Title: Cocktails at Le Carmen
Author: Isabelle Andover
Release Date: June 19, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Fig
Pages: 346 pages
Goodreads Synopsis: “When job cuts at Chloe Saddler’s London communications firm result in an unexpected transfer to Paris, she finds herself leaving behind her friends, family, and boyfriend Scott to start a new life in the City of Light. Getting to grips with La Vie Parisienne and keeping a long-distance relationship afloat is not made any easier by the culture shock. Committing the odd French faux pas and inadvertently indulging in a few too many flirtations with her very sexy (and very taken) boss, Jean-Luc, is just the start of it. Factor in her bridezilla of a sister’s wedding (the hottest event of the year in the Saddler family’s social calendar), an unexpected session of hot, naked yoga, a slightly psychotic stalker, and one incredible kiss at an infamous Montmartre nightspot, and Chloe can say au revoir to her old, safe London life and bonjour to the romance, splendour, and glamour of Paris.“
My Review: I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. I was so pleased and surprised by this book, it was fantastic! I am a fan of chick lit, especially ones that take place in England. This book fits that category perfectly. The main setting is in England and Paris. It talks a lot about the areas where Chloe is moving to, where she visits with great detail. It makes it really easy to imagine each place she visits without taking away from the storyline. I don’t like when books have so much detail that you are just like enough! Not this book, this book makes you want to visit the places and really get a sense of where Chloe is.
The plot is great and intriguing. Chloe is thrown all different kind of obstacles in the time that she has transfered her job. The obstacles are realistic of her age, hilarious at times, heart breaking at times, sometimes you’re rooting for her, and at times you’re scared for her. I can’t tell you what these obstacles are because I don’t want to ruin the book 😉 There is also a bit of suspense when it comes to certain characters, you really start to think omg is this happening?
The characters are another fantastic thing about this book. Chloe is so likeable, Jean-Luc so yummy, and the others you either like or dislike. I find the only way you can talk about characters like this, is if they are well written, as if you knew them through their journey. None of the characters are perfect, each has a flaw, which makes them so much more likeable.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books by Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell, Jane Green, etc. Now anytime someone asks me what a good chick lit book is, I will be telling them about this one!