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A thirty-year-old woman retraces her gap year through Ireland, France, and Italy to find love—and herself—in this hilarious and heartfelt novel.
It's been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong postcollege European adventure. Since then, she's lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea's thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knightley, her status as most successful moneymaker is unquestioned.
When her introverted mathematician father announces he's getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her year abroad. Inspired to retrace her steps—to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy—Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago can help her find it again.
From the start of her journey nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected.
About the Author
Jenn McKinlay is the award winning, New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly
bestselling author of several mystery and romance series. Her work has been translated
into multiple languages in countries all over the world. She lives in sunny Arizona in a
house that is overrun with kids, pets, and her husband's guitars.
“A playful breezy read that I couldn't put down!”--Abby Jimenez, USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone, on Paris Is Always a Good Idea
“A delightful romance with characters I adored! Jenn McKinlay takes readers along on a fun and charming adventure in Paris Is Always a Good Idea.”--Emily March, New York Times bestselling author of Teardrop Lane
“Eat Pray Love meets Mamma Mia! I devoured this clever novel in one sitting!"--Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany, on Paris Is Always a Good Idea
“Delivers a fun, feel-good, stand-alone novel that will delight readers. [They] will savor the feisty, adventurous journey of McKinlay's self-deprecating protagonist as she re-examines her past in order to chart her future. Navigating many complications and bumps in the road, Chelsea finds romance and enlightenment over the course of her travels, and discovers how living life can change people--altering destinies, dreams and priorities for the better.”--Shelf Awareness, on Paris Is Always a Good Idea
“Witty, warm and wonderful…an American Fleabag, told with heart, hope and joie de vivre.”--Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author of The Moonglow Sisters, on Paris Is Always a Good Idea
“McKinlay spins a funny yet poignant tale.”--Jen DeLuca, author of Well Met, on Paris Is Always a Good Idea
“A funny and charming romp of self-discovery…. You’ll feel like you’ve been on a European vacation even if you didn’t make it out of your own back yard.”--Kwana Jackson, USA Today bestselling author of Real Men Knit, on Paris Is Always a Good Idea
"Sparkles with wit yet is profoundly humane at its core. You will be rooting for Chelsea through all her travels."--Jenny Holiday, USA Today bestselling author of Mermaid Inn, on Paris Is Always a Good Idea
“Paris Is Always a Good Idea made me smile, cry, swoon, and cheer. It's a beautiful, funny, and relatable story about finding yourself.”--Sarah Smith, author of Faker
“This book ticked so many of my boxes: a perfectly imperfect protagonist on a bittersweet journey of self-discovery, relatable family tensions, vividly portrayed international settings, and an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers subplot that made me smile from ear to ear. A thoroughly satisfying read that tugged at my heart and made me happy-sigh when I reached the end!"--Mia Sosa, USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best Man
“Paris Is Always A Good Idea is the must-have summer read of the year.”--Fresh Fiction
“An entertaining romance along with a story with ever changing scenery makes this the perfect summer read.”--Parkersburg News, on Paris Is Always a Good Idea
“Readers will have no trouble investing in Chelsea and Jason’s enemies-to-lovers romance. This flawless rom-com is sure to delight.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review), on Paris Is Always a Good Idea
“McKinlay proves she is also a master at romantic women’s fiction with this dazzling novel that delivers everything McKinlay’s fans expect—deliciously acerbic wit, delightfully relatable characters, and deeply funny dialogue—all deftly poured into a plot that also thoughtfully examines what true happiness really means.”--Booklist
Praise for Jenn McKinlay’s romance novels
"Jenn McKinlay writes sexy, funny romances that will leave you begging for more!"--Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author of Almost Just Friends
"Funny, charming, and heart-stoppingly romantic. Jenn McKinlay is a rising star."--Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author of The Best Man Plan
“McKinlay once again serves up her signature literary cocktail of sassy humor and sexy romance expertly spiked with a surfeit of small-town charm and holiday cheer.”--Booklist (starred review)
"Witty dialogue and a charming small town filled with warm, loving characters will keep readers coming back to this tender series."--Publishers Weekly
“As cozy as the hero’s favorite Christmas sweater, with a warm, home-for-the-holidays feel.”--Library Journal
"[Every Dog Has His Day is] superbly satisfying....A contemporary romance that is practically perfect is every way."--Booklist (starred review)
"[Every Dog Has His Day] enchants from the very first page....A sparkling gem of a book that is sure to lift your spirits!"--RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
"McKinlay delivers heartwarming humor at its finest."--Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author of The Moonglow Sisters
"Clever writing, laugh-out-loud humor, and a sizzling romance. This one is a keeper."--Delores Fossen, USA Today bestselling author of A Coldwater Christmas