Libros Publishing (2014)
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (06/14)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘Parisian Promises,’ Romantic Fiction by Cecilia Velastegui on Blogcritics.
“Parisian Promises” by Cecilia Velastegui is the story of Monica and her friends during their year of study abroad in Paris. The girls make a promise to watch out and take care of each other while they are away. The setting is in 1973, and the three American girls all have their own idea of the Parisian dream. Very quickly Monica is swept away by the mysterious and handsome Jean-Michel.
The American students are boarding with Madam Caron de Pichet, an old lady stuck on believing that she was one of the most famous madams in Paris, fighting for her country when she was younger. Only Madam Caron de Pichet would truly know if her rants and raves from the past were even remotely true.
Monica is lured away by Jean-Michel and she fights the sexual urge to be with him, all the while thinking she is in love, while he sets her up to complete his mission of destruction. Little does Monica know that she is being set up for mind control by Jean-Michel’s smooth talking and lustful domination. One will have to read for themselves to find out if Monica will survive her trials and tribulations and discover what true love is really all about.
Although there is not much depth to the characters of the other American students, Lola is a character who has a little more of a supporting role in this novel. Lola’s personality is true to that old saying “What Lola wants, Lola gets,” as her character lives up to that for sure! Unlike Monica, the main character, Lola lives a much more “down to earth” life, rather than being on a fairy tale cloud, and she takes life by the minute. While Monica is naive, Lola is very strong willed and very mouthy.
Velastegui’s writing is captivating and elegant. “Parisian Promises” by Cecilia Velastegui is a historical fiction novel with elements of intrigue, suspense, fairy tale dreams of the perfect romance and even the perfect touch of heat that sparks the naughty mind. Velastegui writes with purpose and it is apparent that she is well traveled. Highly recommended!