Penguin Group, 2003
First Line: Eighty feet below Trafalgar Square the train rattled southward, steepening its angle as it prepared to plunge beneath the Thames.
From the back cover: Molly Clearwater had always wanted to escape the confines of her small-town upbringing to make a splash as a career woman in London. But somehow, working as a low-level assistant for the boorish Malcolm Figg wasn't nearly as fulfilling as she had hoped-until Malcolm offered her a "perk"-a free weekend business trip to Paris. She's ecstatic until she discovers that Malcolm's idea of "business" isn't exactly the same as hers. Horrified, Molly storms out of the office. With nothing else to lose, she impulsively boards a train to Paris, intent on treating herself to a long weekend in the City of Light.
Within moments of stepping onto the cobblestoned streets of Paris, Molly is swept up in an adventure that defies her imagination. From infiltrating a conference in a Cleopatra wig to sharing her deepest secret with a complete stranger, Molly's weekend away from her troubles turns into a dizzying voyage of passion and self-discovery, transforming her absolutely...
My Thoughts: This was the perfect weekend read. It was light and fun and perfect to read after coming off of a serious book. I wanted to read it because the title and cover caught my attention. I'm a sucker for a Paris setting.
The story was intriguing to watch unfold because it follows a 21 year old girl named Molly as she is learning to respect herself as a woman and grow as a person. She has had to overcome several obstacles in her life and is living on her own for the first time while working a new job in London. She was supposed to go to Paris for a pharmaceutical conference with her boss until he called her a "stupid secretary" and degraded her in the office. She quit her job and decided to go to Paris anyway on a whim. She meets several colorful characters and has an exciting trip, for sure.
If you're looking for a quick, extremely light read, I'd recommend this book. However, it was very predictable which made it drag a bit. I enjoyed the descriptions of Paris and the funny characters that made me laugh, but the book was just OK for me. For this reason, I gave it 3 stars.