by Diana Palmer

November 1998
ISBN: 1-55166-470-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Once upon a time there was a young woman named Brianna who was attending an exclusive private school in Paris, the city of lights. She was a bright girl, blessed with a compassionate soul and optimistic outlook. One day while exploring the historic city, she chanced upon an intriguing older man whose features were masked by grief. His pain was so deep and strong it was palpable to those around him. Compassion flooded our heroine’s heart; there was no way Brianna could turn away from this man’s pain.

For Pierce Hutton life as he knew it ended with the death of his wife. She’d consumed his every waking thought and filled his nights with passion’s fires and his days with her vibrant personality. Without her he has no idea how he continue to live. In his darkest moment, an impish young woman drags him out of the depths of his pain and becomes his salvation.

Pierce is reluctant to give his unexpected desire for Brianna free rein. Their budding relationship is further endangered by Brianna’s stepfather’s unsavoury plans for her future; he wants to marry her off to a business associate to seal a deal. Now Pierce must return the favor and save Brianna from a fate she considers worse than death.

Once in Paris is a touching story about a May-December love affair. In spite of the difference in the characters’ ages – approximately 20 years – the narrative does not lack realism. The idea of a deep and abiding love between two people who are separated by a generation is entirely believable. The book is rich in detail, overflowing with sensuality and adventure. Once in Paris is a gem of a read. I have had the privilege of reading this book more than once and I can guarantee that you will, too.

But don’t take my word for it see for yourself.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Cynthia.

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