Note to self: don’t sleep with your flatmate after a curry and three bottles of wine… especially if he’s secretly in love with you and wants you to meet his mum.
Cat Parsons is on the run. She doesn’t do relationships. After ten years of singlehood even the hint of the ‘L’ word is enough to get Cat packing her bags and booking herself onto a two-week holiday.
A European bus tour feels like a stroke of genius to dodge awkward conversations at home. But little does Cat realise that the first stop will be Paris, the city of love itself.
Joined by new friends, Cat has got two weeks, eight countries and a hell of a lot of wine ahead of her. As they discover hidden treasures and the camaraderie of life on the road, will Cat find a new way of looking at love?
With the current Covid-19 crisis going on, the only way we can travel at the moment is through books. That Night In Paris is a great one to widen your horizons beyond lockdown. And keeping the travel theme going, it’s great to be at the departure point of this book’s tour. So clamber up the steps with your over-the-limit hand baggage with me, beat that old lady to the last window seat and enjoy what I’m sure is going to be a wonderful ride!
Our heroine Cat joins a European Tour at the last moment to flee a romantic entanglement. She bumps into several other people on the coach with her who are also escaping various issues. I think it’s fair to say that anyone who signs up with this particular travel company has to be fairly desperate in one way or another. Some of their stopovers are a little dodgy. However, coach travel itself is a wonderful way to see places on a tight budget, so I’m glad it’s featured in this novel, even if not always in the most flattering way!
There’s an element of travelogue in the novel, with good descriptions and a pervading sense of place and hurried movement. There’s are many warm and convincing interactions between various characters, and to spice things up there’s a touch of romance.
The story is entertaining. Cat with her faults and foibles undeniably makes for an interesting central character, although she’s not the most sympathetic or easiest to like. She’s the sort who’ll always fall on her feet, when the occasional landing on her head is what she deserves and what would perhaps sort her out a bit!
The book is part of a series – The Holiday Romance series – so that’s good news as it means there’s more to come from this author.
All in all, this is a fun, sparkling and enjoyable read.
About the author
Sandy Barker is an Australian writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list and a cheeky sense of humour. Many of Sandy’s travel adventures have found homes in her writing, including her debut novel, a contemporary romance set in Greece, which was inspired by her true-life love story. Follow her on Twitter @sandybarker