Paris Is Always a Good Idea (Paperback)

A Novel

By Nicolas Barreau

St. Martin's Griffin, 9781250072771, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 29, 2016

List Price: 15.99*
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Rosalie Laurent is the proud owner of Luna Luna, a little postcard shop in Saint-Germain, and if it were up to her, far more people would write cards. Her specialty is producing “wishing cards,” but where her own wishes are concerned, the quirky graphic artist is far from lucky. Every birthday Rosalie sends a card inscribed with her heart’s desire fluttering down from the Eiffel Tower—but none of her wishes has ever been fulfilled.

Then one day when an elderly gentleman trips in her shop and knocks over a postcard stand, it seems that her wish cards are working after all. Rosalie finds out that it is Max Marchais, famed and successful author of children’s books who’s fallen into her life. When he asks her to illustrate his new (and probably last) book, Rosalie is only too glad to accept, and the two—very different—maverick artists become friends.

Rosalie’s wishes seem to be coming true at last until a clumsy American professor stumbles into her store with accusations of plagiarism. Rosalie is hard-pressed to know whether love or trouble is blowing through her door these days, but when in doubt, she knows that Paris is always a good idea when one is looking for the truth and finding love.

About the Author

NICOLAS BARREAU was born in Paris, the son of a French father and a German mother. He studied romance languages and literature at the Sorbonne and worked in a bookshop on the Rive Gauche in Paris but is far from an inexperienced bookworm. With his two other successful novels The Woman of My Life and You'll Find Me at the End of the World, he has gained an enthusiastic audience. The Ingredients of Love is his second novel.

Praise For Paris Is Always a Good Idea: A Novel

Praise for Paris is Always a Good Idea:

"Endlessly charming. Barreau creates a delightful, sparkling yet still relatable heroine. [His] distinct style is a genuine pleasure. A perfect gift for a Francophile, or just anyone else who is looking for a charming good time."—Library Journal

"Both humorous and poignant, this novel is for romantics at heart. [...] The book itself carries the heart of Paris within its pages."—RT Book Reviews

"Nicolas Barreau is a master who knows what to bring his readers and make them stand in awe."—Manhattan Book Review

Praise for The Ingredients of Love:

“These are The Ingredients of Love: a delightful heroine, a mysterious hero, romance, Paris, and beaucoup de charme!” —Ellen Sussman, New York Times bestselling author of French Lessons

“I loved every moment of being transported to Paris in this charming, disarming novel about matters of the heart. A gem of a novel, sparkling with surprises.” —Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess' Cooking School and See Jane Date

“A frothy exposé of the perils of book packaging, seasoned with a soupcon of culinary courtship...Lovers of Paris and voyeurs of the French publishing scene will find much to relish.” —Kirkus Reviews