Last Time I Saw Paris, The: A Novel Hardcover – Jun 19 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
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 nave 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.
From Library Journal
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Adler's affectionate prose pours over the flight delays, messed-up hotel reservations and lost directions in France. Her penchance for details judiciously sums up the beauty in Provence, the glamor in Cannes and the architectural majesty of the Louvres. Cafes, delicacies like prunes and wine sumptuously tease the imaginations of readers. It's great fun and certainly vivacious travel read. The same though cannot be said of the monotonous romance that interrupts the flow of the travel passage with over-dramatized passion. The naive and indecisive Lara is difficult to empathize with. She punctuates the novel with wanting to reconcile with her betraying husband (read:weak) and afraid to love Dan. The conflicts drone on but it's really the travelling we are interested in.
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003
Adler has such marvelous talent, but I found this book a travelogue with sex and no development of plot. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2002
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 morePublished on July 29 2002 by Christina Fordham
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.
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 morePublished on July 3 2002 by Terri Hensel
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 morePublished on Jan. 28 2002 by Susan Medlin
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 morePublished on Dec 2 2001 by Miranda Moronta