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The Paris wedding : a novel
Nash, Charlotte, author.
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First William Morrow Paperback
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New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]

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321 pages ; 21 cm
Ten years ago, Rachael West chose not to move to Sydney with high-school sweetheart Matthew. Instead, she stayed on the family wheat farm, caring for her seriously ill mother and letting go of her dreams. Now, Matthew is marrying someone else. And Rachael is invited to the wedding, a lavish affair in Paris, courtesy of the flamboyant family of Matthew's fiancee - a once-in-a-lifetime celebration at someone else's expense in Europe's most romantic city. She is utterly unprepared for what the week brings. Friendships will be upended, secrets will be revealed - and on the eve of the wedding, Rachael is faced with an impossible dilemma: should she give up on the promise of love, or destroy another woman's life for a chance at happiness?
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Originally published in Australia in 2017 by Hachette Australia.
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In Australian bestselling author Charlotte Nash's U.S. debut, a young woman attends her ex-boyfriend's Paris wedding and discovers more than she ever dreamed in the ultimate city of love.

Imagine you are invited to Paris, the City of Love, to witness the wedding of your first love to a woman you've never met. Would you go?

It's been ages since Rachael West has seen the man she once believed she couldn't live without. Receiving his wedding invitation was bittersweet--she was oddly touched he's asked her, but knows that facing him on this day would be the hardest thing she's ever done.

But her friends and family convince her to attend. After all, it's an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris! Surely she can get through that one day, and discover all the delights of that magical city the remainder of the time.

So Rachael leaves her small town, setting off for the City of Lights with her best friend, two feuding neighbors, and a suitcase full of home-sewn couture in tow. She's determined to let Paris work its magic--and it does by way of a handsome photojournalist. And before her adventure is over, Rachael will be faced with yet another choice. But this time, hers isn't the only happiness at risk . . . .

Author Notes

Charlotte Nash was born in England. She completed two degrees in mechanical engineering and medicine. She studied writing, editing and publishing at The University of Queensland. She has worked a variety of jobs including building rockets, traversing the Pilbara mines and scrambling over shiploaders in Newcastle. Currently she is an editor, researcher and author. She has written over fifteen short stories. Her novels include, Ryders Ridge, Iron Junction, Crystal Creek, and The Horseman.

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Booklist Review

Rachael West spent the last decade caring for her ailing mother and working on the family wheat farm. Meanwhile, her friends have gotten married and had families of their own. It's not until she overhears a conversation at her mother's funeral that Rachael wonders what she has missed out on. When she is invited to the wedding of an old boyfriend one she has never gotten over she accepts. However, the City of Lights has more to offer Rachael than just a wedding. Australian author Nash brings love, on many levels, to one of the most romantic cities in the world in her U.S. debut. She fills the story with beautifully vivid descriptions of Paris, eloquent French phrases, and the glamour of a high-end wedding. Readers will be transported to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and other well-known landmarks as Rachael's trip unfolds, all leading up to a shocking climax. The writing is beautiful, the story moving at an even pace with Rachael making various self-discoveries along the way. Perfect for those seeking a romantic read with some bite.--Holt, Erin Copyright 2018 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Rachel West has spent her entire adult life caring for her ailing mother. When her mother passes away after a long illness, -Rachel begins to reevaluate things, particularly her choices to stay and care for her. She keeps coming back to the memory of her first love, Matthew, who left her to study at a university. Coincidentally, she soon receives an all-expenses-paid invitation to Matthew's wedding in Paris. Deciding a change of scenery would be good for her, Rachel takes off with best friend Sammy for the City of Light, along with their constantly warring neighbors. Rachel is able to breathe easier, working through her feelings for Matthew while finding companionship with an intriguing photojournalist. She isn't the only one who needs a breather, however. Sammy and her neighbors soon find that Paris might be healing for them as well. VERDICT A tender story of living through grief and regrets, with secondary characters who provide plenty of color. Recommended for women's fiction collections.-Brooke Bolton, Boonville-Warrick Cty. P.L., IN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.