Enjoy this chat between bestselling author Sarah Morgan and Fresh Fiction Editorial Manager Danielle Dresser!
The unlikely friendship between Grace and Audrey is my favorite part of this novel. How
did these two characters come to life for you?
Iâ€™m pleased you enjoyed that part of the book
because it was my favorite part to write! I knew from the start of this book that I wanted to
write an inter-generational friendship. I felt it would add a richness to this story that would be
missing if Grace had, for example, befriended someone her age. Right from the start, I could
see the potential for humor and emotion in the relationship between these two. They are
different in personality and life experience, and yet they form a deep and lasting bond. Playing
with their dialogue, and watching each character push the other out of her comfort zone, was
Paris is a wonderful setting for this novel. What do you love most about the City of Lights?
Thereâ€™s the food of course, and the wine, but as well
as that Paris is a pretty city, light and airy with beautiful buildings, wide open boulevards, and
an energy that is infectious. It has some of the best art galleries in the world, and if you grow
tired of looking at art and sculpture you can look at people. Paris offers some of the best
people watching on the planet. Â Â
Grace goes to Paris as an escape from her marriage which, after 25 years, is seemingly
dissolving. What advice would you give to someone in a predicament like Grace?
Iâ€™d probably tell them not to make any instant
decisions on anything, but life doesnâ€™t always allow time for reflection. In Graceâ€™s case, she
already had a vacation booked, and she knew that if she didnâ€™t go her daughter would cancel
her summer of travel, so that drove her decision. My advice to anyone in Graceâ€™s position
would probably be to lean on friends and family and keep walking forwards. Looking back just
makes you more likely to fall over.Â
Audrey has a difficult home life back in London with her alcoholic mother as well as her
own struggles with dyslexia. Nonetheless, she comes across as carefree and self-assured.
How did you balance the various sides readers see of Audrey?
Audrey is dealing with a lot in her life, and sheâ€™s
mostly dealing with it alone because her mother doesnâ€™t offer much in the way of support.
Audrey has had to find her own path through life. Caring for her mother has given her an
independence and self-assurance. At the same time, sheâ€™s still a teenager, and I thought it
was important to show that side of her, too. She wavers between child and adult and was an
interesting character to write.
Graceâ€™s grandmother, Mimi, was such a dynamic woman! I loved her tenacity for life. Why
was it important for Grace to have someone in her life like Mimi?
Grace had a tumultuous and unpredictable
childhood, and Mimi was the one stable factor. They have a close relationship, and sheâ€™s
someone that Grace trusts totally. When her life falls apart, itâ€™s natural that Mimi is the person
sheâ€™d turn to.
Even though it becomes their workplace, the bookshop in Paris becomes a home for both
Grace and Audrey. Do you have a favorite bookstore or two?
Any store selling books is going to be a favorite with
me, but I love Waterstones, Piccadilly in the centre of London because it has such a huge
range of books (including mine), and Shakespeare and Co in Paris because itâ€™s charming in
every way. Â
I felt like I was watching a lovely romantic comedy while reading your book. What are some
of your favorite romantic comedies - books and/or movies?
Thank you for the compliment! I have so many
favourite romantic comedies. Top of the list would be When Harry Met Sally, Crazy Stupid
Love, The Devil Wears Prada and In Her Shoes (Iâ€™m always fascinated by the relationship
between sisters). I love anything by Nancy Myers or Nora Ephron. Â
What can readers expect from you next?
My next book is called A Wedding in December, and itâ€™s a festive family drama set in the snowy mountains of Aspen, Colorado.
This was such a fun story to write and Iâ€™m hoping readers will love it too.Â
Rapid Fire Random Questions
Favorite candy: Milk chocolate
Favorite way to be kind to yourself: A hot bath
and a good book
Best compliment you recently gave to someone: I told my editor sheâ€™s a genius because she is. She makes every book better.
Favorite flower: Gerbera
Random interesting fact you like to tell people: I worked as a nurse in the emergency department
Best vacation youâ€™ve ever taken: The Scottish
Earliest celebrity crush: It was a horse called
Milton (I know you werenâ€™t expecting that, but I loved horses). He was a show jumper and a
favorite with the audience. He seemed to be able to jump anything.
Cake or pie: Pie followed by cake
Last book you read that you really LOVED: Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
You have a totally free afternoon - no deadlines, no obligations, no Twitter notifications!Â
What do you do?: Go for a long country walk with
my husband, followed by dinner.
USA TODAY bestselling author
Sarah MorganÂ returns with this heartwarming novel about the
power of friendship, love and what happens when an ending is just the beginningâ€¦
To celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Grace has planned the surprise of a
lifetime for her husbandâ€”a romantic getaway to Paris. But she never expected heâ€™d have a
surprise of his own: he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock but refusing to be broken, a
devastated Grace makes the bold decision to go to Paris alone.
Audrey, a young woman from London, has left behind a heartache of her own when she arrives
in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no money and no knowledge of
the French language, suddenly a summer spent wandering the cobbled streets alone seems
much more likelyâ€¦until she meets Grace, and everything changes.
Grace canâ€™t believe how daring Audrey is. Audrey canâ€™t believe how cautious newly single
Grace is. Living in neighboring apartments above the bookshop, this unlikely pair offer each
other just what theyâ€™ve both been missing. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding
this unbreakable friendship might be the best thing thatâ€™s ever happened to themâ€¦
Romance Contemporary [HQN, On Sale: April
9, 2019, Trade Size / e-Book, ISBN: 9781335507549 / eISBN: 9781488096518]
and USA Today
bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes
contemporary romance and womenâ€™s fiction, and her trademark humour and warmth have
gained her fans across the globe. Described as â€˜a magician with wordsâ€™ by RT Book Reviews,
she has sold over 16 million copies of her books. She has been nominated five times for the
Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the
award three times; in 2012 for her book â€˜Doukakisâ€™s Apprenticeâ€™
, 2013 for â€˜A
Night of No Returnâ€™
, and 2017 for â€˜Miracle on 5th Avenueâ€™
. She also won the
RT Reviewersâ€™ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their â€˜Top Pickâ€™
As a child, Sarah dreamed of being a writer and although she took a few interesting detours
along the way, she is now living that dream.
Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isnâ€™t reading or writing
she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.
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