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Last Time I Saw Paris, The: A Novel [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Adler
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June 19 2001
Paris: the most romantic city on earth. A place of second honeymoons and newly discovered passions.A banquet of tastes, sounds, sights, and smells.And for Lara Lewis, it is the place where she and her husband once experienced love at its best.Now, it is a place where fortysomething Lara believes she can rekindle her marriage. She plans the most romantic adventure: to retrace her first honeymoon with her husband.Visit the same sights.Eat in the same restaurants.Explore the same villages.But when her surgeon husband tells her at the last minute that the marriage is over-- there`s another woman--Lara`s heart is broken....almost.Somewhere along the road of life, Lara has lost herself.But Lara makes a bold move: she decides to invite a man she hardly knows to take the trip with her.A man much younger than she.A man who is out of her usual realm.What follows is a madcap romantic adventure that begins with missed connections, lost luggage, and language barriers, and ends upbeing one woman`s journey to find herself and the love that has eluded her all her life.AUTHORBIO: Elizabeth Adler is the author of fourteen novels. She is a frequent traveler to France and has owned properties in Provence and the Dordogne. In The Last Time I Saw Paris, every restaurant, shop, hotel, and village actually exists and has been described with great affection by the author.Elizabeth Adler lives in southern California.

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Lara Lewis, the befuddled protagonist of this coming-of-middle-age novel, is a curvy, knockout 45-year-old, unaware of her beauty. All she notices is her aging, not her assets, and it doesn't help that her snooty doctor husband, Bill, is probably having an affair with his pert, younger blonde colleague. He blows off a planned second honeymoon in Paris to go to China with Melissa, ostensibly on a medical mission. Devastated, Lara goes to their beach house to think. While there, she discovers repairs that need to be done and calls contractor Dan, who turns out to be a 32-year-old Adonis who appreciates her just as she is. As repairs continue, they get acquainted and find a mutual unspoken attraction hovering between them. When that passion is acted upon, Lara feels she's found something that has always been missing in her life, and with the concerned blessings of her friends, decides to ask Dan to go on the Paris trip, but doesn't tell him it was to be her second honeymoon. The whole trip reminds her of her time there with Bill, but the passage of time dispels the gold-tinted lie she'd believed in it seems that Bill was always a jerk, and she was just too young and starry-eyed to see it. But will she let her history with her husband, the father of her children, keep her from dumping the fool for someone who loves and values her? The popular Adler (In a Heartbeat; All or Nothing) gets the dynamics of a new relationship pitch-perfect, even if her heroine seems too na‹ve to be true and her hero too perfect. But it's the detailed, realistic description of the trip to France airline delays and hotel reservation mishaps included that makes her latest great vicarious vacation reading.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Another Before and After tale? Fortyish Lara is so vexed when her preoccupied husband backs out of a second honeymoon in Paris they had planned that she impulsively asks the guy who is fixing her deck to come with her instead.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quelle horreur! Dec 11 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked this up at the library as I love to travel and have been to France a lot. It looked like a light novel, but I had no familiarity with this author and wanted a light weekend read. Well, it was light, that's for sure -- about as much substance as a soap opera or reality TV. This is just garbage, and couldn't even be considered literature. It's meant to appeal to female almost-middle-age readers who need to escape from their humdrum lives and think somehow it is possible to find true love with the much-younger deck guy in a couple days after their husband dumps them for the cliche younger woman and this will solve all their problems. I actually am in those demographics (40-something female) but find this insulting.
The plot is absurd; there is no character development or any reason for these two to get together. Lara is not remotely interesting, and her gaggle of girlfriends are equally shallow and annoying. There isn't any explanation of why this guy would fall for her except the usual pandering to the intended audience of how shallow younger women are (and Lara is supposedly so deep, hah, given all she does is shop and whine and has the intellect of a bowl of jello and the maturity of a 12-year old girl). I gather the audience for these romance novels like to read about shopping and restaurants as there are many descriptions of those (vicarious shopping, I guess). I suppose the author went to France once and made notes of hotels and places to put in a novel with no plot and she learned a few French words she likes to throw around. I don't understand the appeal of that except it's probably some kind of snobbism (look how cool I am to name drop places of inns in the Dordogne, etc).
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While it was an easy read, as most romances are, I found the plot and the events happening therein extremely trite and redundant. A middle-aged woman escapes to Paris with a younger man after finding out her husband has been cheating on her (promising enough) but what ensues are repetitive descriptions of charming French inns, exotic food (if she mentions getting a "grand crème" one more time, I will scream!), and tepid, sentimental erotic encounters. Each chapter plays like the one before it: Lara loves the scenery, Lara loves Dan, Lara experiences self-doubt, Lara and Dan quibble, Lara goes shopping, Lara and Dan make love, Lara feels better. Ugh. Maybe a 7th grader would consider this marginally interesting, but I consider it something that would tire even the most bored, romantically-deprived reader. Check it out at your local library (at your own risk).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is Paris Lovelier the Second Time Around? Jan. 22 2003
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I recently read and loved Summer in Tuscany by Elizabeth Adler. Shortly afterwards I came across The Last Time I Saw Paris by the same author and while I enjoyed this book it wasn't nearly as good as Summer in Tuscany. Whereas Summer in Tuscany was a fun-filled read which almost served as a travelogue of the region, The Last Time I Saw Paris had a rather silly premise and didn't describe Paris nearly as interestingly as the former book.
After almost 25 years of marriage, Lara plans a trip to Paris to celebrate this milestone anniversary. But more than this it is an attempt to revitalize her failing marriage. Remembering back to their honeymoon plans every detail exactly the same as it was during their honeymoon hoping they can recreate those fun-free and happy days. Or at least this is the way Lara chooses to remember them. But Lara's husband has a surprise for her. Not only doesn't he want to recreate their honeymoon 25 years later, he no longer wants to be married to Lara preferring the company of a much younger colleague. Licking her wounds, Lara retreats to their beach house where she meets the contractor they previously hired for some odd jobs. He is young, good looking and Lara is immediately attracted to him. During a hasty moment Lara invites him to accompany her on this trip and he accepts. As one can imagine these two are now in for some very madcap and hilarious moments as everything that can happen to tourists happens to them. They arrive in Paris to find their luggage is missing, they have no reservations in a small French town and during a violent rainstorm their car breaks down. In a rather predictable plot, Lara and Don find themselves beginning a relationship in the city of love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second chances Dec 23 2002
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Lara Lewis is concerned about her marriage to a self-absorbed Doctor, and decides that a second honeymoon to Paris is just what the Dr. ordered. Unfortunately the Dr. disagrees and backs out of the trip in order to accompany a younger woman on a business trip. Lara is heartbroken and thinks she will have to go to Paris alone, but meanwhile she meets a young handyman at her beach house, and decides to take him along. During the trip, she compares her new experiences with Dan to the ones she has imagined she had with her husband. She learns some surprising truths about herself and her marriage and emerges from the trip with new confidence. The author obviously has a knowledge of and love for France and she describes the countryside in a way which makes the reader want to go and see the sights in person.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Last Time Adler Saw Paris
Adler has such marvelous talent, but I found this book a travelogue with sex and no development of plot. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Adler did it again.
Elizabeth Adler's books always entertain, they always bring smiles to my face and sometimes an ache in my heart, I'm so involved with her characters, but it's hard to beat Lara and... Read more
Published on July 29 2002 by Christina Fordham
3.0 out of 5 stars Great travel package but weak romance baggage
Though Elizabeth Adler's latest novella blends in a potent fusion of romance and wanderlust, the cardboard-romance can never measure up to the pleasures derived from her vivid... Read more
Published on July 19 2002 by Desmond Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisk you away romance
I really enjoyed this book. It is such a wonderful
love story. You just want to stop everyday life
and go on vacation to Paris.
Published on July 17 2002 by "bonnieblu"
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This Book!
I don't usually 'review' books but I had to write about this one. I want to say I loved The Last Time I Saw Paris. I've read it twice and passed it on to my friends. Read more
Published on July 3 2002 by Terri Hensel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars For This Fun French Adventure
I've traveled to France many times and I followed Elizabeth Adler's characters on their journey, using the Michelin Guide as a check for the places I wasn't familiar with. Read more
Published on May 28 2002 by Breanna Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Did Adler really write this???
I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Adler (Legacy of Secrets and Fortune is a Woman are two of my favorites) but if I didn't know better, I would think that this book had been written by... Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2002 by Susan Medlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I just finished reading The last time I saw Paris, I loved it! This was the first book i have read by Elizabeth Adler. She made the characters really come to life. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2001 by Miranda Moronta
5.0 out of 5 stars I saw Paris again!
How talented she is! Elizabeth Adler made another classic! I recently read "The Last Time I Saw Paris", and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2001
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