Title: A Canadian in Paris
Author: Vicki Savage
Length: Novella, 41 pgs
Genres: Menage, Erotica, International, Contemporary
TBR Reviewer: Jean
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read
Heat: 4 - Smoking Hot
Forty-something Maggie is at the end of her rope. She never expected to be contemplating death from the dizzying heights of the Eiffel Tower, but also never thought her life would be as painful and useless as it seemed to her at that moment. Being discarded by a partner of seven years, right in the middle of the most romantic city on Earth, was too much for Maggie to bear. As she teeters on the edge of the tower's metal girding, a stranger convinces her to take one last chance on life over a cappuccino. What begins as an act of kindness becomes a journey into the true nature of love, and convinces Maggie that life is truly still worth living. Brice and his friend Claude have captured the magic that is Paris and turned it into a force for good. Expat American Brice can sense Maggie's desperation because he felt the same way himself years earlier. The peaceful healing power of Parisian native Claude's family vineyard is a place that repairs broken souls. Together they show Maggie that she is special and indeed worthy of love.
Love it or hate it, There's a permanent bond between Canada and France by virtue of French settlement throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, hence our dual official languages.The author chooses to ignore this element in the story, as beautiful as it is, and imbue our heroine Maggie with complete ignorance of the French language, which is next to impossible for anyone claiming to be Canadian. Other than The Tower, there is very little reference at all to anything particularly French within the story, so the whole title concept falls a bit flat. This was disappointing in that the title is what drew me to the book. However, the pain and loneliness that drives Maggie to the brink of suicide is all too real in today's society, and the author portrays this well and vividly. Maggie's desperate, final act is clearly a cry for help and it is her good fortune that Brice happens to be within earshot. While it turns out that Brice and Claude's intercession is not by accident, the trio form a loving bond and a happily ever after ending more satisfying than any of them could have imagined.
For all those that seek light and love, there will always be Paris!!