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Chasing Paris A Book Review

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Chasing Paris

Written By Jen Carter

 Published January  2012 By Createspace

Format Read Kindle Ebook

255 pages

Amy Winthrow is shocked when her grandmother dies—not because Elizabeth Hathaway’s death is unexpected but because her existence had always been hidden. Ever-inquisitive and prone to letting her imagination get the best of her, Amy embarks upon a journey with an unlikely friend to unravel the mysteries of the elusive Lizzie Hathaway. As she follows the trail of broken dreams and promises of her grandmother’s life, Amy finds herself on a path of accidental self-discovery—a path that she chases all the way to Paris where Lizzie’s story ends and Amy’s begins. (Synopsis from goodreads)

This book sounded like it was going to be so good. It had 2 elements that I love, a family mystery/secret, and a Paris setting. Those two things are the reason I decided to read the book. Unfortunately the family secret was lackluster and Paris played a part but not in the way the description implies.I felt like this book never really got off the ground. It seemed almost flat and none of the characters were particularly fleshed out or well-developed. Amy the main character was probably the person we get to know best but even she stays pretty surface. The mystery she sets out to solve is completely anti-climactic, and has been kept  from both Amy and her sister April but I couldn’t figure out why. Yes it was sad and painful but not the kind of thing that really needs to be kept a secret. The love story that plays a role didn’t have much love involved neither person seemed particularly invested in the other, and they never even said the word love.  I get that we are supposed to see a parallel between Amy and the grandmother she never knew but it didn’t really fit. I also, couldn’t understand why Amy needed to go on this journey of self discovery in the first place.  I could never quite get involved in the story and so I never felt connected to the characters. Overall this was a waste of reading time, a book I will probably forget I read in a few months.

Until Next Time

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