Reader reviews for The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris

I'm a sucker for books about Paris, and I had read Baxter's first book about life in that city, so when I saw this volume on special for 99-cents from iBooks, I grabbed it. This is a quick and pleasant read. It is a good template for walks for anyone visiting Paris (although, somehow, I think I'd avoid the author's walking tour business as being outrageously expensive). He gives insights that only someone who lives in the city can give & that's what makes this book so much fun.
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An enjoyable ramble through literary Paris, The title is a little misleading as it is part memoir, part history and wanders around somewhat. The Most Beautiful Walk... is not actually mapped out or shown, but is more of a personal reflection of the streets and alleyways of Paris. A nice distraction that can be put down and picked up quite easily without losing any thread.
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Although well written on the whole, the plot seems uncomfortably similar to Just One of Those Flings by Candice Hern.
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I enjoyed this personal view of Paris and Parisians written by an expatriate Australian. He writes very well, always holding your interest. It is like an entertaining conversation rather than a substantial written work.
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This is a case of how one is captured by a book; for me, it was the title and the cover more so than the actual content. Allow me to explain. First, the title….who WOULDN’T want to experience that and when you find out it’s set in Paris, it’s almost a guarantee. They are known as the city of lights for a reason and their beautiful architecture speaks for itself. Second, let’s look at that cover. Every time I look at it I get lost in the waterways of the top image or imagine myself strolling down the lamp lit street below. The subtle use of color in both give them a warm glow, inviting the reader to take that first step on the pathway to greater things. Beyond the beautiful cover and promise of a remarkable time though, the story within isn’t entirely disappointing…it’s just not quite what my imagination thought it might be. You see I was prepared for a sweeping narrative with bookishness to spare and while there were literary references along with the discovery that others (as in visitors to the city) could appreciate them as well, there was a lot more real life that seeped in between the lines. In all my reading excitement, I think it slipped my mind that this was in fact a MEMOIR, a travel one nonetheless. I’m not opposed to the genre, as I’ve read and shared my experience with them before, but unfortunately this one didn’t quite meet my expectations. Will it meet yours? Hard to say…but if you do decide that French is the language of reading love for you, grab your beret, a glass of wine and settle down for a journey through life from a residents point of view.
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SECRETS OF A PROPER COUNTESS by Lecia Cornwall is an exciting historical Regency romance.It is full of danger,romance, sweet sensuality,betrayal,treason,secrets,love,family,intrigue,seduction,deadly missions, disguises,lies,and witty banter. The characters are unforgettable and will capture your hearts from the first page to the last.When seduction,danger and secrets pull Lady Isobel Maitland together with Phineas,The Marquess of Blackwood,not only does sparks fly,but thought long ago buried will be opened and love will blossom.Isobel is locked into widowhood by the will her late husband left,giving guardianship of her young son and her lands to his brother and mother and not to his wife.She is treated horribly by her in-laws,made to wear ugly,mourning clothes for three years,can do nothing with her 5 year old son and has no freedom,if she does; not only will lose her son,but her estates and both their lives. Isobel longs for freedom,love and happiness.Phineas,is not the rake everyone believes him to be,but has his own secrets that only his brother-in-law knows.He longs also for love and happiness,but doesn't realize it until is is nearly to late.This is a fast pace,page turning,story with moments of wit,that actually will have you laughing at loud.I enjoyed this story from beginning to end and am looking forward to the next installment.This is this author's debut book and an author to watch for,I know I will.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and the publisher and details can be found at Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and My Book Addiction and More.
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