Published: 2013 by Penguin Group Viking (originally published 2012)
Read: July 2013
Trivia Tidbit: Honeymoon in Paris is the prequel to Moyes’ The Girl You Left Behind
Full Disclosure: Advance Reading Copy from publisher via Netgalley
I love a good novella – it’s a way to dip your toes into a world without having to submerge for days – and sometimes a shorter story is just what the characters or situation demand. In this case, Honeymoon in Paris stands alone as an engaging vignette and is also a tantalizing taste of what is in store. In a few short chapters Moyes reveals the starting point of both relationships, the feelings of both women toward their new husbands, and the potential for conflict as their married lives begin.
The two stories are told from the women’s point of view. Moyes’ use of language and descriptions easily places Sophie Lefevre and Liv Halston in their respective centuries and societies, and while the transition from Belle Epoque Paris to twenty-first century Paris is discernible it is never clunky. Happily, I enjoyed reading both sides of this story, and with consistent point of view changes each chapter it never felt that one couple was left behind for too long. The Girl You Left Behind is now on my reading list because I am curious to know what happens when the honeymoon is over.