Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir
By: Eliza Watson
Event planner Samantha Hunter is prepared for a few challenges when escorting a group of good ole boy beer distributors to Paris, the city of haute cuisine and fine wines. However, she doesn’t foresee being passed up for a promotion because she is too professional and doesn’t knock back beers with her clients. Her focus soon switches from landing the well-deserved promotion to finding her free-spirited sister, who lives in Paris and has disappeared, leaving behind family secrets to be uncovered. A sexy puppeteer helps Samantha search for clues to her sister’s whereabouts and teaches her to embrace her inner child. And a funeral-crashing psychic demonstrates the importance of living life to the fullest. It takes Samantha’s life spiraling out of control for her to finally get a life.
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Review Rating: 4 LIGHTNING BOLTS
Review: This is a fun and charming story, one that captured my attention with the characters and of course, the setting! I mean come on, Paris! Yeah, I'm so there!
The story focuses on Samantha, and the upcoming changes in her life. She's there in hopes of getting a promotion she so highly wants, but things aren't going as planned for this event planner. (Yes, I had to go there. Corny, I know!) What she finds in Paris are quite a few surprises. Ones that will force her into rethinking things and making some desperate changes in her life.
I like Sam. She's very career driven, which in itself isn't a bad thing, but after these turns of events, she really begins to loosen up. She embraces life in a new way as she spends more time in the beautiful Paris. There's a hint of mystery in the story and there's plenty of focus on relationships- between Sam and her family, and so much more.
The author's writing style is fresh and carefree, making for an enjoyable ride. The characters are so well crafted, with their flaws and their quirks that I found myself easily relating to them. The book is written in first person POV, in Samantha's view, and I loved the feeling like I was there with her throughout the events in the book. Well done, Ms. Watson, on a story that I thoroughly enjoyed and had a hard time putting down :)
Eliza’s first attempt at creative writing was in fourth grade. She and her friends were huge Charlie's Angels fans and she would sit in her bedroom at night writing scripts for them to act out at recess the following day. She was Kelly Garrett. The journey from fourth grade script writer to published author wasn't an easy one, but it was always an adventure and the final destination was well worth it.
When she’s not traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home in Wisconsin working on her next novel, bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley and Frankie.