When I first went to London with my then-boyfriend (now husband) he was very impressed with my extensive knowledge of the geography of the city. I was able to tell him what neighborhoods were known for what, where they were, and how to get to them. My familiarity with the town was remarkable because I'd never been there.
However, any lover of Regency historicals knows their Vauxhall Gardens from their Cheapside.
London has always been, for the very fact that I've pictured dozens of love stories playing out there, one of the places I've considered the most romantic. But Paris, the City of Light, the city of bridges, gourmet meals, and high fashion, is widely considered the most romantic spot in the world.
And after reading Eloisa James' memoir of her year living in Paris, Paris in Love , I can't help but wonder why more romances aren't set there. The recent work of Joanna Bourne comes to mind, as her network of spies criss-crosses the city in the midst of their espionage exploits (most recently in the RiTA-nominated The Black Hawk .) But why aren't more contemporary romances set there? I'd happily devour a tale of an American lady falling in love with the beautiful city and one of its French citizens.
This week at Romantic Reads, we're talking about this: what are the most romantic places in the world? Best cities for being in love, best countries for getting swept away by matters of the heart?
Other topics of interest this week: I want to know your thoughts on Nora Roberts' two-hundredth novel, The Witness , what you're reading now, and what new releases are on your to-buy list.
We want to hear from you!
What is the most romantic city on earth?
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Can't get enough about The Witness? Don't miss Marisa O'Neill's Heart to Heart review!