This was a captivating story, starting with a curious French racehorse named Perestroika (Paras for short) who leaves her stable and ends up wandering to Paris. With each animal that Paras meets on her journey, I became more engrossed in the tale. A dog, a raven, a mallard couple, a rat, and a young boy - as Christmas nears these become Paras' family. Several humans notice the horse and the dog, yet no one threatens their newfound life in the City of Light.
The story is told alternatively from many characters' points of view (including the animals) in a believable style that is both convincing and engaging. I especially liked the way various characters ended up connecting due to their interest in Paras. While marketed as an adult novel, it's sweet and heartwarming and a good fit for anyone from ten years and older. The perfect story to read during the holidays when we all need to be reminded of joy, hope, and love.