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Goodbye, Paris
Goodbye, Paris: A Novel | Anstey Harris
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Jojo Moyes meets Eleanor Oliphant in Goodbye, Paris, an utterly charming novel that proves that sometimes you have to break your heart to make it whole. Grace once had the beginnings of a promising musical career, but she hasnt been able to play her cello publicly since a traumatic event at music college years ago. Since then, shes built a quiet life for herself in her small English village, repairing instruments and nurturing her long- distance affair with David, the man who has helped her rebuild her life even as she puts her dreams of a family on hold until his children are old enough for him to leave his loveless marriage. But when David saves the life of a woman in the Paris Metro, his resulting fame shines a light onto the real state of the relationship(s) in his life. Shattered, Grace hits rock bottom and abandons everything that has been important to her, including her dream of entering and winning the worlds most important violin-making competition. Her closest friendsa charming elderly violinist with a secret love affair of his own, and her store clerk, a gifted but angst-ridden teenage girlstep in to help, but will their friendship be enough to help her pick up the pieces? Filled with lovable, quirky characters, this poignant novel explores the realities of relationships and heartbreak and shows that when it comes to love, theres more than one way to find happiness.
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OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊🎶 2mo
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TheSpineView
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LiteraryinLititz I really enjoyed this book! 5mo
Lidia Me too! @LiteraryinLititz @TheSpineView It was quite charming 5mo
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BarbaraBB I don‘t know it but I love the cover! 5mo
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Purplerosiepage
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Pickpick

A book about music and friendship. Some parts were not as developed as I might have liked, but the denouement made me cry.

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Jolynne
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Pickpick

A cute cheating/adultery story.

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echalpan
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Mehso-so

The ending was sweet, pushing the rating from a “pan” to a “so-so” for me. I thought often about bailing on this book (many parts were very slow), but I stuck with it, and I guess I‘m glad I did.

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Purrsistently
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Pickpick

This was a bloody triumph of a book. It was not AT ALL what I expected but was so, so good. 5/5 from me.

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bookandcat
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My bookstagram top 9 for the year! Wish Litsy had a similar feature. It's been a very bookish year! Can't wait til I do my Goodreads wrap-up, I'm over 370 books right now!

#top9of2018 #top9
( www.instagram.com/bookandcat_ig )

BarbaraBB 370 books read in a year?!?! 11mo
bookandcat @BarbaraBB yep! And counting! 11mo
BarbaraBB That‘s amazing! That‘s more than one a day! And I even see chunksters like It. 👍😲 11mo
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JennyM Yey...such an awesome achievement. 11mo
LauraBeth Wow! That‘s a lot of reading! 🙌 11mo
Lindy Amazing year of reading! 11mo
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sb3626
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Finals are over and I finally have gotten the chance to start my August #BOTM. I‘m really enjoying the writing so far and love how weird of a character Grace is. I am excited to read more but sadly have to go to sleep

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Ajessgirl
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Pickpick

I absolutely loved this book! I was expecting fluffy chick lit, but it turned out to be so much more. A well rounded, endearing cast of characters, with drama, mystery & travelogue. I loved learning about the world of musical instrument creation, and more about classical music generally. 100% recommend!

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Lidia
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Pickpick

I really liked this book. I raced through the last third today and it just made me want to go to beautiful Cremona in Italy to the Museo del Violino 🎻

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Lidia
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Happy National coffee day littens! Coffee is better with a good book 😊

JanuarieTimewalker13 Right back atcha...I‘m chillin with a cup of Early Bird blend...even though I‘m so NOT an early bird! 14mo
Reviewsbylola Your nails look gorgeous! 14mo
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Insightsintobooks
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LiteratiCafe
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Pickpick

This is a lovely story. A coming of age story, only the heroine is 40. It is a tale of friendship and of music. It is a book to recommend.

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TheHispanicBookworm
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Currently reading Goodbye, Paris. What are some of your favorite contemporary fiction novels?

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LiteraryinLititz
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#2x2giveaway @DivaDiane I recommend this new release about a master instrument maker and her complicated relationships with those around her. It‘s really lovely!

DivaDiane I love the description of that novel! Thank you for entering!! 14mo
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MellieAntoinette
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Bailedbailed

DNF at 40%

This might be a good book. Might even have mad story vibes, but right now it‘s just making me 😠🤬😡🤢🤮 MAD!!

David is a shit. Any man who throws love words at you when his wife is in the next room, convinces you not to have his child because he doesn‘t want to hurt his family and still keeps you on a long string, just no No and NO! His name is on every page.

Question - why isn‘t your name the first name on every page of your life?

GingerAntics It‘s amazing how much of this sort of thing is found in books, especially modern ones. It‘s disturbing. 14mo
Travellinggator Yeah it annoyed me how much she kept saying he was perfect. I kept reading to see if the karma train would run David over haha. 4mo
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Rosewinter
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Mehso-so

Truthfully I have a love hate relationship with this book. I loved the 'trio' of characters and where they ended up, their interaction with each other and others. Grace has really low self-esteem. She builds as the novel progresses. I hated how many times she took it in the chin from her man. The rating for the book this time is hard at times it pans, it has so so moments, and has pick moments.

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wanderingmilesandpages
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Mehso-so

One of my August #botm picks was just okay. It was a cute story, but it kind of dragged. I loved Grace‘s group of friends and the strong person Grace becomes.

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KatieDid927
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Pickpick

I dug this one. It‘s a good examination of our perceptions of others and ourselves and how it doesn‘t always match up with reality. The musical aspect of the story was also great.

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Lovesbooks87
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Mehso-so

I wasn't a fan of this book at all. I didn't really like the main character, but I liked the music aspect of the book. It was a quick read. #botm

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kalinichta
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Unpopular Opinion Theater presents: Goodbye, Paris

By the time I was finished with this book, I was more than ready to say goodbye to Paris. I found almost everything about it tedious - from the writing (internally, I was screaming, "SHOW, DON'T TELL" through the entire book), to the MC's situation, to her naivety and lack of self-awareness. I held on hoping for a big payoff in the end, but it just fizzled out for me.

But, hey, pretty cover.

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crazyspine
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I was not expecting to like this. The description did not appeal to me, but boy, was I pleasantly surprised. I became emotionally attached to Grace, Nadia, and especially Mr. Williams. I disagree with the comparisons to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely fine as I don't view Goodbye, Paris as a comedy, but I definitly recommend to anyone looking for a feel good read.

📷 Snowy Paris this past March

LiteraryinLititz Great review. I read it last week and I concur! 1y
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erank58
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Once again #botm has done it again with their pleasant surprises!! As a pianist, I absolutely adored the musical backdrop--but you don't need to study music to enjoy this beautiful homage to rebirth and new beginnings 🎻🎹 #goodbyeparis

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Callemarie
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And another #botm selection begins. I‘m trying to dwindle down my #botm pile some since I have a bajillion of them and only read 13 of them

Thousand-Lives I‘m working toward the same goal! 1y
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LiteraryinLititz
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Beautifully written. I found myself rereading passages just to hear the language again in my head. The main character is a respected instrument maker in a long term relationship with a married man. I don‘t want to really give anything else away, except to say that both the story and its telling exceeded my expectations. It felt fresh.

Kempii Cool photo! 1y
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Apinlibraryland
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Keeping a good pace...

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TheSpineView
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#botmbacklog @bookandcat

I finished my third and final book in the BOTM backlog challenge last night. Glad to see a dent, however small, in my backlog. The book was good even though I cringed at some of the decisions Grace made. I felt like saying to her, "Did you really expect a different outcome?" Just the right length and style to make a good beach read. 4⭐

bookandcat 🎉🎉🎉yay! Congratulations on making a dent in your backlog. Way to go - so proud of you! This one was a great summer read (but yes, wanted to shake Grace by the shoulders from time to time 😂). Thank you for joining in!! 1y
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bookandcat
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#botmbacklog Book 5 - and I LOVED it. Grace is a string instrument maker who can't seem to make her own music - literally and metaphorically - she no longer plays her cello, and her long time boyfriend David is still married to his wife in France. Then one day, everything changes...
This book was moving, heartfelt, enchanting. Harris's prose is appropriately musical and Grace's journey will pull at your heartstrings. 4/5 🌟
#botm #bookofthemonth

Thousand-Lives Great review. I‘ve been eyeing this one! 1y
bookandcat @Thousand-Lives thanks! I quite enjoyed it! 1y
Reviewsbylola Love this picture and your ikea cart! 1y
bookandcat @Reviewsbylola thanks! This one was a craft cart from Michael's and I'm in love with it! 1y
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TheSpineView
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#12INTWO @Samplergal

I logged just over 6 hours read time yesterday. This challenge has motivated me to tackle my TBR pile. 📚

Samplergal Great job! 1y
TheSpineView @Samplergal Thanks! 😊 1y
Andrew65 Well done, right on track to do he 12 hours. 1y
TheSpineView @Andrew65 🤞Fingers crossed! 1y
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LiteraryHedgehog
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Current read

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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

I‘m just in the middle on this one. I love the musical theme throughout the book and really felt like the writing was very good. But, I really just didn‘t like the characters and found myself not quite feeling too engaged in the story. It was unique and I definitely found it thought provoking in some ways, but I didn‘t love this one. #botm

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CrinolineDream
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This no frills subscription box is fast becoming my favorite, I‘ve enjoyed every book I‘ve read so far! #botm #romantsy #bookmail

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Bookish_B
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this! There was an ease to the writing that pulled me right in and kept me reading until I finished (much quicker than I intended). Sure, I wanted to smack Grace here and there for some really frustratingly bad choices but we've all been there, right? Perfect summer read ❤️😊

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kate_reads
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Happy #BookLoversDay everyone! 😊

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Lisas.Library
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My BOTM #1
Goodbye, Paris
By: Anstey Harris

Reviewsbylola I love this cover! 1y
Lisas.Library @Reviewsbylola ~ Me too. It‘s so pretty. 1y
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wanderingmilesandpages
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My August Book of the Month picks! #botm #bookofthemonth

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Live_to_read
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Just got my BOMC choices and stayed up late reading this one. Really enjoyed the settings in Paris and Italy. I learned a bit about luthiers. Recommend it for an enjoyable, light read. And now to bed!😴

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erista
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#botm arrived today! I love all of these covers.

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kalinichta
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When you have the shot, then you miss the shot, then you have to wait for the shot to recreate itself.

#BOTM #catsoflitsy #petsoflitsy #neverworkwithanimalsorchildren

tammysue 😻😻😻 1y
emilyhaldi So cute 🤗🤗 1y
mrozzz 😍😍😍 1y
EH2018 Adorable!!! 1y
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erank58
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Better dented than never!!!! Right? 😂 #botm #goodbyeparis

tammysue Oh no 🙈 1y
mrozzz Wow! Are the books ok? 1y
erank58 @whatshesreadingnow could have been worse!! 1y
erank58 @mrozzz book is alive! Maybe someone at the post office was having a bad day..."ugh let me smash this disgustingly cheery blue box in protest" ?? but all is well! 1y
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TheSpineView
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Book Mail!📚📭💙💖

The three books about dragons are for my grandson. I found those and one for me at Better World Books. My BOTM came as well as an ARC. It is a good book day!

Jnnlb I just finished Goodbye, Paris 1y
erank58 Dragon Rider was one if my favorite books growing up!! If he hasn't read the Inkheart books yet (same author) would totally recommend! Though I'm sure fantasy lovers of all ages would enjoy them :) 1y
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TheSpineView @Jnnlb That was some fast reading. I'll do good just to finish it by the end of the month.😛 1y
TheSpineView @erank58 Not sure about Inkheart but I will find out. Thanks for the tip! 1y
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Lovesbooks87
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My #botm showed up today!

TheSpineView I BOTM came today too... though I only choose one Goodbye, Paris. 1y
Lovesbooks87 @TheSpineView yay! I have no self control I always fill my box. This month I wanted all 5 books! 1y
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Jazzshabamm
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Starting my August #botm!

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bookandcat
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🎉🎉Not one but TWO of the authors found my #bookstagram post about my #botm picks on #instagram and I'm fangirling out a little hard here 😂😂 Anyone else have any bookish encounters like this on social media?

(BTW, if you're on #IG, you can find me at instagram.com/bookandcat_ig I'll add you back - I'm always looking for more bookish folks to follow! You can also drop your link in the comments, if you prefer.)

everlocalwest My review of Ghost Boys was printed in an indie bookstore newsletter and Jewell Parker Rhodes sent me a handwritten thank you letter! I almost died. I also had an author leave a cat emoji response on a negative book review on insta...I was as confused by that as I was by the book. 😂 1y
bookandcat @everlocalwest that's amazing about the newsletter! But the cat emoji 😂😂😂😂 wtf lol 1y
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Librarybelle
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My #BOTM box arrived today, as well as my Barnes and Noble order (thanks to @ferskner pointing out the cozy mystery sale, I just had to buy some). I also stopped by my favorite independent bookstore and bought the pile on the right. #bookhaul

ferskner Oh you got good ones!!! Now I want to go back and get more... 1y
Librarybelle @ferskner 😁❤️ 1y
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BookBridget
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August Book of the Month picks # BOTM

DeleteAcct Agree with @Andrew65 it's a fantastic book. 1y
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swishandflick
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My tentative #BOTM box. I want The Summer Wives more than I want Goodbye, Paris so I'm torn on whether to go for it or skip 🤔

2BR02B You could always get The Summer Wives next month, if there's a current selection you actually want then. Unless you want to read it immediately, I'd probably skip. 1y
MicheleinPhilly I‘d be happy to send you my ARC of Summer Wives. 1y
swishandflick @MicheleinPhilly That would be awesome, thank you!! I have a few ARC's if you want to pick one and I'll send your way. I'll message again when I'm home 😄 1y
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swishandflick @MicheleinPhilly Do either of the two tagged below interest you for a swap? 😄 1y
MicheleinPhilly I‘d be interested in My Ex-Life! I will send you a message through Goodreads. 1y
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erista
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My #Botm picks for August

CouronneDhiver I like the look of that yellow cover 💛 1y
Reviewsbylola Great box. I am excited to read Ghosted! 1y
everemmareads I am so looking forward to The Dinner List. It's such an interesting premise! 1y
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