It Happened in Paris by Molly Hopkins

Evie Dexter is looking for a new path in life, and manages to land herself a new job as a tour guide in Paris. However, things aren’t as easy as she thought they would be, as her lack of travel experience threatens to hinder her, but can she manages to make it as a successful tour guide? With the assistance of coach driver, Rob, this new path takes her to a whole new experience…

I enjoyed the story as a whole. It Happened in Paris was a good read. 75% of it is devoted to sex, or talking about sex (so not recommended for those who don’t like reading about it) but the friendships that Evie has and her romance with Rob is worth reading. Evie is a selfish and irresponsible person, but I can’t help but admire the way in which she turns a bad situation around in her favour, sometimes with hilarious consequences. Rob is someone that the reader doesn’t get to know much about as a person, and perhaps he could have been developed further. Evie’s best friend, Lulu, is funny, although at times, slightly over-the-top and behaving very unfriendlike…Hopkins’ descriptions of the sights of Paris are wondrous.

Plotwise, well there isn’t much of a plot at first. The first half is mainly made up of sex, sex, sex. Halfway though, an event happens that makes Evie question her new-found happiness, and the story develops further as she attempts to find herself. I found the ending complete unexpected (apart from the sex bit) as I though Nikki, Evie’s friend, would play a bigger role. There is a sequel, It Happened in Venice, so it will be interesting to see how Evie’s story continues. Overall, a good read, although I wish there was less emphasis on sex. 3.5 stars.

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