Promo: Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara
I'm delighted to take part in Olivia Lara’s blog tour for her novel, Someday in Paris, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
Olivia is sharing an enticing excerpt. If you love epic love stories, this one’s for you...
Someday in Paris
By Olivia Lara
What makes people fall in love? Truly in love? What makes them believe they’ve found the one, their soulmate? And why that person and not someone else?
What draws us in and never lets us go? Is it their eyes, their smile, their voice? The way they fit into our world? Is it because our parents like them and our friends think we’d make a great couple? Or maybe they make us laugh, have a good job, and want two kids like we do?
What if it has nothing to do with that? What if it is something else entirely?
I was fifteen the first time I asked myself this question. It was then that I had my first dream that didn’t feel quite like a dream. My mother said women in our family are special. She said I should listen to my dreams, but I was young, and I didn’t believe her. Or maybe I didn’t understand.
I am eighty years old now. I don’t pretend to have all the answers. But I’ve lived through enough to know people don’t believe you until you show them. And they shouldn’t. They should make up their own minds, listen to their own hearts, and follow their own dreams.
My story, the one I’ve been waiting to tell for so long, the one I never thought I would get to share until Valerie was born – my youngest son’s daughter – will not answer questions. Not even the question. But it will ask them.
Ever since Valerie turned fifteen, I have been waiting for the day she would say, ‘Mamie, I had a dream.’ And then I would have to tell her. To show her. When she turned sixteen, seventeen, eighteen and nothing happened, I started to worry. What if I’m not around when it happens, or I am around but too senile to remember everything? That’s when I wrote it all down. That way, no matter what, she will know what happened and how it all came to be. And when the story’s done, she can make up her own mind about the dreams, the connection and what her soul is trying to tell her. She might believe me, she might not, but I have to try.
A few days ago, she celebrated her twenty-first birthday. Still no word of the dreams. But there is a young man in her life, although she’s reluctant to talk about him. I don’t know if today of all days I should ask, but something tells me it might be time. There’s a spark in her eyes. A familiar spark. I might be wrong; it might be nothing, but it might be everything.
Someday in Paris
'An epic, sweeping romance about soulmates and second chances' Holly Miller.
'An absolutely unforgettable love story' Mandy Baggot.
'A deeply moving, richly evocative story of love, loss and the power of hope' Miranda Dickinson.
Finding the one is only the beginning...
1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same.
1963. In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. After dreaming about him for years, Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don't recognise each other – yet the way they feel is so familiar...
Over the course of twenty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together?
'It's about dreams and taking chances. Missed opportunities and mistakes. Loss and sacrifice. But above all, it is about love. The kind of love that survives time, distance... even death. The kind of love I wish for you.'
A magical new love story about star-crossed lovers, perfect for hopeless romantics and fans of One Day and The Notebook.
What readers are saying about Someday in Paris:
'I absolutely adored this book and stayed up late at night to finish it!! I couldn't put it down. This was a truly epic love story' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Magical, all-encompassing and timeless; an unforgettable romance' NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Without question 5.0 Exquisite Stars!! There are not enough magical adjectives to describe the beauty of this story!! Someday in Paris moved me beyond words and to quite a few tears' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Some books leave you a print in your heart which make them difficult to forget ... Emotive, sweet and unforgettable ... The most beautiful book I've read in a while!' NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'This is a book for hopeless romantics, for those who dare to dream, and for those who believe in true love everlasting ... I could not put it down' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'This book left me speechless. I haven't read such an amazing story in a long time' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'I absolutely loved this book ... The story kept me hanging on and reading late into the night' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
OLIVIA LARA was born and raised in Bucharest in a family of booklovers and storytellers. Since university she has worked as a journalist and marketer in Romania, France and the United States.
She is currently a marketing executive in San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area with her husband, young daughter and four cats. Someday in Paris is her first novel.
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