My Review – A Paris Fairy Tale by Marie Laval

This was delivered to my kindle by the great team at Choc-Lit for me to read as part of their submissions taster panel.

Heartily consumed over two evenings at bedtime.


Paris Fairytale

Workaholic art historian Aurora Black doesn’t have time for fairy tales or Prince Charming’s, even in the most romantic city in the world.  She is hired by a Parisian auction house for a job that could make or break her career and unfortunately, daredevil journalist Cédric Castel seems intent on disrupting Aurora’s routine.

As Aurora and Cédric embark on a journey across France, they get more than they bargained for as they find themselves battling rogue antiques dealers and personal demons, not to mention a growing attraction to each other.


Marie’s writing style is very good and easy to read.  She enables the reader to imagine the setting and empathise with the characters effortlessly.

I was whisked along throughout the story enjoying the imagery of Paris with Papa Louis’ Jazz Club, Cédric’s apartment and a romantic, if crumbling, chateaux in the Massif Central to only name a few.

The characters back stories are cleverly intertwined with history and personal tragedies which whip you up and keep you going to the end where the whole story unfolds.  I have not read the Da Vinci Code, but I am guessing this may be similar to that novel but I don’t care, I loved it and read it in two sittings.

A love story with an historic betrayal and plenty of baddies too!

I bought and read Marie’s ‘Little Pink Taxi’ last summer and really enjoyed it.  I had no idea when I was reading this as a taster panel member that it was her writing – but loved it just as much.



A french ‘formidable’!

4 star review

Marie’s second contemporary novel published on 23rd July 2019 by Choc-Lit

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