A good romance story, one that doesn’t make you gag, can be hard to find. I’ve done the hard work for you. All you need to do it pick up a copy.
Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara
1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet, and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same.
1963. In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. After dreaming about him for years, Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don’t recognize each other – yet the way they feel is so familiar…
Over the course of twenty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together?
On Goodreads it states that Someday in Paris is perfect for those who enjoyed One Day and The Notebook. Yes! If you’ve read those books you will know the perfect, emotion-filled kind of love story I’m talking about. If not, please be nice as I limp through this review.
Someday in Paris is a real soulmate story and I wanted to pick it up at every chance I got. I was waiting for the part when I would eventually get annoyed by the story and it would become cheesy, but it didn’t happen. That’s not to say that I didn’t get frustrated at points. I got frustrated on one level in a good way; I was invested in Zara and Leon finding each other and would have burst if it happened any later. However, there were also parts of the story that I felt could have been cut and they also frustrated me because I was dying to know what happens at the end.
I guess you’ll want to know about the two main characters, considering this is a love story and the plot is highly dependent on them. I loved them! It was really great following Zara and Leon as they aged, not just to discover out if they eventually find each other, but also to see how they carve out lives for themselves as individuals. Maybe some readers will find them too perfect (they didn’t have any major flaws) but in my opinion, they were very realistic characters. If you prefer characters that are rough around the edges, Someday in Paris has them too. Characters like Vincent and Nicole (Leon’s friends) can be unlikable at times but are complex enough that we understand why and we love them all the same.
Of course, Paris and the art scene was the perfect backdrop for this beautiful story. Why don’t you escape there for a while?
Someday in Paris is available to buy now.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.