Book Review: Mrs. Harris goes to Parris by Paul Gallico


Title: Mrx. Harris goes to Paris

By: Paul Gallico

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 305

Release Date: July 5th, 2010

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Mrs Harris is a salt-of-the-earth London charlady who cheerfully cleans the houses of the rich. One day, when tidying Lady Dant's wardrobe, she comes across the most beautiful thing she has ever seen – a Dior dress. She's never seen anything as magical and she's never wanted anything as much.

Determined to make her dream come true, Mrs Harris scrimps, saves and slaves away until one day, she finally has enough money to go to Paris. Little does she know how her life is about to be transformed forever …

Mrs Harris's adventures take her from her humble Battersea roots to the heights of glamour in Paris and New York as she learns some of life's greatest lessons along the way. 


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Mrs. Harris goes to Paris is a wonderful story, but the second short story in the book when Mrs. Harris goes to New York, not as much fun.

The main character in this book, Mrs. Harris is written beautifully. She has depth and color, and her life struggles are relatable. She also knows how to stand up for herself and what she wants. Mrs. Harris works out a plan to save enough money to by the dress she wants, but when she finally gets to Paris to buy it, prejudice stops her in her tracks.

The author really brings to light the divide between those with money and those who have little, and the thought that someone who has little could never afford something nice. I loved how this story played out and I had the good feels at the end.

I would stick to the first short story about Paris and skip the New York story. It wasn't worth the read.

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