Fiona Tulle recently posted a review of From Paris to Forever. You can read on, or view it on Fiona’s site here.
One of the best (and hardest) parts of being a reviewer is reading an ARC before everyone else. As a reviewer I get to take a peek into a magical world before everyone else, and am dealt with the task of reviewing the work authentically and honestly. It is always my honor to review debut novels from authors that are unpublished and from those I am new to, and this book is one of them.
From Paris to Forever is Savannah Blaize’s debut novel. The best way to describe this story is, a slow burn. (A play on words if you’ve read the book.) The story is based on Chloe, your main female character who suffers a career-ending injury. She returns home to handle the estate of her father who recently passed away. She is fiercely independent but struggles to open her heart to others. Then you meet, Todd. Todd is a businessman with his eyes set on Chloe’s property. He is a player, a heartbreaker and he was determined to get his hands on Chloe’s land to make himself a profit.
Savannah does a beautiful job taking you through the roller coaster (but not in a bad way) journey Chloe and Todd take together. Baggage from both has to be undone for their relationship to work. Do they manage to unpack all the emotions their souls carry and break down walls that protect their hearts? As a reader, you get to see it from a unique perspective and fall in love with both Chloe and Todd, together.
Savannah’s strength is in developing Chloe and Todd into characters that you love. She pulls their strengths and weaknesses together without being cliché. I personally hated Todd, but that was a sign that she was doing her job in creating this character for the reader. Trust me though, you grow to love Todd by the end. #TeamTodd, anyone?
There is a lot of emotion in this book, and you ride them all. There is a moment where I wanted to hate Savannah for making something happen. (I will not spoil it), but it was a much needed boat rocking for the reader and for one of the main characters. If you like this kind of experience you really should pick this up.
This is the part that is new to my new reviews, instead of rating the books by stars, I will rate them by the following questions:
Will I recommend this book to my friends?
YES! Especially my friends who like to fall in love with the characters and ride the roller coaster with them. This book isn’t for the reader looking for a hot sizzling romance. This book is for the romance-lover, heart on the sleeve reader.
Will I purchase this book when it comes out?
Yes. I believe this book deserves leverage in the market. It is a story beautifully written and thoughtfully put together.