Fly Me To Paris
by Helga Jensen
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Pub Date 18 May 2023 | Archive Date 03 May 2023
Can Penny find the courage to spread her wings?
Penny is not living her best life. Her job is far from thrilling and her long-term boyfriend shows no sign of wanting to commit. She has just turned fifty and is going nowhere.
Wanting a new start, Penny applies for a job as cabin crew, to find out if she can push herself out of her comfort zone.
Her new job brings the adventure she craves, even if she does keep bumping into impossibly handsome but deeply annoying pilot, Matt Garcia.
Stuck in Paris on an unscheduled stopover, the chemistry between them grows. But the path of love never did fly smooth, as Matt’s past threatens to come between them.
Beside which, Penny is not looking for love. But what if love finds her?
A romantic, uplifting and inspirational read all about taking chances later in life – fans of Milly Johnson and Sandy Barker will love this!
Praise for Helga Jensen:
‘I simply couldn’t put this down. I laughed out loud several times before I’d even finished the first chapter.’ Jules Wake
‘A joyous tale of rediscovering your dreams, love and sense of self. Sheer fun and absolute UpLit!’ Pernille Hughes
‘I love this book so much! All I wanted was for it not to end! It’s right there on my top romcoms list now.’ Natalie Normann
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Very excited to read and acquire Foy Me To Paris. I’ve loved anything Paris themed since Emily In Paris and even before that, it’s so nice to see what is considered an older heroine featured in a book like this, especially since shows like Younger ect, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts.
Firstly I would like to thank HeraAudio and the author Helga Jensen for access to fly me to Paris
The review I am going to make is an honest review regardless of the access I received for this book. It should be noted I was not paid for this review and ensure honesty in all my reviews.
This book finds Penny who is not living her life to the fullest and has turned fifty with little job thrill and a long-term boyfriend who will not commit. She takes a job as cabin crew and to gain a sense of adventure from her life – where she meets the pilot Matt (annoying and handsome how typical!).
It was a very easy and engaging book to read, and this author did something different with romance not following a twenty year to Paris but an older main character and I enjoyed this change from my usual romance reads. I would pick up another book by Helga in a heartbeat.
This review is on Goodreads (March 24, 2022):
This was a nice book! The characters were likable and the plot was great.
I love all things Paris (it is my dream travel destination) so of course I picked this book - and the cover was divine. Based in England, Penny, who is 50, just got dumped by her long time boyfriend. She meets glamorous Carys, a flight crew member, who suggests she apply for a position, as the airline is looking to hire ‘mature’ crew. Stuck in a retail job, she takes the leap and applies. It follows her journey of applying, safety and crew training and having her first flight. She meets handsome (but very rude) Captain Matt…and sparks fly.
This book was wonderful. I learned about all that goes into flight crew training. I also enjoyed that Penny was midlife and all that comes along with it. The only thing I didn’t care for was the immaturity of Matt and his handling of their relationship. It was embarrassing for a man his age - and I wouldn’t have given him so many chances. However this book is a good romcom that made me laugh and yearn for a life of traveling Europe.
Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
What a lovely story about love, loss and finding yourself and never being too old to change anything. I loved how this story was about an older person finding their place with work, love and friendship. It captured all the special moments of retraining for a new job, having the will to want to go and do something new and finding love along the way. This is a special story and would love to see these characters again, I love them. Helga is an amazing author. Thank you for this opportunity.
Penny isn't happy with her life. Her boyfriend tells her he's in love with someone else. She decides to try to train for cabin crew since she's just turned 50 and wants to make a new start. Loved this book
What a cute book! Penny is 50 years old and gets dumped by her boyfriend. She decided to become a flight attendant. Loved how the book went through the interview and training process and her first flights. It was such a refreshing change to have a romance about a middle age couple when Penny meets handsome Captain Matt. Will definitely be reading more by this author.
Can Penny Thomas find the courage to spread her wings?
'How I wish I had a lovely little girl I would dress her up and spoil her'. Sadly its to later for children now, her boyfriend Geraint, has never wanted children'
Little Darlings is the shop we're she works. Penny loves working there, 'she is the luckiest woman alive.
Still not married but she 'rely on Geraint d in everything'.
Geraint says he is having an affair, not going on charity bike rides but really he's been with Alex the other woman. He goes on to say 'I though maybe you realised that things weren't quite right with our relationship' he's also got Alex pregnant.
Penny meets a lady in the shop who she 'feels a connection with this woman, who gets payed for traveling the world. Carys works as long haul cabin crew.
Penny just turned 50, needs a new career but she shouldn't do anything impulses
But one drunken night, she aplys for a job.
'There is a big wide world just waiting to be discovered and everyone has the potential to reach their dreams'
Penny missed out on traversing when she was younger, so it must be her time now.
The company she works for is Carm Air and the new uniform turns 'A new empowered Penny'
She goes on to say 'It really would be a dream come true'
Miserable Matt, is a piot.
Her current 'I don't want to leave her in the lurch' meaning Jane her only real friend.
Training 'did it with the support of my team'!
'We can share anything and be so open and honest'.
Penny is. beginning to trust others, especially Michelle, Greg, Arabella, 'an unbreakable bond'.
'They really are my family. I love these guys' Penny says at graduation ceremony.
First flight ✈️ to Paris. A good looking man gives her his number.
Says over in a posh hotel, and is given a envelope with money in it, to spend at the hotel but most of it goes on a drink at the bar.
Next flight captain Matt Grarcia comes over, he 'must put on a different voice for his announcements'. Such an annoying man. 'Why can I stop thinking about him'.
Plain gets stick in Paris for two more night, as there is an engine fail.
'Matt makes my heart beat faster', as the walk together after lunch. But he's married!
'Oh,that voice' says When she hears his voice over the tannoy
But he explained about the circumstances around his marriage 💑.
Matt is 58, but acouding to Penny he 'looks much younger'
Penny and Matt's relationship grows but then fulls, it takes you on a rolla coasters of emotions, we're it will ends nobody knows, till the very end!
Lots of individual characters such as Becky, which gives the book depth. So overall a good throughout novel, and it helps that writer used to work as cabin crew- it makes it more believable!
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for giving me a complementary digital copy of this ebook in exchange for a full, frank and honest review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
Thanks to NetGalley and Hera for the opportunity to read Fly Me to Paris by Helga Jensen. Fun to read a romcom with a protag older than 20. Enjoyable read.
Fly Me to Paris by Helga Jensen was a feel good story about a young girl trying to find her way in the world. Penny is a good hearted person that makes you cheer her on. She gets involved in a relationship that up until the end, you feel is toxic and you don’t really know what the outcome will be. Thank you NetGalley for this electronic advanced reader copy. I’ll be on the lookout for more books by this author and will be recommending this one!
This is a new author for me and I picked the book based on the fact it had Paris in the title as I am obsessed with anything Parisian and am so pleased I have it a go as not only have I found a new author but this was a delightful read and love how the author round about relatable characters and issues and how it’s possible to make a fresh start when approaching your 50s.
I loved the descriptions of Paris and of the details surrounding working as cabin crew and made me feel like I was there within the book. This was a brilliant uplifting light hearted read.
This book gives hope that no matter what age you are it’s never too late to start again and fulfil your dreams. I would love a sequel to this to see where penny’s life takes her next.
oh yes yes yes, a big yes for that book!!! First time for me to read a book by Helga Jense, and oh boy, how I loved it!!!! I wasn't expecting to enjoy that book so much!!! Here we are following a woman who just got dumped by her boyfriend and who decided to change her life and so change her job. She becomes flight attend. So much fun to read this book! So much fun to read about the training to become cabin crew! So much fun to read about what is going to happen during the first flights! And oh of course the best part of this book! The romance! I can only recommend this book to you if you love flying, if you love travelling and if you want a fun book to read!!!! 4 stars out of 5 for me!
Paris is one of my favourite travel destinations, and this, as well as the cute cover, drew me in. This book uses a well-known plot and follows middle-aged Penny as she embarks on a career change as a flight attendant. Add in a grumpy pilot, and sparks fly.
This was a sweet, clean read, with nothing heavy or complicated.
I finished this easy, quick read in an hour.
Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book in return for my honest review.
Love a light romance fun read. I especially enjoyed having an older lead character. This style story can be somewhat predictable, but is this one of the things I like most about them. I will be seeking out more from this author.
What a lovely story that I really needed right now. I have a friend in her late forties who has just done this so it was weird to read about it! A great topic for a novel and a fun read too. I love the fact the author was an air stewardness as this gave the novel lots of good details and nuances. A lovely bit of romance and in the most romantic city in the world. I rather think that that might be on a plane though too!
What a wonderful book this is. Helga writes from the heart and this book is set in Paris, the city of romance. A lovely, light summery read.
To be honest, the first part of this book was a little slow for me, but once past that, I finished it in no time! Penny is felt by many to be past her prime at 50, but she is just off a 10 year relationship that she thought would last but didn't. Working at a job she mostly enjoys but often doesn't, when a chance meeting with Carys turns into a discussion on becoming a flight attendant, she figures why not go for it?
When Penny arrives for training, one of the awkward events of the day is a meeting with Matt, clearly an obnoxious captain, as he is nothing but rude to Penny. As time goes on, he keeps popping up in her orbit, and it frustrates Penny every time....until it doesn't. Penny, against all odds, starts to feel an attraction for Matt. Is he really as rude and obnoxious as he seems? I don't write spoilers so I won't tell you what happens, but I will say I did enjoy it very much. It was very nice to read a story about people who aren't twenty-somethings with their high school sweetheart!
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book, but my opinions are my own.
Just what I needed a great book to get snuggled up to and start my day in the garden under the sun. Fly Me To Paris by Helga Jensen was a romantic, hilarious beautifully written book set in busy Paris the city of Love. It's a lovely quick read. Once you start to read this book I wanted to go back to Paris and see more of this wonderful city.
Helga Jensen had a fantastic ability to create characters who are so real and believable. She made this book come alive and an enjoyable read. I did not want it to finish.................My happy Book I ended up just sitting there rethinking it and just wanted more.
I highly recommend this book. Its a beautiful read form the start till the end! I loved it and will be reading more from this author.
Big thank you to Hera and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.
Penny Thomas is a good hearted soul. I felt guilty because she’s a better person than I am.
At fifty her life changed when the rotter she has been in a relationship with dumps her. I wanted to throw him over a cliff at how he treated her.
Then Penny makes a bold move and applies to become an airline steward.
Romance rears again, but of course, there are complications.
Personally, I would have left Becky in the lurch, but then I’m not that nice.
I can Identify with Penny because we’re the same age and I dream of doing something different too.
Thank you NetGalley and Helga Jensen for sending me an arc of this book. All opinions here are mine.
This book is incredible! Penny is a 50-year-old woman who sees her life unravel after a heartbreak. In the meantime, she realizes that the life she leads is not the life she dreamed of and ends up meeting Carrys, the flight attendant who is everything Penny ever wanted to be.
Soon, Penny decides to change the course of her life and live her dream: to be a flight attendant and see the world. This part is incredible, I learned a lot about training the crew on board an airplane, how the processes work and much more. Also, Paris is an amazing place, so it was super fun and exciting to accompany Penny on this adventure.
I really liked the book's message about never being too late to live our dreams, to change course and live new adventures, even when the world tells us that this is no longer possible, that we are too old or without perspective of a better future.
I highly recommend this reading!
This was a real feel good read book. I loved how Penny the main character was 50 and she really changed her life by becoming a cabin crew member. Her tales of training were lovely. You had broken love and new love . A great ending. Nice descriptions of Paris . Dolly the car sounded fun . I loved it
Thank you NetGalley, Helga Jensen and Hera for the copy of Fly me to Paris. This is my personal review.
Penny just isn’t living the life she had envisioned for herself. She felt stuck and needed a change, especially after getting dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to train and become a cabin crew member. This begins an adventure and new life she needs.
I enjoyed this book a lot, the characters are wonderful. The author did a wonderful job of bringing the story to life for me.
Thanks to the Publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy.
Another book by Helga Jensen that I’ve lived reading.
It had a beautiful setting, felt as if I was in Paris, and the characters were relatable, with their issues.
The story made you think that it’s not too late to make a fresh start, regardless of your age.
Paris was described so perfectly as well as what the cabin crew do aboard a flight with difficult passengers.
I highly recommend this book.
- Reading this book made me feel good and uplifted.
- It’s an enemies to lovers trope, it’s my favorite trope. (It also includes slow burn romance)
- It’s also my favorite genre which is chick lit romance
- I enjoyed the vivid depictions of Paris and introducing me to new culinary experience like the “Galette” dish.
- made me realize that it’s never too late to achieve your dreams like penny. Also sometimes life can take you on a completely different journey to the one you thought you were destined for.
- The author does an excellent job of portraying the emotions that come with a breakup, from the initial shock and sadness to the eventual acceptance and realization that it may have been for the best.
- I really like the character development for penny, by the end she’s evolved into a stronger and more empowered version of herself.
✅Overall, it is a delightful heartwarming read that will leave you feeling good and inspired. It covers various themes like love, loss, self-discovery and the significance of seizing opportunities.
Cautious introvert Penny leads a quiet life in Wales. She has a secure but unchallenging sales job and a long-term boyfriend who doesn’t want to commit. Having turned fifty, she reflects on what her younger self would have imagined from life: mostly travel and adventure. When her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her, she wonders if it’s too late to embark on that life she’s always dreamed of.
A chance encounter with an airline stewardess gets her to apply for a cabin crew position. To her surprise, she’s selected and begins her training. Through the process, she learns to challenge herself and kickstarts her life, one filled with work she loves, new friends and plenty of travel across Europe… and even a possible new love interest on the horizon.
This is a light, fun romance about changing your life and embarking on new adventures … no matter your age.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy - all thoughts are my own.
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