Blog Tour: Meet Me in Monaco

September 14, 2019 Blog Tour, Book review 3 ★★★★½

There were two reasons I had to get my hands on Meet Me In Monaco ASAP

  • Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb wrote one of my all time favourite books Last Christmas in Paris
  • Grace Kelly! Enough said.

I’ve beyond grateful that Harper Collins Ireland invited me to join the blog tour, and were generous enough to allow me giveaway 2 copies. Hop over to my Facebook Page to enter.

Thanks to Harper Collins for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Blog Tour: Meet Me in MonacoMeet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
Published by Harper Collins on 5 Sept 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Received from Publisher
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four-half-stars

Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and glamourous wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate, and second-chances.
Movie stars and paparazzi flock to Cannes for the glamorous film festival, but Grace Kelly, the biggest star of all, wants only to escape from the flash-bulbs. When struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelters Miss Kelly in her boutique, fending off a persistent British press photographer, James Henderson, a bond is forged between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across thirty years of friendship, love, and tragedy.
James Henderson cannot forget his brief encounter with Sophie Duval. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, he takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century, sailing with Grace Kelly’s wedding party on the SS Constitution from New York. In Monaco, as wedding fever soars and passions and tempers escalate, James and Sophie—like Princess Grace—must ultimately decide what they are prepared to give up for love.

addictive BOOKLOVE Historical Refreshing

My thoughts on Meet Me in Monaco

I adore old fashioned Hollywood Glamour and the backdrop of Grace Kelly and her marriage to Prince Rainier more than satisfied my fairytale notions. However we also got to see the more shadowy sides of her life which satisfied my celebrity gossip side.

Sophie, a perfumer, and James, a reporter, are the two main characters in the book, and I loved the quirky, unconventional tale that played out between them. They are like cat and dog, and it most definitely was not love at first sight.

The descriptions vividly transported me to the shuttered streets of Cannes. I could imagine the paparazzi traipsing after Grace everywhere, desperate to capture an unposed shot of the soon to be Princess. And I felt like I was walking through the sunny, perfumed flower fields of Grasse when Sophie visited home. Definitely a book to fill up all your senses.

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Between the fab setting, the glimpses in to Grace’s romance, and the fabulous friendship that developed between our main characters, it was a book I read with my heart on my sleeve. And it has left an impression on my heart too. I hope these two talented authors continue to write together, as I love the unique yarns they spin together.

Rating Report
Characters
five-stars
Setting
five-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
four-half-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

Who should read Meet Me in Monaco?

If you love books that transport you to another setting, then I’d urge you to pick this up.  Especially recommended to fans of historical fiction, or if you enjoy characters that melt your heart, and quirky love stories.  I think if you’ve enjoyed Hazel Gaynor’s previous books that you’ll also love this one.  Fans of Carmel HarringtonJoJo Moyes and Kristin Hannah should also enjoy. 

About Hazel Gaynor

HAZEL GAYNOR is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home, for which she received the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award.

Her third novel, The Girl from the Savoy, was an Irish Times and Globe & Mail Canada bestseller, and was shortlisted for the BGE Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year.

In 2017, she has published The Cottingley Secret and Last Christmas in Paris. Hazel was selected by US Library Journal as one of 'Ten Big Breakout Authors' for 2015 and her work has been translated into several languages.

Hazel lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.

 

four-half-stars

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