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3.75 starstw death of a parent death of a sibling cancer brief mention of self harmThis 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 starstw death of a parent death of a sibling cancer brief mention of self harmThis 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 Mmmm the idea of a vicarious vacation is so appealing right now 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 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 Review coming Do yourself a favor and preorder it. 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 3.5 stars *READ KINDLE ⇷ Paris Is Always a Good Idea ⇵ 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 UnquestionedWhen 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 AgainFrom 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 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 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.