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Publisher's Summary

One of Popsugar’s Best New Books for Summer 2020 

A 30-year-old woman retraces her gap year through Ireland, France, and Italy to find love - and herself - in this hilarious and heartfelt novel.

It's been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong postcollege European adventure. Since then, she's lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea's thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knightley, her status as most successful moneymaker is unquestioned. 

When her introverted mathematician father announces he's getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her year abroad. Inspired to retrace her steps - to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy - Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago can help her find it again. 

From the start of her journey nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected.

©2020 Jenn McKinlay (P)2020 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“A playful breezy read that I couldn't put down!”­ (Abby Jimenez, USA Today best-selling author of The Friend Zone)

“A delightful romance with characters I adored! Jenn McKinlay takes readers along on a fun and charming adventure in Paris Is Always a Good Idea.” (Emily March, New York Times best-selling author) 

Eat Pray Love meets Mamma Mia! I devoured this clever novel in one sitting!” (Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times best-selling author) 

What listeners say about Paris Is Always a Good Idea

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Love! Love! Love!

Such an exciting and fresh story! Definitely worth a second listen :) Maybe even third on some parts! I loved all of the characters and the story line. Did not want to turn it off, and now I am sad the book ended. Highly recommend it for anyone in search of a light and happy love story without many bed scenes and with deep emotional connection.

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Loved this!

I completely did not expect this ending!! fantastic feel good story - well narrated too!!

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meh

a decent light read, however I didn't really enjoy the main character or the narration. Found the main character unlikable and irritating.

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Made me want to search for love

Although the storyline was a little weird and I question the realistic essence of the plot Kline, I LOVED this book. It made me feel all loves and the the ups and downs and most importantly it made me want to find love of my own!

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  • Dayhiker
  • 2021-01-19

Wonderful Story, Beautifully Read

Brittany Pressley' s varying voices and accents enhance a heart warming, romantic romp through Europe.

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  • Karla L. Thorstad
  • 2021-01-07

Beautiful romance story!

What a lovely audio book. I love the story and I love the narrator. Highly recommend it!

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  • Josh Simon
  • 2020-11-20

Saccharine

What a huge disappointment! I kept getting pulled in by some of the storyline, but was so turned off by the reading of the different voices and such a loosely tied storyline. The fact that she calls this new woman mom at the end it’s just Hollywood BS. Not what we want to read about in a book about real people. I don’t even think in Hollywood this would be acceptable. She has a mom, she could have just said welcome to the family. This was over the top trying to hard. Waste of my time.

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  • Doha
  • 2020-09-25

AMAZING BOOK !!

WOW WOW WOW I LOVED this sooo much <3 <3 <3 The Story is about Chelsea who one day discovers that everyone in her life moved on from the tragic death of her mother ( due to cancer) except for her, so she decides to travel to Europe ( Ireland , Paris and Italy ) to find the three men she fell in love with when she was young .. and the story picks up from there I LOVED everything about this book, from the setting to the characters and of course THE ROMANCE !!! it was soo beautifully done .. I love it and I want more books like this one The narrator was equally amazing and I loved her performance so much .. most recommended read :)

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  • poetiquejustis
  • 2020-08-29

Charming!

I really enjoyed this. Wonderful weekend read! From Boston to Paris fun, family, and romance. Great reader

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  • Donna
  • 2020-08-16

Great Read

This book is an awesome read. I couldn't put it down and read it in one day. I didn't want it to end.

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  • Kendra
  • 2020-07-25

Boring

I couldn’t finish this book. It was so boring and I didn’t like the accents of some of the characters. I found it distracting.