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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

A Paris Fairy Tale by Marie Laval- Feature and Review


A wonderful new book from the author of the best selling novel, Little Pink Taxi 
Is Paris the city of happily ever afters? 
Workaholic art historian Aurora Black doesn’t have time for fairy tales or Prince Charmings, even in the most romantic city in the world. She has recently been hired by a Parisian auction house for a job that could make or break her career. Unfortunately, daredevil journalist Cédric Castel seems intent on disrupting Aurora’s routine. 
As Aurora and Cédric embark on a journey across France, they get more than they bargained for as they find themselves battling rogue antiques dealers and personal demons, not to mention a growing attraction to each other. 
But with the help of a fairy godmother or two, could they both find their happily ever afters



A Paris Fairy TaleA Paris Fairy Tale by Marie Laval
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Paris Fairy Tale by Marie Laval is a 2019 Choc Lit publication.


The most romantic city in the world!

Or is it?

For Aurora, Paris harbors no “Prince Charming”, no “Happy ever after”, or fairy tales. She has no confidence in her self-image, in part, due to the scars left behind from a tragic car accident that claimed the life of her parents, when she was a child.

So, no, Aurora hasn’t traveled to France for romantic reasons. As a Paleographer, Aurora is in Paris in a professional capacity, having been hired to authenticate an ancient manuscript. However, she immediately runs afoul of Cédric Castel, a journalist with an adventurous streak. Cédric is convinced Aurora is in on a sinister scheme with her employers, who have hired a group of Russian thugs as guards. No, that’s not suspicious!

But as Cédric begins to shadow her, he realizes she is sincere and very good at her job- which could put her in grave danger. Having gotten off on the wrong foot, the couple is surprised by the level of attraction they share and the chemistry that bounces off them like fire and ice.

Meanwhile, Aurora and Cédric must also cope with various personal issues, while they work to uncover a stunning conspiracy.

I enjoyed every moment of this book! The premise is original and Aurora’s career choice is interesting for starters.

The story moves at a brisk pace, but not at the expense of the characters or plot development. The characterizations are marvelous, as is the dialogue. The banter between Aurora and Cédric is truly delightful and amusing, but at times poignant. There is plenty of mystery and adventure to go along with the romance and was very suspenseful at times.

Overall, this is a well- rounded story, emotive, suspenseful, but packed with plenty of fairy tale charm. Fans of contemporary romance and romantic suspense will especially enjoy this one, but there is a little something in this one for everyone.





Originally from Lyon in France, Marie Laval now lives in the beautiful Rossendale Valley, Lancashire, England. She writes contemporary and historical romance, always with a French twist. Her novels are published by Accent Press, and Little Pink Taxi, her latest romantic comedy novel, is published by Choc Lit

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