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.