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Hidden in Paris (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Corine Gantz

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Présentation de l'éditeur

Three women running away from their lives decide to live together in a house in Paris in a story of love, friendship, and metamorphosis set in the City of Light.

"Not only is the cast spectacularly written, the descriptions of Parisian living created a different world that was easy to fall in love with and difficult to leave."
C. Huang, Amazon reviewer

"I could not stop reading this book! What a wonderful story about love, life, new beginnings, and moving forward with one's life."
Desi1257, Amazon reviewer

"Funny and poignant."
PJ Adams "PJ", Amazon reviewer

"I picked up Hidden in Paris because I love all things Paris. I had no idea how deeply I would fall in love with this book and the characters that populated it. They were exquisitely complex, beautifully flawed, and endearingly charming."
Stacey, Amazon reviewer

"I loved the characters, the different ways they evolved, the city, the cuisine, and the insight into Parisian life. Wonderful read."
Maggie Mae, Amazon reviewer

In a tale of friendship, self-discovery and love, three women running away from their lives become unlikely friends in a beautiful house in the heart of Paris.

Lost in France, a country she mistrusts, among French people she hardly understands, Annie has trouble venturing away from home since the death of her husband. And since home happens to be a small jewel of a house nestled in the heart of Paris, why would she ever want to? But when bankruptcy threatens her beloved house, her one anchor in life, Annie has no choice but to find renters, and quick.
Leave it to someone socially phobic to phrase a want ad in all the wrong ways. With shimmering promises of ‘Starting over in Paris’ –– a concept she has no intention of applying to her own life––Annie attracts tenants with the kind of baggage that doesn’t fit in suitcases. A long-legged, cool-headed ex model (everything Annie is not) on the run from her abusive husband, a frail young woman harboring a possible death wish, a mysterious French artist, and an infuriating blue-blooded French man soon threaten Annie’s way of life in ways she never anticipated.
But when Annie finds herself reluctantly yet actively engaged in the rescue of her tenants, she discovers that she might just save herself in the process.
Note: ALSO AVAILABLE ON AMAZON, The Hidden in Paris Cookbook featuring all the recipes in the novel, and delectable photographs of food and of Paris!

*** EXCERPT from chapter 1 ***

...The house was purchased. “With time and money” became the motto. With time and money, the fissured stucco could be restored. With time and money, the wood floors could be brought back to their original luster. With time and money, the stories could be connected with proper working stairs.

There had been no plan for time or money to run short.

She now saw things as they were: Johnny had been the world to her, and now the house and her boys were her entire universe. Within the confines of the house, no matter how limiting or punishing it might be, she felt safe. Only in her house did she see herself as master of her life. At home cooking, building, scraping and sanding, she felt capable and purposeful. Focusing on what was still a constant—the house and the boys—she did not need to let questions in, questions about Johnny, questions about what would have come of her had Johnny not died, questions also, about her own worth, the risks involved in loving and trusting someone, the validity of a life devoid of trust or love. Since that night two and a half years ago, she had become like someone with a fear of heights condemned to living on a rooftop.

Her decision, for someone who had so carefully avoided the exterior world, might seem out of character, but in fact it allowed her, with what she considered to be a modest adjustment, to keep the status quo. She would get to stay home.

Biographie de l'auteur

Corine Gantz was born in France where she spent the first twenty years of her life. She studied Contemporary Arts at the Sorbonne in Paris and worked in advertising and marketing in Paris, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She is the author of the popular blog Hidden in France where she uses her particular brand of humor to meditate on relationships, food, décor and all things French. She lives near Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3362 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 365 pages
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004X6UNCW
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wish I lived in this house 9 mai 2011
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur
I just LOVED that book and I couldn't put it down. Everything I have been missing about Paris is in it (the good things about the French as well as the annoying ones!). I got attached to the characters right away, I like that they were multi dimensional (how boring when everyone is either wonderful or evil with no in between). It made me want to move into that beautiful house and be nurtured by Annie and fed her amazing cooking. This book makes you travel to France without having to buy a plane ticket.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 HIDDEN IN PARIS IS A GEM 8 mai 2011
Par Feng Shui By Fishgirl - Publié sur
If you're like me, you take advantage of long rainy days by snuggling up with a good book and your favorite beverage (hot chocolate or champagne---either is nice, right?) and hunker down for several hours. That's if you're lucky enough to have a book that draws you into the characters the way "Hidden in Paris" does. I felt I knew these characters and they reminded me of my own friends. It's a romance but mainly about the friendship these 3 very different women share. Annie, the lead character, doesn't get out much even though she lives in Paris (hence the title) but she brings Paris in to her wonderful kitchen. Cooking is Annie's way of showing love, nurturing friends, and just expressing her joie de vivre. If you live near a French bakery, be sure to buy some brioche or other pastries to munch on while reading the book. Where was I? Oh yeah...the author writes with the same wry commentary and humor that you may already know from her "Hidden in France" blog. This book has many funny passages in it including a great one about the use of the letters "W T F". It's a gem of a book and I suggest you get it for that rainy day or for the beach this summer.Then keep it on the bookshelf alongside Nicholas Sparks, Emily Giffen, and The Joy of Cooking.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Love Love Loved it!!! 17 mai 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
I loved Hidden in Paris! Ms. Gantz has created a story that should be read and savored - much like the Parisian lifestyle she depicts. The characters were deep and immensely likable and the plotline was smooth and delicious. They say every writer has one great novel inside them somewhere. Well, I dearly hope Ms. Gantz has another one to follow up this masterpiece! The undertones of love and motherhood, self-loathing and hidden anger are so palpable that it's bound to keep readers up way past their bedtimes. Truly, truly, truly an excellent novel that leaves its reader pondering the characters' lives and choices long after the last page. I'd recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating Read -- A Very Good First Novel 3 novembre 2011
Par tterpy - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Reading some of the reviews, I was mystified. Researching the critics, I found all but one liked very little they had purchased. Sounds more like home buyer's remorse addiction than an honest critique of "Hidden in Paris" (or anything else they purchased). The other is a young, self-proclaimed critic with a web site. No criticism on my part as everyone needs a niche. I just like to see who is critiquing.

Myself, I have no credentials, but loved the book. I bought it on my Kindle ... by accident, hitting the wrong title. I wish all my mistakes turned out this well.

The creativity, fluidity, humor and unique writing style make this a first-rate read. The characters are live and real, pulling few punches. You may not like this if you are dealing with some of the real character issues or have a history you are trying to forget. For myself, I found the "realness" of characters added a welcome balance to many other books I have read where the characters' problems lag with superficiality. This being said, I found most of the characters fun and intriguing.

This leaves me with a question: When is Corine Gantz publishing her next?

"Hidden in Paris" is a very good first novel.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Paris, C'est La Fete 17 juin 2011
Par LA Francophile - Publié sur
What if Woody Allen, Patricia Wells, Lorrie Moore and A Real Housewife from Beverly Hills sat around a table in a gorgeous old French house and said: Let's Make a Party!

This fizzy novel of romance and reinvention reads swiftly and easily and compulsively. There is passion, there is pathos, I think there is also some foie gras in there too.

The character of Annie keeps you guessing, the characters of Lola and Althea keep you grounded. The male characters are sympathetically and persuasively written, a nice contrast to the "Men Behaving Badly" state of our current world affairs.

The end result is the happy reminder that Paris, C'est La Fete! I mean, that Paris is a deliciously dizzy party. Yes, you could reinvent yourself elsewhere, but why bother when you have Paris?!

I spent two afternoons reading this book and got off the sofa feeling like an entirely new person! Guess it worked! Milles mercis Mme. Gantz!
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