Monday, August 10, 2015
Review - Cocktails at Le Carmen by Isabelle Andover
When job cuts at Chloe Saddler’s London communications firm result in an unexpected transfer to Paris, she finds herself leaving behind her friends, family, and boyfriend Scott to start a new life in the City of Light. Getting to grips with La Vie Parisienne and keeping a long-distance relationship afloat is not made any easier by the culture shock. Committing the odd French faux pas and inadvertently indulging in a few too many flirtations with her very sexy (and very taken) boss, Jean-Luc, is just the start of it. Factor in her bridezilla of a sister’s wedding (the hottest event of the year in the Saddler family’s social calendar), an unexpected session of hot, naked yoga, a slightly psychotic stalker, and one incredible kiss at an infamous Montmartre nightspot, and Chloe can say au revoir to her old, safe London life and bonjour to the romance, splendour, and glamour of Paris.
What a lovely story set in London and Paris! Two cities that I would love to venture to one day soon. This story cemented those dreams even more into my bucket list with every page turned.
Chloe seemed to have everything she ever wanted - a steady job, a nice flat in London and her boyfriend Scott. Then her life is turned upside down - she is being sent to Paris for her job! At first she is not sure how to take this news - 1st happy thought - At least she still has a job - 2nd happy thought - She enjoyed Paris from her previous stay - 3rd happy thought - She and Scott could move together and continue their relationship.
Her family is happy for her new career opportunity but Scott isn't as excited. He job is here and he doesn't plan to leave, they can handle a long distance relationship (or so he says).
So Chloe heads to Paris - her first mistake - not looking for a proper place to live a lot sooner - I can't believe how crazy the housing scene is in Paris! Talk about stress!
Thank goodness her boss steps in and offers her a temporary place to stay while she continues to look.
And let me tell you - Jean-Luc sounds like an absolute dream! How will she get any work done - let alone stay in the same flat with him and his expecting gf Isabelle.
Thank goodness for all the friend that Chloe has made along the way! They have helped her find a permanent place to lay her head, comfort when she is down, fine nights out drinking, excellent clothing advice (and pieces to borrow) and so much more!
The story has ups and down around every corner - from cheating boyfriends, to new roommates, to new friends, a new boyfriend and crazy family.
How does this girl do it without cracking is beyond me! My head would be spinning!
There are so many scenic examples of Paris - you will want to take a trip there sooner rather than later!
I had to slightly deviate from my wine selection with this piece and go with Chloe's signature drink - The White Russian! Cheers Chloe!
I give this book 5 wine glasses - I am so happy that I read it and I can't wait to recommend it to everyone that I know!