ShortBookandScribes #BlogTour #Extract from Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara. I have an extract to share with you today. My thanks to Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Resources for the place on the tour.
‘An epic, sweeping romance about soulmates and second chances’ Holly Miller.
‘An absolutely unforgettable love story’ Mandy Baggot.
‘A deeply moving, richly evocative story of love, loss and the power of hope’ Miranda Dickinson.
Finding the one is only the beginning…
- Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same.
- In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. After dreaming about him for years, Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don’t recognise each other – yet the way they feel is so familiar…
Over the course of twenty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together?
‘It’s about dreams and taking chances. Missed opportunities and mistakes. Loss and sacrifice. But above all, it is about love. The kind of love that survives time, distance… even death. The kind of love I wish for you.’
A magical new love story about star-crossed lovers, perfect for hopeless romantics and fans of One Day and The Notebook.
What readers are saying about Someday in Paris:
‘I absolutely adored this book and stayed up late at night to finish it!! I couldn’t put it down. This was a truly epic love story’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Magical, all-encompassing and timeless; an unforgettable romance’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Without question 5.0 Exquisite Stars!! There are not enough magical adjectives to describe the beauty of this story!! Someday in Paris moved me beyond words and to quite a few tears’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Some books leave you a print in your heart which make them difficult to forget … Emotive, sweet and unforgettable … The most beautiful book I’ve read in a while!’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This is a book for hopeless romantics, for those who dare to dream, and for those who believe in true love everlasting … I could not put it down’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This book left me speechless. I haven’t read such an amazing story in a long time’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I absolutely loved this book … The story kept me hanging on and reading late into the night’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The author is running a Goodreads giveaway for 50 Kindle copies of the book. It’s US only as per Goodreads’ latest rules. Here is the link.
Footsteps. Coming her way, echoing through the empty hallway. They closed in then slowed down until they stopped right next to her. She couldn’t see anything. It was pitch black. She held her breath, pressing her back against the wall while trying to tuck the book behind her. ‘Hello?’ she heard next to her.
It wasn’t the curator. Zara didn’t move a muscle and held her breath.
He repeated. ‘Hello?’ and this time it sounded even closer.
‘The museum is closed,’ she said bravely.
‘It wasn’t closed when I walked in. What happened to the lights? Can you turn them on?’
He was trying so hard to sound French, she snickered.
‘I wish. The power went out.’
‘I don’t really know what I’m doing here,’ he said in a low voice.
‘That makes two of us,’ said Zara. ‘I wasn’t even supposed to be here today.’
‘Is this your museum, mademoiselle?’
Zara burst into laughter.
He was quiet for a moment, and Zara felt terrible for laughing at him. She knew better.
‘I’m sorry. My French isn’t so good. I’m trying to find a painting. It might not even be here but, for some reason—’
‘Which painting?’ she interrupted.
‘Monet’s Impression, Sunrise.’
Zara gulped. The one in the dream. The one in the book. She got so flustered, she forgot she was holding the book and let go. It fell to the floor with a loud thump.
Startled, she stepped to the left but stumbled onto something, losing her balance. Just as she almost hit the floor, he caught her with a strength she didn’t expect. He let go of her arms and their hands touched accidentally. Her heart beat fast. She wasn’t scared of him or the dark. It was just a strange sensation. Zara pulled back, embarrassed. What she felt in that moment for this boy she couldn’t even see, this boy she didn’t even know, was quite impossible and it both scared and fascinated her. A familiar, warm sensation. A tingling in her fingers, a fluttering in the pit of her stomach. Why was it familiar if she had never felt it before?
OLIVIA LARA was born and raised in Bucharest in a family of booklovers and storytellers. Since university she has worked as a journalist and marketer in Romania, France and the United States. She is currently a marketing executive in San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area with her husband, young daughter and four cats. Someday in Paris is her first novel.