kind of just wanted to shake her and say "Maggie, if you used your words this wouldn't be an issue" While yes, you know right away that there's a spark between her and Max, I wasn't very invested in them. I found myself thinking, "alright, when are they going to get together?" but when it happened I didn't feel too strongly about it. I thought "finally", but not in the 'YES I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS" kind of way, but in the "well we knew that was going to happen it just took forever" For me, the side characters were the best characters. In fact, I think my favorite character was Maggie and Alan's daughter Nicole. Nicole lives in France, has good relationships with both of her parents, has a great boyfriend whom she clearly adores, and is portrayed as a confident, intelligent, and kind person. We find out in the book that she has trouble in some social situations and Maggie tells us that in her junior year of high school they found out that Nicole has Aspergers. Now, I'm not a parent, but I think that waiting until your child's junior year in high school is a bit neglectful especially if the entire reason why you had them go to a psychologist is because of how much trouble they were having socially. They were definitely having that trouble before then, so why would you wait that long? Really though my issue was that sometimes Maggie would say things about her daughter that would rub me the wrong way. Part of Nicole's personality is that she just straight up tells it like it is. She's not rude or brash, she simply says what she's thinking and moves on. She doesn't ever intend to upset someone. There's one point where she's teasing her mom because, as Maggie has said herself, she's not great with directions and Maggie says (not to her), something along the lines of "I love my daughter but sometimes she can be a real bitch." I found that so odd. I can state for a fact that even if I was being a bitch to my mother, she would never say that about me. That sounded like someone talking about their 'tell-it-like-it-is' best friend and not their daughter. There was also some ableist language that just bothered me. Sometimes Maggie made it seem like she had to try so hard to make sure that she was looking at things through her daughter's eyes and how difficult that could be for her, but not acknowledging how things could be difficult for Nicole. Furthermore, I don't think Maggie would've actually owned up to some of her actions if it weren't for Nicole, and when it backfired for Maggie, Nicole felt like she had done something wrong when in fact, she'd gone out of her way to support her mother. Overall Maggie Finds Her Muse is fine. Really the 3rd star is because the book had an easy-to-follow writing style and I read it all in one sitting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather Lou Reads

    *Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for allowing me to receive an early ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.* 4.5⭐ This was such a charming read. One that I have been looking for out of a romance for a while. Maggie is an older heroine that is in a bit of a writing rut and is having a hard time finding a starting point for the third installment in her very popular romance book series. The third book in this series could potentially change her life, especially after another *Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for allowing me to receive an early ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.* 4.5⭐ This was such a charming read. One that I have been looking for out of a romance for a while. Maggie is an older heroine that is in a bit of a writing rut and is having a hard time finding a starting point for the third installment in her very popular romance book series. The third book in this series could potentially change her life, especially after another disastrous breakup with her long-term partner. When she doesn't meet a deadline, her agent invites her to Paris to stay in his flat for free so Maggie can find her Muse. Maggie finds more that she is expecting: great food, a new found relationship with her daughter and a potential love interest. I really loved this book. I read it within 24 hours and found myself laughing and wishing I was in Paris. I loved the descriptions of the food, the city and the magic that is always talked about when it comes to Paris itself. Maggie has a lot of people that love her and that want to see her succeed. They all understand her and are encouraging, which is always a pleasure to read about. Even though Maggie is an older woman, she still makes mistakes, which was realistic and I thought was handled a little too quickly. But, Max is an extremely caring and loyal person which explains his understanding. I think Max and Maggie were a really good couple and complimented each other well. Highly recommend to my fellow romance readers!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mary G.

    Maggie Bliss has a book problem - she needs to finish the 3rd book of her blockbuster romance series, but she has a serious case of writer's block. To top it all off, her partner refuses to sympathize, claiming that his work is more important than hers. After dumping him, she takes an impromptu trip to Paris, hoping to find her inspiration in the city of lights. If she plays her cards right, she may find a little romance for herself. I really needed a happy, light read, and this was a perfect cho Maggie Bliss has a book problem - she needs to finish the 3rd book of her blockbuster romance series, but she has a serious case of writer's block. To top it all off, her partner refuses to sympathize, claiming that his work is more important than hers. After dumping him, she takes an impromptu trip to Paris, hoping to find her inspiration in the city of lights. If she plays her cards right, she may find a little romance for herself. I really needed a happy, light read, and this was a perfect choice! I'd definitely recommend as an escape from all the craziness in the world right now. What I liked: -Maggie was a great protagonist, relatable, sarcastic, and funny. I loved her voice. -Paris. Who doesn't love Paris? Such a beautiful setting for a book, and in this time of quarantine, it was nice to take a "trip" to such a beautiful city. -A wonderful supporting cast of characters. We get to meet Maggie's friends, her French host, her ex-husband and daughter, and the mysterious Frenchman Max, and each character added a lot to the story and made me laugh! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing an ARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    NatashaReadz

    ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review. Maggie is a romance novelist, stuck in a nasty case of writer's block. Her manager asks her to come along to Paris with him and his partner so Maggie can find some inspiration for her latest novel. While in Paris, Maggie meets Max, the son of the elderly woman who's home Maggie and her friend's are staying in. Maggie automatically finds inspiration in Max and he becomes her muse for her characters. Maggie also finds herself falling for Max. While al ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review. Maggie is a romance novelist, stuck in a nasty case of writer's block. Her manager asks her to come along to Paris with him and his partner so Maggie can find some inspiration for her latest novel. While in Paris, Maggie meets Max, the son of the elderly woman who's home Maggie and her friend's are staying in. Maggie automatically finds inspiration in Max and he becomes her muse for her characters. Maggie also finds herself falling for Max. While also in Paris, Maggie visits her daughter, Nicole. Maggie's ex-husband Alan is also in Paris visiting their daughter. Maggie and Alan spend a little time together and she realizes that Alan thinks they might rekindle their old flame, but she is drawn to Max. This book was a sweet romance that centered around an older woman in her late 40s. There are not many newer, older aged women romances and I enjoyed this one. Maggie was relatable and I loved her indecisiveness and spunk.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Maggie Bliss is in trouble, she has serious writers block, and an upcoming deadline. When Maggie informs her agent Lee about the severity of her situation, he suggests a change of scenery. He invites Maggie to spend a few weeks in Paris with himself and his partner Martin so she can finish the third book in her Delania trilogy. Maggie finds Paris utterly charming, and just the inspiration she needs. It's when she meets Lee's housekeeper's son Max though that Maggie's writing goes into overdrive Maggie Bliss is in trouble, she has serious writers block, and an upcoming deadline. When Maggie informs her agent Lee about the severity of her situation, he suggests a change of scenery. He invites Maggie to spend a few weeks in Paris with himself and his partner Martin so she can finish the third book in her Delania trilogy. Maggie finds Paris utterly charming, and just the inspiration she needs. It's when she meets Lee's housekeeper's son Max though that Maggie's writing goes into overdrive. The sexy Frenchman has become her muse, and Maggie is worried that she won't be able to finish the book without him. Is it just because Max is her muse that she needs him, or have things suddenly become more complicated? This book is a delightfully charming and quick read, and the characters are well written and relatable. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozies, and modern romances.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carmela Dutra

    Maggie Bliss suffers from writer's block and travels to Paris with her agent to find her Muse. Maggie is a middle-aged and newly single. She’s hoping by traveling abroad, she will be able to start her third book in her series. While she is there, she’s meet up with her daughter, who has Asperger’s syndrome and is thriving in France, and wouldn’t you guess, her ex-husband Alan shows up, who is also newly single. Maggie soon finds she is living in one of her books as her ex-husband is trying to re Maggie Bliss suffers from writer's block and travels to Paris with her agent to find her Muse. Maggie is a middle-aged and newly single. She’s hoping by traveling abroad, she will be able to start her third book in her series. While she is there, she’s meet up with her daughter, who has Asperger’s syndrome and is thriving in France, and wouldn’t you guess, her ex-husband Alan shows up, who is also newly single. Maggie soon finds she is living in one of her books as her ex-husband is trying to rejuvenate an old flame, and she’s intrigued by a handsome Frenchman named Max. Will Maggie be able to complete her novel and meet her deadline? Will she find love again with her ex-husband? Or will this new Frenchman steal her heart? 4 of 5 stars publication date April 19, 2021 Thank you to NetGalley for the advance review copy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Corlyn (Riverside Reader)

    Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Dee Ernst for a copy of this book via NetGalley. Maggie Finds Her Muse Maggie Bliss is a well-loved romance novelist who can't write her third novel in her trilogy series. She has received extensions and her agent warns her that if she doesn't meet her deadline, the momentum of publication dates and movie options will decline. Her agent suggests she accompany them to Paris where she can stay in their flat. Maggie takes the opportunity to go and visit her daught Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Dee Ernst for a copy of this book via NetGalley. Maggie Finds Her Muse Maggie Bliss is a well-loved romance novelist who can't write her third novel in her trilogy series. She has received extensions and her agent warns her that if she doesn't meet her deadline, the momentum of publication dates and movie options will decline. Her agent suggests she accompany them to Paris where she can stay in their flat. Maggie takes the opportunity to go and visit her daughter who is living in France while hoping she is inspired to write. By chance, Maggie's ex-husband Alan is also in France to visit their daughter. When Maggie arrives in Paris, she meets Max, who encourages her to get a makeover before seeing Alan again. Is it Maggie's transformation that inspires her to start writing? Is it the food, museums, gardens, or revisiting her first love? Will she and Alan re-kindle their comfortable relationship or will she fall for Max? This book will be available 4.20.21.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tracie

    Maggie is in her late 40's and struggling with writers bloc on her last book of a trilogy and she has just ended a relationship. Her agent Lee offers her his flat in Paris to find her spark again. Maggie's daughter is currently living in France so Maggie decides she will go. Her ex-husband is also visiting their daughter and Lee's housekeeper welcomes her and introduces her to her son, Max. Paris, Parisian food, and her new friends work their magic, but life is complicated and Maggie has decisio Maggie is in her late 40's and struggling with writers bloc on her last book of a trilogy and she has just ended a relationship. Her agent Lee offers her his flat in Paris to find her spark again. Maggie's daughter is currently living in France so Maggie decides she will go. Her ex-husband is also visiting their daughter and Lee's housekeeper welcomes her and introduces her to her son, Max. Paris, Parisian food, and her new friends work their magic, but life is complicated and Maggie has decisions to make. This book has humor and romance and it is nice to have older characters taking second chances. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the digital copy for my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Myrna Gottlieb

    I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. I wish I could write two separate reviews. I LOVED the first half of the book. I turned the pages eagerly. And I enjoyed that the author cleverly wrote a romance novel to tell her story about the blocked romance writer. The first half I would have given 5 stars. A keeper. As I read on, I changed my mind. I got tired of Maggie's endlessly bursting into tears of joy every time she ate or drank wha I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. I wish I could write two separate reviews. I LOVED the first half of the book. I turned the pages eagerly. And I enjoyed that the author cleverly wrote a romance novel to tell her story about the blocked romance writer. The first half I would have given 5 stars. A keeper. As I read on, I changed my mind. I got tired of Maggie's endlessly bursting into tears of joy every time she ate or drank whatever in Paris- an olive, a piece of cheese, a crumb of bread, another olive, a sip of wine. Enough already! Julia Child was overwhelmed by her first lunch at a small restaurant in France...her first lunch. I got tired of Maggie's quirk- the sudden need to eat immediately- couldn't hang on another minute or she'd faint. i did not believe that everyone Maggie met in France were avid fans of her previous books (all translated into French) and that they all cared mightily about the 3rd and final book in her latest series. And that 6 adults and a dog walking in the park would have run around to re-enact the plot of Maggie's book to help with the timeline or whatever. I did not find the womanizing Frenchman Max, impeccably attired in expensive suits, perfectly pressed and starched expensive shirts, shoes, and and accessories, to be charming and sexy. He did not ring true. Nor did Maggie's attraction to his scratchy wool suits. The character of the daughter with Aspergers was interesting. Also some of the information about French people - such as when people cut into line, nobody cares- also interesting. But Maggie's incessant self-doubt, the meet cute when Maggie first encounters a man in the bathtub; and the required misunderstanding toward the end before the unbelievable fairy-tale ending with the man of her dreams, just left me cold.. Also the plot of the book she was writing really sucked. Is that a typical romance novel? Five stars for the first half of the book; two stars for the second half, which I forced myself to finish because I'd already read 140 pages. A keeper turned out to be a donate to library. Three stars total. ,

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chris Markley

    This is a delightful, fun story that was perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Maggie has writer's block and it is a big problem,. the deadline for book 3 of her trilogy is quickly approaching and she has not written a word. When her agent proposes she travel to Paris and stay in his apartment to write she goes. What she finds is more than she ever expected, Paris and all of its wonders plus a chance to reconnect with her daughter and ex-husband, make new friends, and even find her muse. But is i This is a delightful, fun story that was perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Maggie has writer's block and it is a big problem,. the deadline for book 3 of her trilogy is quickly approaching and she has not written a word. When her agent proposes she travel to Paris and stay in his apartment to write she goes. What she finds is more than she ever expected, Paris and all of its wonders plus a chance to reconnect with her daughter and ex-husband, make new friends, and even find her muse. But is it just because of the book or is there more between her and her muse? Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc for my honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    A lighthearted comedic romp! Great characterization, a wonderful Parisian setting and a writer facing a looming deadline makes for an enjoyable reading experience. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments, and the culinary descriptions inspired me to add a trip to France to my bucket list. I did not love the will-they-or-won't-they subplot between Maggie and her ex-husband. Romance readers will find the slow burn between Maggie and Max quite satisfying. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for A lighthearted comedic romp! Great characterization, a wonderful Parisian setting and a writer facing a looming deadline makes for an enjoyable reading experience. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments, and the culinary descriptions inspired me to add a trip to France to my bucket list. I did not love the will-they-or-won't-they subplot between Maggie and her ex-husband. Romance readers will find the slow burn between Maggie and Max quite satisfying. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the complimentary copy. Opinions shared here are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janie

    Anyone who has had to write a paper, a story, an essay or a book has experienced writer’s block. Maggie Bliss, best-selling romance novelist, is not only facing writer's block but a tight deadline for the third book of her wildly popular trilogy. She tells her own story with humor and such a refreshing style, that you will be drawn in immediately. We cheer as she kicks out her most recent boyfriend who has no time for anyone but himself AND expects her to cook for his students on 4 hours’ notice Anyone who has had to write a paper, a story, an essay or a book has experienced writer’s block. Maggie Bliss, best-selling romance novelist, is not only facing writer's block but a tight deadline for the third book of her wildly popular trilogy. She tells her own story with humor and such a refreshing style, that you will be drawn in immediately. We cheer as she kicks out her most recent boyfriend who has no time for anyone but himself AND expects her to cook for his students on 4 hours’ notice! Unfortunately, she’s also facing blank pages in her typewriter with no idea how to begin; the offer to stay in Paris at her agent's villa requires no more than a second's thought from Maggie. Surely she'll find her muse there in the City of Love; the only question is will it be her ex-husband who, coincidentally, will be in Paris at the same time? Will it be Jules the farting dog? After all, mallow bars inspired a previous novel! Will it be the wine, bread, and wonderful food of Paris? Or will it be Max, international banker who just happens to be the son of her agent's housekeeper? Maggie tells her own story with laugh out loud moments, enough challenges and twists to keep the reader guessing, and a dry wit that makes this an enjoyable summer romp. Pour a glass of wine, settle in, and enjoy the trip! ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    The TBR Pile *Book review site*

    I like Maggie. She is just lost in her life, unclear on her path but her main goal is finishing her book. I like her focus. The addition of her ex and the Frenchman Max is a nice treat. There’s definitely chemistry between all three but I was routing for one in particular. Full Review - http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/reviews/... I like Maggie. She is just lost in her life, unclear on her path but her main goal is finishing her book. I like her focus. The addition of her ex and the Frenchman Max is a nice treat. There’s definitely chemistry between all three but I was routing for one in particular. Full Review - http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/reviews/...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    I read Maggie Finds Her Muse in a single sitting. I love a good romance, and this one ticked all the boxes for me. I love that Maggie is in her 40s with a grown daughter, knows her own mind, can stand up for herself - and has two sexy suitors . A delightful book! I can't wait to recommend it to my patrons. I read Maggie Finds Her Muse in a single sitting. I love a good romance, and this one ticked all the boxes for me. I love that Maggie is in her 40s with a grown daughter, knows her own mind, can stand up for herself - and has two sexy suitors . A delightful book! I can't wait to recommend it to my patrons.

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