It's Not Love, It's Just Paris

It's Not Love, It's Just Paris

Book - 2013
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Lita del Cielo has been granted one year to pursue her studies in Paris before returning to America to work in the family business. She moves into a gently crumbling Left Bank mansion known as the House of Stars, where the spirited but bedridden Countess Seraphine rents out rooms to young women visiting Paris to study, work, and, unofficially, to find love. Cautious and guarded, Lita keeps a cool distance from the other girls, who have come to the City of Light from all over the world, and who intimidate and fascinate her. Then one day Lita meets Cato, and the contours of her world shift.

Set in a Paris of late-night bars, parties on the river, and vintage shops, Engel's debut novel marks the arrival of an original new voice.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers, c2013.
ISBN: 9781443423458
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 24 cm.


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Feb 03, 2014

Well written character study of a young girl who escapes her family roots in Paris for a year. Lita's parents are South American orphans who have amazed wealth after coming to America and opening what has become the largest Latin American food distributorship in the world. Lita comes to Paris to study international diplomacy and lives in an elite boarding house with several young ladies. While the plot may sound frivolous, the book is far from that. Lita learns about herself as she involves herself with several people, including a young, fragile man who captures her heart. I especially liked the owner of the house, Seraphine, who befriends and counsels Lita. Great characters and a good read.

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