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The Paris Widow

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This book was surprisingly very good! I only selected this book because it is set in Paris. I love Paris and I was looking forward to reading about the landmarks, etc. However, the actual story was excellent. It was a lot more action/suspense than an actual mystery. It was clever and a little romantic. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read The Paris Widow.

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Fast-paced and fun thriller. For some reason I kept thinking of the Beatles movie “Help”- danger everywhere, sexy and exotic locales, everyone looking for a mysterious gold ring…. Though the story was quick and breezy, I found the characters flat and not engaging. But I don’t think this was meant to be a character-driven story like “Dear Wife” was. This was just pure adrenaline and a wild ride. Thank you Netgalley and Kimberly Belle for the ARC and the opportunity to review this book.

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Roller coaster of opinions on this book. Started really superficial. Got really interesting and surprising. Ended weirdly, with things not quite connecting and making sense. I liked it though, in the end. Solid, just could use some editing to clean it up before release.

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I thought this was an incredible page Turner! It hooked me at the very beginning and kept me reading until the very last page. I will definitely recommend this one to friends!

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The Paris Widow
By Kimberly Belle

Plot: When Stella met Adam, she thought she had finally found a nice, normal guy—a welcome change from her previous boyfriend and her precarious jetsetter lifestyle with him. But her secure world comes crashing down when Adam goes missing after an explosion in the city square. Unable to reach him, she panics. 
 
As the French police investigate, it’s revealed that Adam was on their radar as a dealer of rare and stolen antiquities with a long roster of criminal clients. Reeling from this news, Stella is determined not to leave Paris until she has the full story. Was Adam a random victim or the target of the explosion? And why is someone following her through the streets of Paris?

Review: From the first chapter, I felt a pull to this story. Like one magnet to another, I couldn’t put this book down even if I wanted to. The writing was superb and I felt like I was walking along side the characters. The Paris setting elevated the storyline and added a level of suspense as American’s trying find their way out of a dramatic situation in another country. Cut off from your family and friends and forced to navigate both grief and shock all alone. The balance between Stella’s present and Adam’s past POV was a welcome surprise and a simple, yet impactful way to hold our attention. Kimberly clearly did her research, as the book felt authentic and accurate! 

If you are looking for a book with tons of twists and turns, with an epic conclusion, this is the must-have summer book for you!

The Paris Widow is out June 11th, 2024! Thank you to Kimberly Belle, NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for an ARC copy of The Paris Widow.

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Stella and Adam are on a fabulous vacation to France when Adam goes missing after an explosion. Stella is frantic to find him which only escalates as she learns her husband isn't quite who she thought he was. Was he an innocent bystander or a target of the bombing? Stella will stop at nothing to discover the truth. A page-turning, thriller full of twists!

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I loved this book, kept me right on the edge of my seat! Definitely recommend, Kimberly Belle is one of my favorite authors and she did not disappoint!

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4.5 stars
I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It had me sitting back wondering, then actively guessing and questioning what I knew, what might be true, where the story was going next. Just a lot of fun with more and more layers as the pages turned . I was intrigued by the very real world of black market sales of looted and stolen art and antiquities.

I'm excited to find a new-to-me author in this genre. I will definitely be seeking out more of Belle's books.

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I liked this. I learned a lot about the dealing of and stolen antiquities. Stella and Adam are on vacation when Adam goes back to get his sunglasses from a restaurant. A bomb goes off and he goes missing. From there life for Stella is not what she thought. Adam went into hiding but she thought he died. He has been dealing in rare and stolen antiquities which is not what she thought. Stella can not trust anyone as she tries to figure out what is going on. I feel like this is a less twisty novel by Kimberly Belle but I still really enjoyed it. This novel was very much about the relationship between Stella and Adam and how they felt for each other despite all the lies and secrets. I am glad they got a happy ending even with all the chaos they endured.

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Highly recommend this emotionally charged thriller set in Paris! A well developed plot with before and after timelines that keeps your heart racing from chapter to chapter. The twists and ending were great!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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I loved this one! It starts out with Adam and Stella in Paris enjoying a vacation and their perfect love. But is everything perfect? Although you’ll get no spoilers from me, suffice it to say I read this straight through because I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next! Fast paced and thrilling,
the book is filled with intriguing characters and beautifully descriptive pages of spots I would love to visit. I highly recommend this as something to read on the beach with a cold drink and a cafe nearby. Enjoy!

#TheParisWife
#BeachRead

Thank you Harlequin Trade Publishing and NetGalley for this advance copy

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The Paris Widow is one of my favorite books of 2024. Stella is having the time of her life with her adoring husband on a Paris vacation. They get separated when hubby goes back to a restaurant to retrieve his cheapo sunglasses. A bomb goes off, and hubby is nowhere to be found.
The next thing we know, Stella is being questioned by authorities about her hubby's illegal activities. There are plenty of Signature Kimberly Belle twists and turns. I predict this will be the hit of the Summer.

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Loved this one!!! This story takes place between mainly Stella and Adam and what has gone wrong in Paris and their life. They both have many secrets that neither of them know about but are starting to find out. Adam is missing and Stella isn’t so innocent. This book made me drop everything to read it. Really good.

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The Paris Widow has found its place in the list of my favorite books of 2024 so far (it releases on June 11th so you'll have a bit of a wait on your hands). The story centers around Stella and Adam and occasionally jumps to the beginning of their European trip. Stella, a former flight attendant has finally found a nice normal guy, or so she thinks. When their Parisian getaway turns tragic and her husband is presumed dead, she finds out that her husband might not have been who he said he was, and there is no one she can truly trust.

You can finish this novel from beginning to end in a couple evenings of dedicated reading, and trust me you won't want to put it down! Definitely in my top 5 of 2024!

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Thank you to @netgalley and @HarlequinTrade for this ARC. Stella and Adam are traveling around Europe on the tail end of a his business trip. When he leaves his sunglasses at a cafe, she decides to head back to grab their bags so they can quickly leave for the airport. On her way, a bomb goes off in the direction of the cafe and Adam is no where to be found. Over the next few days, she learns that Adam has been involved in some kind of illegal trade that she knew nothing about. Though she has done her own wrong in the past, she can't believe any of that could be true. She needs to get to the bottom of the investigation and find out what happened to Adam. Kimberly Belle is awesome! #TheParisWidow #KimberlyBelle #June2024 #HarlequinTrade

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Fast paced fiction at its finest. This mystery is a love story involving the blood antiquities market and the persistence of a woman. Never, never underestimate a woman in love who has been told to go home. I’m recommending this one to my book club.

Thanks to Harlequin Trade for providing me with this review copy.

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Wow this thriller is such a journey! The Paris Widow is such a whirlwind the moment you start this book you won’t want to put it down. You’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire time, get comfortable because this is one of those books where you start and finish the same day. This story follows Stella as she finds out the truth about who she is really married to and the best part this that it’s set in beautiful Paris! It’s extremely fast paced and action packed including topics of embezzlement, betray, greed and lots of dirty secrets! The twists and turns are absolutely worth the read, I highly recommend this to all my fellow thriller readers!

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Thank you @parkrowbooks, @htpbooks, and @netgalley for the eARC of The Paris Widow by @kimberlysbelle in exchange for an honest review!

📖📖 Book Review 📖📖 I always get a flutter in my heart going through customs but I never have anything to declare. The Paris Widow opens at the airport with a mysterious woman transporting a gold-illuminated manuscript and right away, the reader is hooked! Stella and Adam are enjoying their summer traveling around Paris, hoping to immerse themselves in the local food and culture. When Adam goes missing after what appears to be a terrorist bombing, their perfect Parisien vacation disappears in the blink of an eye. Stella is a bright and quick-thinking female main character, someone I would absolutely want to travel with and have around in case of an emergency. And so it’s no surprise when she realizes there is a lot more to her husband’s story than she ever knew. Gripping, fast-paced, and an absolutely thrilling adventure of a novel that you will not want to put down!

4.5/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I usually do my reviews on Amazon (barbarawr), but this one isn't eligible to be reviewed (probably because it hasn't been published yet. But I watch my NetGalley books to make sure I review them as soon as they are published.

I really liked this book. I was wrapped up in the story from the very beginning, and I was sorry when it ended. I loved how the people in Paris actually spoke French, and that it was simple enough French that I could understand most of it without reading the next line where it explained what it meant in English. Being in such a magical place when the unthinkable happened made it seem even more horrendous than it would have if it had been set somewhere else. Stella was totally likeable, making it easy to feel the ups and the downs with her, and I thought it was very smart of the author not to tell us about her past until we already liked her, at which point it was easy for me to say that the past is the past and people can change. I liked that there was enough information about blood antiquities that I was able to fully understand what it was all about, but not so much that I felt like I was back in school being forced to take a class that I had zero interest in. And the ending was very satisfying, which is always a plus for me. I highly recommend this book.

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I rather enjoyed this story. It had several twists I didn't see coming, and kept me entertained. The "blood antiquities" angle was interesting -- I'd never really thought about it before. My one criticism about the book would be the plot turn relating to Stella's past - it wasn't an issue for 75% of the book and now it's important? It didn't add up to me. That aside, I liked this, and will read more from the author.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher and NetGalley, and my review is being left freely.

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