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New On My Shelf This Week

I received a lovely email of introduction from this author, after she had been chatting with my fellow blogging friend Elizabeth, over at ‘Silver’s Reviews‘, who thought I might be interested in promoting and reviewing ‘Paris Ever After’ and had passed on my contact details. I really appreciate your faith in me Elizabeth; and Karen, thanks for the lovely complimentary copy of the book 🙂


Cover Image Of 'Paris Ever After' By K.S.R. (Karen) BurnsCan Amy’s rocky start in Paris turn into a happy ever after?

Amy didn’t realize how stale her life was until she jetted off to Paris without telling a soul—not even her husband—and had the adventure of a lifetime. Now as she tries to establish herself in the City of Light, she finds that despite a fun (and quirky) group of friends and the ability to indulge in French pastries whenever she wants, reinventing her life is much harder than she imagined.

Then on Amy’s thirtieth birthday, two unexpected visitors leave her wondering if she will soon be saying au revoir to Paris and the new life she’s struggled to build. Her estranged husband, Will, shows up—but is he interested in reconciliation or separation? And a young woman who arrives on Amy’s doorstep unleashes chaos that could push Amy out into the street.

As Amy’s Parisian dream starts to fall apart, she must decide: return to the stability of Will and Phoenix (if that’s even still an option) or forge her way forward in Paris? Amid secrets and surprises, set in enchanting gardens, cozy cafés, and glittering Parisian streets, Amy must choose between two very different worlds. And each has a claim on her heart. 

Clicking on the book’s title will link you directly with it’s Goodreads listing.


Image Of Author K.S.R. (Karen) BurnsUnder her fiction writing name, K. S. R. Burns, is the author of the Amazon bestseller, The Paris Effect and this, its standalone sequel, Paris Ever After.

As Karen Burns, a self-confessed grammar and language nerd, she publishes her non-fiction writing, which includes the business book, The Amazing Adventures Of  Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use.

She has lived and worked in four countries and 22 cities, including Paris. No longer a wanderer and definitely not a sun worshipper, Karen now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and cat, where in addition to  her novels, she also writes a weekly career advice column for The Seattle Times.

Keep up to date with all Karen’s latest news at her website

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I never thought that one day I’d be writing novels, much less novels taking place in Paris. As a girl I dreamed of traveling to the City of Light and when I finally did get to spend significant time there (not by running away from home, as Amy did, but it was still a big adventure), I found that it was just as fabulous as I’d always known it would be. I also found that Paris has some not-so-fabulous aspects, as every city does! It’s this balance of “romantic dream versus gritty reality” that I’ve tried to convey in my books. Most of all, I aim to make my stories fun to read, yet not entirely fluffy, with a little bit of wisdom thrown in.


Picture of an English red post boxis a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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  • Been waiting for this post, Yvonne. And the wait was worth it as I really like the sound of this one. Sadly, I’ve never been to Paris but still enjoy reading about the city as much as I love reading about the rest of France. Have you been? I shall definitely investigate this one on Amazon and have followed the author on Twitter too.

    • I have been to Paris a couple of times, but had limited chance to sightsee, as they were basically both work related trips. From what I saw though, it is a beautiful place, although I’m sure it has its share of not quite such nice parts, just like any other city.

      Don’t be put off by the fact that this is a sequel, unless of course you plan on reading the books in order. This is going to work really well as a stand alone story and just in case, Karen has added a secret ingredient, which I shall be sharing in my next post to feature the book, ‘Book Beginnings On Friday’, in a week or twos time 🙂

    • Hi Cindy,

      I’m sure that this story line has the potential for some real jaw-dropping and amusing moments .But I can also see the potential for some meaningful and intense exchanges between characters with whom I am already feeling familiar, after reading just a few pages.

      I hope that you find time to check this one out and have a great week 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I have been in something of a reading slump and haven’t so much as picked a book up in the last week. So when Karen offered me this download of ‘Paris Ever After’, as part of the promotional posts I shall be publishing, I decided to bump it straight to the top of my list and get stuck in. I have still only read a few pages, but it definitely has real promise and is just what I need to restore my reading mojo.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week 🙂

    • Thanks so much for thinking of me when Karen was talking to you about possible promotional / review sites for this book. She is so lovely to work with and has promised a guest post for nearer the May publication date, so I am looking forward to that.

      The cover art for both books in the series is amazing, simple but very effective and I love the choice of clean, fresh colours.

      Happy Reading 🙂

  • The plot of this novel does have some appealing aspects, but I’m not sure I could ever relate to the main character. The sensible side of me could never jet off overseas (or anywhere!) without telling someone!!

    I’ve visited Paris a few times in the distant past and have to admit it wasn’t my favorite place. Sorry to be a “downer” in my comment today! It really does sound like a great book for the right reader. 🙂

    • Kelly, you are definitely not a ‘downer’ by any stretch of the imagination. It wouldn’t do for us all to enjoy the same thing, whether it be book, music, film, or anything else for that matter.

      I am always grateful that you take the time to read my posts and comment in a positive way that invokes conversation and debate.

      Like yourself, I would never disappear off without telling someone where I was heading and certainly not internationally, but then I think that we might come from a generation with a different mindset about responsibility and commitment. These days it seems that doing what is right for you as an individual is all that matters. Who’s to say which is right or wrong, or are they both just two different sides of the same coin?

      I am definitely not a big city girl by any means, far too much hustle and bustle for my liking. Once the tried and tested touristy places and experiences have been exhausted, that’s usually about my limit of endurance.

      ‘Paris Ever After’ does have the potential to shape up into quite a nice story and it is just about at my reading level of concentration right now.

      Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

  • Thanks, Yvonne, for the wonderful feature. I’m loving reading the comments too! You obviously have a great group of readers. Kelly, I agree that jetting off to Paris without telling someone is kind of crazy. Would I do it? Well…….maybe I’ve always dreamed of it, a little (when I was younger and crazier, not any more). But you are absolutely right, it is not sensible. On the bright side, it does give readers something to discuss and even disagree about, which is part of the fun of reading groups (both my books were written with reading groups in mind). I appreciate, and take seriously, all input!

    • It has been a pleasure to host you Karen and I look forward to sharing more about the book with my readers and followers, over the course of the next few weeks.

      It wouldn’t do for us all to enjoy the same reading genres and I have to admit that I only read contemporary fiction on a rare occasion, but I am thoroughly liking what I have read of ‘Paris Ever After’, so far and it is so fitting my reading mood right now.

      Good Luck as the release date gets ever closer 🙂


  • That book is new to me! It does have a lovely cover and I enjoy all things Paris. And the story sounds good! I hope you enjoy it. Have a great reading week!

    • Hi Kay,

      This is the Paris of someone who has made it her home, however temporarily. She has her own favourite bakery and cheese shop and feels a part of the small community in which she lives – now that’s the real Paris and the one I want to know more about, as I travel with Amy on her journey.

      The central characters are quickly shaping up and without too much preamble, I am into the story, which is always fine by me.

      Thanks for stopping by this week and Happy Reading 🙂

  • Amy is too young for a midlife crisis but she’s definitely fed up and wants a change. Either way, this one sounds good. I love the Paris setting. Enjoy it!

    • Ah! but change is already on the way – the secret is out in the first couple of pages, but the consequences are far-reaching and I am not far enough into the story to even begin to guess any outcomes yet.

      I am enjoying the descriptive style of writing so far and the more detail I can take away about something of the ‘real’ Paris, the better I shall enjoy the story 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week – Don’t work too hard!

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