April 21, 2021

Maggie Finds Her Muse

Maggie Finds Her Muse

by Dee Ernst

Published April 20, 2021
by St. Martin’s Griffin

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Romance / Women’s Fiction

From The Publisher:

All Maggie Bliss needs to do is write. Forty-eight years old and newly single (again!), she ventures to Paris in a last-ditch effort to finish her manuscript. With a marvelous apartment at her fingertips and an elegant housekeeper to meet her every need, a finished book—and her dream of finally taking her career over the top—is surely within her grasp. After all, how could she find anything except inspiration in Paris, with its sophistication, food, and romance in the air?

But the clock is running out, and between her charming ex-husband arriving in France for vacation and a handsome Frenchman appearing one morning in her bathtub, Maggie’s previously undisturbed peace goes by the wayside. Charming and heartfelt, Dee Ernst’s Maggie Finds Her Muse is a delightful and feel-good novel about finding love, confidence, and inspiration in all the best places.

My Thoughts:

What a breath of fresh air this book is – a romance that centers around people in their late 40s! The whole thing had me humming the Frank Sinatra song about love being lovelier the second time around. Will she go back into a relationship with her ex-husband or take a chance on French Max or neither? Will she ever finish her book? I really enjoyed the all the descriptions of Paris; they evoked lovely memories and made me long to travel again (which I hope will happen in the near future). I have cousins in Paris but alas, not ones with an apartment I can simply stay in any time I want to, like the lucky Maggie can! I also loved the scenes in Manhattan and in New Jersey – very authentic. The portrayal of Maggie’s daughter, who has Asperger’s, was so empathetic. This is my first book by Dee Ernst but it won’t be my last.