It’s Not Love, Its Just Paris will take readers on a spellbound journey of self-discovery, defining what it means to find love and endure loss all for the sake of making the ultimate sacrifice in the end.
This novel is a very enriched read of Romantic depths, but author Patricia Engels takes readers one step further and this novel is not a typical romantic read as the summary might suggest. What first drew me to this novel was the fact that it had a Parisian setting. I thought this novel would make for an interesting read, but it turned out to be brilliant!
Lita Del Cielo is the daughter of two Colombian orphans who arrived in America with nothing and yet made a fortune with their Latin foods. Lita has been granted a single year in Paris to develop her studies in the culinary arts before returning to the family business. In the Parisian boarding house Lita keeps her distance from most of the girls, remaining focused on her goal and not expecting to find love in the City of Lights. Upon her meeting with Cato everything changes.
Cato is charming and weakened by an illness that has plagued him. He is also the son of a right winged, infamous politician. Lita and Cato retreat within the foundation of their love, but soon discover that the outside world that surrounds them is not so easily shut out. Soon Lita is forced to make a decision that will forever change her life. Stay in Paris and in the arms of Cato, her lover, or return to the United States and to her family?
My downfall with finishing this book was I thought that there were certain aspects that the author could have written in a different direction or perhaps have gone into more detail. Otherwise I don't have any complaints and I am looking forward to adding It's Not Love, It's Just Paris to my book shelf!
Patricia Engel’s collection of stories, Vida, quickly established her as one of our country’s best young writers, winning praise from Junot Díaz, Uzodinma Iweala, Francisco Goldman, and others. Her first novel is a vibrant and wistful narrative about an American girl abroad in Paris, who navigates the intoxicating and treacherous complexities of independence, friendship, and romance.
Lita del Cielo, the daughter of two Colombian orphans who arrived in America with nothing and made a fortune with their Latin food empire, has been granted one year to pursue her studies in Paris before returning to work in the family business. She moves into a gently crumbling Left Bank mansion known as ?The House of Stars,” where a spirited but bedridden Countess Séraphine rents out rooms to young women visiting Paris to work, study, and, unofficially, to find love.
Cautious and guarded, Lita keeps a cool distance from the other girls, who seem at once boldly adult and impulsively naïve, who both intimidate and fascinate her. Then Lita meets Cato, and the contours of her world shift. Charming, enigmatic, and weak with illness, Cato is the son of a notorious right-wing politician. As Cato and Lita retreat to their own world, they soon find it difficult to keep the outside world from closing in on theirs. Ultimately Lita must decide whether to stay in France with Cato or return home to fulfill her immigrant family’s dreams for her future.
It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris is a spellbinding love story, a portrait of a Paris caught between old world grandeur and the international greenblood elite, and an exploration of one woman’s journey to distinguish honesty from artifice and lay claim to her own life.