Review of It Started With Paris – Cathy Kelly

Posted: November 25, 2014 in chick lit, Review, romance
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Michael proposes to his long-term girlfriend Katy atop of the Eiffel Tower. Her delighted yes will have an impact on the many lives around them.

Leila is Katy’s best friend, who leads a glamorous life promoting films but is struggling to cope after her adored husband left her. Then her beloved mother has an accident and needs help which her sister can’t give, being a busy solo mum. Leila splits her time between her hectic Dublin lifestyle and taking care of her mum in Bridgeport, a small Irish community, while battling her guilt at not being there for her for years.

Vonnie is an ex-pat American who owns THE cake store for Bridgeport weddings. Widowed with a teenage son, she has found love again with a divorced father of two girls. His ex-wife hasn’t accepted the divorce though and causes a lot of disruptions in their lives.

Grace is Michael’s mother, a caring primary school principal who is long divorced from his father but has mixed feelings about seeing her ex-husband again. A former head of Vonnie’s step-daughter, she’s worried about her.

The characters were interesting and likeable, with the story looking at the lives the wedding touches rather than yet another traditional love story. The various stories of the characters intertwine, showing how their lives overlap. The book has themes relevant to people’s lives, such as heartbreak divorce, family drama, eating disorder illness, aging, and most of all, friendship. This is a fun, enjoyable read and fans of Cathy Kelly will not be disappointed.

Orion

Supplied by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

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