Book Review, Comedy, Older Woman, Younger Man, Opposites Attract, Romance, Suspense

Audrey by Sean-Paul Thomas


Just out of prison, a young builder and aspiring writer meets a washed-up, middle-aged French film actress who tries to help him win back his estranged daughter by getting his screenplay made into a movie in Paris.


My first Sean-Paul Thomas novel was a pleasure to read. It surprised me with its opposites attract trope and of course my favorite older woman, younger man plot. The well-written protagonists are mature and so good for each other with Joe the introvert and Audrey the extrovert. 

I found Joe to be very intriguing and relatable with his working-class background, his struggle to see his daughter again after being in prison for five years, and his big dreams of becoming a screenwriter. His introduction to Audrey is his lucky break in many ways. Her outgoing, bold, and confident manner is a great contrast to Joe’s careful and awkward demeanor as they find common ground as writers. It is fun to watch Joe blossom in Paris under Audrey’s mentoring and guidance as a writer. The chemistry between these two is immediate as Joe is thrown into a world beyond his wildest dreams, but in the end, he chooses what’s right for him. It’s not a typical HEA but it’s fitting and hopeful.

I recommend this heartwarming story about self-discovery and finding what is important in your life. It’s an angsty romance filled with humor, hope, and suspense set in beautiful Edinburgh and Paris. Give this wonderful book a try.

Thank you to Mr. Thomas for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.



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Scottish Author/Screenwriter. Best Selling Kindle Author of The Old Man and The Princess (Now optioned to be a major motion picture)

Sean is an author from Edinburgh in Scotland. He spent most of his childhood and teenage years on the move with his Scottish and Irish army Parents growing up in the likes of Cyprus, Germany, Wales, and England, as an army brat.

With a keen interest in both reading and writing, he was diagnosed with the travelling and writing bugs very early on in life. Now, writing, traveling, reading, cinema, and Scottish football (Supporting the mighty Hibernian FC for his sins) are his main passions in life, along with cooking, yoga, meditation and health, and fitness.

His main inspiration for writing today comes from living in such a beautiful, charming and hauntingly, Gothic city, such as Edinburgh. An awe-inspiring wee city that has given Sean so much amazing inspiration to write the more time he spends there.

At this moment Sean is working on a couple of screenplay adaptations of his books. one of which ‘The Old Man and The Princess’ made the final of the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition 2018 and has since been optioned by an award-winning Director /Producer team. Scheduled to go into production in Ireland in the summer of 2020 filming has been postponed until late 2021 due to the recent Covid pandemic.

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