“A warm hearted story of the inevitable rollercoaster of romantic love… and the more important task of loving one’s self” from #1 international bestselling author Cathy Kelly (Elin Hilderbrand).

At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend. In that second, everything changes, not just for the happy couple, but for the family and friends awaiting their return in Ireland.

Leila’s been nursing a broken heart since her husband suddenly left her, but she’s determined to put on a brave face for the bride. Vonnie, a widow, has finally dared to let love back into her life, but a curveball arises that puts another’s safety at risk. And Grace, a school principal, finds that her son’s impending union brings her ex-husband back into her daily life, and starts to ponder past decisions and wonder if her divorce was in fact a mistake.

As these three women gather around the young couple to prepare for the wedding, they’ll each have to address their own demons and find a way to move forward, whatever the cost.

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"IT STARTED WITH PARIS is a huge bear hug of a novel. Cathy Kelly has written a warm hearted story of the inevitable roller coaster of romantic love and the more important task of loving one's self. I savored every page of this book."—Elin Hilderbrand, author of THE RUMOR
"Each character in this expansive cast is well-developed . . . Kelly is a skilled writer."—Kirkus
"In the latest novel from popular Irish novelist Kelly (The House on Willow Street, 2013), wedding plans are the connection between several characters. . . . Kelly slowly weaves the threads of her story together, ultimately creating a pleasant tapestry depicting the different ways people find and rediscover love."—Booklist
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