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I was attracted to this book at 3am one sleepless night browsing Amazon (desperate for a bit of light reading), because Paris was in the title and I liked the cover !!! However, I feel there's nothing here not to like really and I can imagine it as a "chic flick" maybe. Probably a book I'll give away and not want it back, but it's fine : a good light read for holiday time.
I just love Paris, whether it be visiting Paris or reading about Paris and after reading the reviews thought it would be a book that I would enjoy. A great light/easy read, I could envisage the characters, all different, each with a story to tell, sometimes funny sometimes traumatic but Annie was there, she would be the friend we would all love to have! I would definitely recommend and hope like other reviewers that we will hear more from the author.
Hidden in Paris tells the story of how people and a house in Paris changes the lives of newcomers (strangers) to the house. The theme is reminiscent of Under the Tuscan Sun, but with more characters involved.
I liked the book right up until the end. But when Lola's husband Mark goes from being abusive to finally getting help and then they live happily ever after is sooo unrealistic. This is not how an abusive relationship normally ends. It is very rare for an abusive person to seek help and actually get better. They can't just go to anger management and BAM! they are healed. As someone who is a survivor of an abusive relationship- it's insulting. And it's much much deeper and more involved than the trite description in the book. If you are going to write about abusive relationships- tell the real story.
I havent read a novel in a while and dont really like to waste time reading a lot of the "best sellers" that are around at the moment. But this was a nice easy read about a group of diverse (albeit a bit predictable and stereotyped) people who end up living together in Paris. I really did enjoy the feel good factor of the whole thing and particularly as it was set in Paris and had a nice connection with the city. There was a lot of talk of cooking and food in it although i cant say that was a feature that made it appealing as far as i am concerned - not because i dont care for food but because it wasnt particularly well described. There was some sense with other reviewers and indeed with the author herself that the food component had some special merit. All I would say is dont read it thinking you are going to be transported on a gastronomic epic - it definitely isnt that. So, all in all a pleasant read - good night time or beach reading material thatt you dont have to dissect after every sentence to make meaning of.
I enjoyed "Hidden in Paris" from the stand point that I was always eager to 'get back to it.' I was surprised that one of the characters met his demise so early on, but that would mean Annie's story would have taken a different turn. I did find it a little daunting that Annie could do so much of the remodeling herself, however I did know a woman like Annie who remodeled her entire kitchen, herself, it can be done---unusual but possible.
I didn't particularly like the Kids language. I realize today's youngsters use language unheard of in an earlier time, or at least you didn't hear it from them in public. Today it's a different story, it's common, and that's really too bad.
This is a good read, I recommend it. No vulgarity, no steamy sex--rare these days.