Paris for One by Jojo Moyes Review

Paris for One by Jojo Moyes review
Paris for One and other stories by Jojo Moyes, ISBN 9781405928168, 336pp

Paris for One is a short story collection by Jojo Moyes. I’m a big fan of Jojo Moyes but I don’t usually like reading short stories. I personally prefer novel length books to short stories as just when I start getting invested in the characters and plot BAM… the story ends.

BUT I really enjoyed Paris for One. Firstly, because I love the way Jojo Moyes writes and have read so many of her books over the years. Secondly, because it was a great collection of stories. And lastly, because dipping in and out of these short stories made for great reading at a time when I was finding it hard to concentrate on my reading.

I started with all the short stories in the back of the book and then read Paris for One which was the longest story in the collection. I really enjoyed reading this story because of the Paris setting, the relatable characters and because it reminded me of my own Paris adventures many years ago. There’s also a second unrelated story set in Paris – Honeymoon in Paris – which was a lovely read. I just found out that this short story is connected to a novel sized book I own called The Girl You Left Behind. My husband bought this book second-hand for me recently so I’m keen to read this sometime soon.

Jojo Moyes creates such relatable female characters and puts them in everyday situations that readers can laugh and sympathise over. It’s such a pleasure to read her novels. So I think this book may have gotten me over my short story bias. I have to admit it’s fun to dip in and out of a book like this on a lazy afternoon.

Verdict: A lovely, entertaining short story collection from a fantastic author.

14 thoughts on “Paris for One by Jojo Moyes Review

  1. Rebecca Hills April 3, 2019 / 6:37 pm

    I tend feel the same way that you do about short stories but also really enjoyed Paris for One. If youโ€™re looking for more, I also read The Overcast Hours recently (you can find the review on my blog) which is another great collection of short stories that had me hooked.

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    • Janereads April 3, 2019 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation. I will have to check out your review. ๐Ÿ˜Š


  2. Shalini April 3, 2019 / 10:25 pm

    Seems like a fun read. Great review. I find I canโ€™t review a book of short stories well. You have done a fab job

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  3. Lady B April 5, 2019 / 5:08 pm

    I like short stories but like collections of poems, there are usually some really weak ones in every collection of short stories I’ve read which leaves one wondering how they made the cut. I sometimes get bored with full length books and short stories which feels like reading several small books works for me especially during those periods.


    • Janereads April 8, 2019 / 2:50 pm

      You’re right! There are always weaker stories in a short story collection. But they are good to dip in and out of when you’re reading other books.


  4. Kathleen April 7, 2019 / 1:52 am

    We spoke about Jojo at the office the other day. Will definitely have a look at this book. Thanks for the review ๐Ÿ˜Š


    • Janereads April 8, 2019 / 2:48 pm

      You’re welcome! I hope you get to read it soon.


  5. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins April 11, 2019 / 11:42 am

    I used to feel the same way about short story collections, but lately I’m gravitating towards them more and more. I think writers like Jennifer Down have given me a real appreciation for the beauty of a shorter form, and how difficult it is to do it well. This one sounds wonderful, glad you enjoyed it! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

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    • Janereads April 12, 2019 / 2:44 pm

      You’re so right! It is hard to write in short form. I certainly can’t do it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. theorangutanlibrarian May 6, 2019 / 1:40 am

    I also prefer novel length books, but I’m always up for trying a good collection, so I’m glad to hear this one worked! I definitely agree that Moyes creates believable, relatable female characters. Awesome review!

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