Kate loves her family more than anything, but recently she has started to feel invisible. Lying awake at three a.m. as her husband snores, panicking about shopping lists, birthday parties, and the school bake sale…
She finds herself in the kitchen, gulping water, staring at a postcard of the Eiffel Tower from Shannon, her best friend.
Paris, with its red wine, slippery cobbles and curly lamp posts. Where the scent of freshly-baked croissants hangs in the air, and Kate last remembers feeling like herself.
The postcard is a year old. It has just one line on it: When are you coming?
I have read, reviewed and loved a couple of Emma’s books now. When you pick up one of her books, you know that you are going to be in for one heck of a read. I read the synopsis for ‘One Way Ticket To Paris’ and I knew that I had to read it. I am so glad that I did because I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.
I have to admit that I warmed to Kate from the start although certain aspects of her behaviour did baffle me. Kate is a loving mother, who feels as though she is being taken for granted by her husband and her kids. She is also bored of her life and she feels that she needs a bit of excitement. Kate decides that she just has to get away and the sooner the better. She jumps on the train to Paris without telling her husband what she is up to and without leaving any notes of any kind. This is where I had a smidgen of difficulty to understand her actions. Don’t get me wrong I felt for her and could understand her desire to take time out as everybody needs to escape every once in a while but I couldn’t understand how a mother could walk out on her young children. The husband- yes but the children – no. I guess that we all have our breaking point and Kate has reached her own breaking point. That little niggle aside Kate is a lovely sort of a person. She is kind, she is loyal, she is determined, she is feisty, she is somebody who would help anybody if she could, she is a fantastic friend and she is somebody I could see myself getting along well with. Kate’s friend Shannon lives in Paris and I could see how and why they got on so well. Shannon has her own problems bubbling away but I don’t want to type too much about those as I don’t want to give too much away.
‘One Way Ticket To Paris’ is a funny, emotive, romantic and ultimately heartwarming read. I was hooked on the story from the moment I ‘met’ Kate for the first time so to speak. I took to Kate so much that I just couldn’t stop reading. The author’s writing style is such that you can’t help but be drawn into the story and bam before you know it you are addicted. That’s what happened to me anyway. I picked this book up at an ideal time. I needed a distraction from everyday life and I was in need of being cheered up. This book ticked both boxes and then some. I can honestly say that I was chuckling away to myself throughout the book. The more I read, the more I needed to read and the more urgent became my need to find out if everything worked out for Kate. I guess the underlying message from this book is that everybody occasionally needs time to themselves and that they need to prioritise their own well being rather than prioritise everybody else above themselves. That’s certainly something I can identify this as I was once told the exact same thing. There are several twists and turns to the story- some of which I did not see coming.
In short, this is one seriously fantastic book and it is sure to be a runaway bestseller. I would definitely recommend this author and her books to other readers. ‘One Way Ticket To Paris’ is my favourite Emma Robinson book so far. I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next. Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.