The Innkeeper on the Edge Of Paris by J. Schlenker - IHIBRP 5-Star Book Review
A Ghostly Encounter At A Parisienne Inn Unlocks A Young Woman’s Destiny!
Overview: Three years after her divorce, Isa Muir announces to the shock of family and her colleagues that she is quitting her job as an elementary school librarian and buying a one-way ticket to France. She never expects her stay there will lead to a ghost, reincarnation, and timeless love.
J. Schlenker’s “The Innkeeper on the Edge of Paris” is a wonderful modern romance tale that takes place around a picturesque little cottage inn on the outskirts of the Eternal City. There is much more to this destination romance story than meets the eye when the ghost of a 17th-century French woman, named Dora, suddenly appears to the inn’s newly-checked-in American tourist, Isa. When Isa’s dreams of Dora—the inn’s resident spirit—make way for the actual appearance of the ghost in real life, the unexpected onset of a possible romance with a visiting Scotsman provokes a stunning tale of lost love, a devastating family tragedy, a keep of secret love letters, reincarnation, and destiny.
The juxtaposition of past and present between two young women born centuries apart is well presented and thoughtfully maintained between Author Schlenker’s characters, Isa, and her ghostly doppelgänger, Dora. Schlenker sets up a vivid comparison of the women’s two separate timelines while staying true to the historical and cultural differences between her two main characters. At the same time, the author focuses on the chance similarities and relationships impacting their separate yet similar life progressions, setting up a series of metaphysical ties that inextricably brings the pair together. As Isa’s days progress and her dreams fill her in on the bits and pieces of a life that she will soon realize was once hers, circumstances become fate, and fractions of Isa’s real-life begin to reflect her nightly dreams. She inevitably finds herself and her new paramour swept up in an unavoidable journey that reveals Destiny will always prevail.
J. Schlenker weaves a compelling and complex metaphysical romance novel in “The Innkeeper on the Edge of Paris”. Her compelling descriptions of the scenery, culture, and pace of everyday life in la belle France paint a marvelous portrait of Paris and the surrounding countryside. With backstories about popular French artists, descriptions about the glories of classic French cuisine, travel notes about well-known landmarks and hidden gems, and remarks concerning the history and customs of the past in comparison to modern France, Schlenker presents a vivid, realistic, and immersive novel that will instantly sweep any reader right off their feet.
This charming yet mysterious tale is quite hard to put down, and I highly recommend “The Innkeeper on the Edge of Paris” for any reader who loves destination romances, ghost stories, metaphysical mysteries, and tales of reincarnation.
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