Book Review: One Evening in Paris by Nicolas Barreau

Posted September 25, 2014 by love2dazzle in Giveaways, New Adult, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: One Evening in Paris by Nicolas BarreauOne Evening in Paris by Nicolas Barreau
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on 2014-07-01
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: St. Martin's Press
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Alain Bonnard, the owner of a small art cinema in Paris, is a dyed-in-the-wool nostalgic. In his Cinéma Paradis there are no buckets of popcorn, no XXL coca-colas, no Hollywood blockbusters. Not a good business plan if you want to survive, but Alain holds firm to his principles of quality. He wants to show films that create dreams, and he likes most of the people that come to his cinema. Particularly the enchanting, shy woman in the red coat who turns up every Wednesday in row 17. What could her story be?  One evening, Alain plucks up courage and invites the unknown beauty to dinner. The most tender of love stories is just getting under way when something incredible happens: The Cinéma Paradis is going to be the location of Allan Woods’ new film Tender Memories of Paris. Solène Avril, the famous American director’s favourite actress, has known the cinema since childhood and has got it into her head that she wants the film to be shot there. Alain is totally overwhelmed when he meets her in person. Suddenly, the little cinema and its owner are the focus of public attention, and the red-plush seats are sold out every evening.But the mystery woman Alain has just fallen in love with seems suddenly to have vanished. Is this just coincidence? In One Evening in Paris by Nicolas Barreau, Alain sets off in search of her and becomes part of a story more delightful than anything the cinema has to offer.

“One Evening in Paris” by Nicolas Barreau was alright. I can’t say it was excellent but I didn’t hate it either. Alain has inherited a small art cinema in Paris. The popular romance stories of the past bring Alain peace and it seems to complete his life. But one day a girl in a red coat changes his life. their is a girl that comes in a red coat, who sits in the same seat every Wednesday night and so Alain decides that he wants to get to know her better.

Barreau creates a very delicate romance that is set in Paris. This story is centered around true love. The author brings a story about people who truly fall in love with each other. This is a good story but it doesn’t seem like it could be realistic at all. I don’t see this story happening in real life ever.

I really didn’t like the pace of “One Evening in Paris.” I feel like this story was way too slow and that it didn’t keep up a readable pace. To me it felt like the story was getting slower and slower. This was probably one of the slowest love stories that I have every read. It wasn’t that the story is bad because I think the writing is really good. I just thought it was too slow.



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About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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