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The last time I saw Paris
Adler, Elizabeth (Elizabeth A.)
1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2008.

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296 pages : map ; 21 cm
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.
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Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001.

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Angry when her husband backs out of their second honeymoon in Paris, Lara, a fortysomething woman whose marriage to a busy surgeon is falling apart, asks the thirty-two-year-old construction worker repairing her deck to accompany her on the trip, embarking on a madcap, romantic adventure that transforms her life. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.


Paris, the most romantic city on earth, is a place of second honeymoons and newly discovered passions. It lures us with a banquet of tastes, sound, 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 forty-something 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, explorethe same villages. But when her surgeon-husband tells her at the last minutes that there's another woman, Lara's heart is broken...almost.

Somewhere along the road of life, Lara has lost herself. but she makes a bold move. She decides to invite a man she hardly know to take the trip with her, a much younger man. What follows is the story of two innocent Americans stumbling through France in a madcap romantic adventure that begins with missed connections, lost luggage, and language barriers, and ends up being one woman's journey to find herself and the love that has eluded her all her life...

Author Notes

Writer Elizabeth Adler grew up in Yorkshire in the north of England. She has written over twenty novels including Fortune Is a Woman; The Last Time I Saw Paris; Summer in Tuscany; Invitation to Provence; Meet Me in Venice; and There's Something About St. Tropez. In her books, she describes in great detail the clothing and perfume her characters wear to the scented candles, sofas, pillows, beds and rugs that they have because she believes it tells you more about who they are. She believes that it's the small details that make her stories come to life. She also includes many of her own recipes in her books.

(Bowker Author Biography) Elizabeth Adler is the internationally best-selling author of twelve previous novels. She lives in Southern California.

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Booklist Review

The last time Lara saw Paris she was an innocent 20-year-old bride, embarking on the perfect honeymoon. That was then. This is now: she's 45, her marriage is on the rocks, and her self-esteem is in the basement. When her husband tells her that he and his perky blond protegemust extend their international business trip for a few more weeks, Lara's long-planned romantic second honeymoon in Paris seems doomed. Or is it? What's good for the gander is good for the goose, so when Lara strikes up a "friendship" with a handsome young construction worker, the Paris trip is suddenly back on track. As Lara drags the unsuspecting Dan to the same hotels and restaurants that seemed so idyllic her first time around, she's forced to confront memories that have both formed and misled her throughout her marriage. Her outward adventures lead to an inward journey of self-discovery as Lara reconciles the woman she once was with the woman she was meant to be. ^-Carol Haggas

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.