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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 ne...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Carpenter Hill Publishing (first published 2011)
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Karen M
I have fallen in love with a house, three women, two men and five children. I have fallen in love with this book.

The author brings her characters to life and you find yourself not only liking them but rooting for them. You want the happy ending.

You meet Annie, the mother of three young boys, whose husband died three years ago. She uses her home and food as permanent occupations for the time her sons are in school. She renovates the house and cooks wonderful meals to fill her days but now money i...more
Isabelle Bryer
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...more
Nancy
Puzzled by the 5 star reviews that led me to read this book. It had some nice moments, especially the descriptions of Parisian life and glimpses into the circumstances that made the main characters act the way they did. However, there were too many moments that made me wince. First and least, the misspellings, which the author does urge readers to report to her. I found 'heals' instead of 'heels', 'pocked' instead of 'pocket' and, worst of all, 'Les Deux Maggots' instead of 'Les Deux Magots'. Se...more
Cathy Doman
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I loved this book! I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but with this one, you should do just that! The beautiful picture on the front opens up to a wonderfully rich, beautiful and inspiring slice of life, set in Paris, which makes it even better! You'll fall in love with each of the characters in this book, they are all very human, with problems we can all relate to in some way. This is a story of old hurts, new be...more
Megan Gray
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 the...more
Tracie
I won this book in one of the Goodreads giveaways. I made a prediction that I wasn't going to like it. What a stupid thing to do. It took me awhile to read the first 3o pages or so and then I was hooked. I couldn't put it down, I took it everywhere with me, much to my children's dismay.

The characters were delightful, bad, good and in-between. I wanted to hate Mark, but the way he was portrayed I just knew he wasn't all bad and there was hope for him yet. I also wanted to label Lucas as a womani...more
Rachel
I really struggled to finish this book and I have to say its one of the worst books I've read in quite a while. I had lots of issues with this book despite thinking when I bought it for my kindle that I would absolutely love it. Paris? Women in need helping each other? What's not to like? Well, a lot it seems.

Firstly we have Annie, the main character, who's personality comes across as so, well...unformed. For example she spends almost the entire book bashing Lola and her abusive husband and then...more
Katy
May 10, 2011 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every Woman Friend
If you're like me, you relish the thought of long rainy days as an opportunity to snuggle up with a good book and your favorite beverage (hot chocolate or champagne---either is nice, right?). What's more precious than several hours of private reading pleasure? Especially if you're lucky enough to have a book that draws you into the characters the way "Hidden in Paris" does. Reading the book I saw a little piece of myself in every female character and they reminded me of my own circle of wildly d...more
Lucie Simone
I've been contemplating this review for a few days because I really don't know how to express just how wonderful this book was. Corine Gantz has landed on my automatic buy list for authors, and I dearly hope she's hard at work on her next novel because I can't wait to read it! 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 endeari...more
Sharon
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Barbara Ell
I received this copy as a Goodreads First Read.

It was an enjoyable book, albeit a few typos due to the fact that it is self-published. The author was generous to send a list of the typos and really for the most part didn't distract from the reading.

What would you do if you were an American widow with 3 kids who has lived in Paris for 10 years, with financial worries? If the choice was selling your home or opening it to tenants, I would do the same thing that Annie did and bring in the tenants.

N...more
Cindy Hey
I am a sucker for books set in Paris and stories about friendship, so to find both of these in one book made me very happy. It certainly is "chick lit", but I read it on vacation and it kept me involved throughout.
Mamama
Engaging and a fun read. I gave one to each of my daughters for Christmas, so we could all read it. I enjoyed the story! And, I LOVE Paris!!
Alicia
It took me a really long time to get into this book (75+ pages) because I just couldn't keep the story line and characters straight. I often find that when a book begins with some sort of tragedy I don't immediately enjoy reading it. However, once I got into the book a bit and learned about the characters I was pleasantly surprised. I got wrapped into solving the mini mysteries that each character has surrounding them and I found it difficult to put the book down. So if you can stick through the...more
Jackie Podolski
I received a free copy of this book from the author. I really enjoyed this novel which became stronger the longer I read. My dislikes, including what seemed like negative stereotypes of Paris (I've had only good experiences as an American trying to speak French in Paris - including trying to get to the hotel from the train station by asking directions from strangers on the street), were discarded as I became more involved in the three wonderfully developed women Gantz created.

What makes these wo...more
Leah
I must admit, I bought Hidden In Paris on a bit of a whim. Danielle featured it on the site and I quite liked the cover so when I saw it on sale on Amazon for $3.99, I couldn’t resist and duly sent the sample to my Kindle. The sample was excellent so I got myself the whole book and it became my most recent Kindle read. After the intriguing Prologue, I expected a ‘starting over’ kind of novel, for all those who descend to Annie’s house when she’s forced to rent out rooms so she doesn’t have to se...more
BJ
I was so excited about this book, it sounded so much like a book I would enjoy, set in Paris, a widow renting out rooms in her home to make money so she could keep her home and stay in Paris. I even downloaded a sample on my nook and read it before reading the actual book, which was probably a mistake. In the sample, Annie and Johnny were Americans who fell in love and moved to Paris, where he had a job. She immersed herself in becoming his wife and later a mother of 3 boys. They had been marrie...more
Lynn Dolven
This is a perfect summer book - chick lit. It is set in Paris and follows the trials and tribulations of Annie, an expat whose husband tells her he is leaving her and then dies in a car accident. She is widowed with small children and can no longer afford her life and lifestyle. To make ends meet, she decides to offer room and board in her home. Two women, Lola (and her kids) and Althea, answer her ad and move in with all of their literal and figurative baggage. Lola is a former fashion model wh...more
Tori
After reading the first few chapters, I loved this book! What a great summer read. Annie, the main character, lives in Paris and is still grieving over her husband who died three years previously. In order to remain in her home with her three young children, she decides to rent out three rooms to others who respond to her ad. Everyone is essentially hoping for a fresh start in Paris: Lola is leaving her emotionally abusive husband, Althea is leaving her mother and confronting an eating disorder,...more
Ellemiek
Spoiler alert!

It was a nice enough read but not a book I would recommend. There were a couple of things that annoyed me. First of all it was like one of those movies where the girl is looking for someone to love and she has this gorgeous best friend and all of a sudden she realizes it has been him all along. O please! As if you would not be able to see! This is what happens to Annie: handsome Lucas a Frenchman has had his eye on her for ever. The only description you get about Annie is that she...more
Melissa Mitchell
Look - I'm obsessed with just two things at the moment. Light, easy reads - preferably women/friendship centred and France. So this was a no-brainer for me. In fact, a month or so ago I bought literally about 20 books written about people moving to Paris or Provence. Almost all of them fiction and as light as this.

And it's fine. It's not the Great American Novel. But it's not supposed to be, is it?

The book centres around an American woman, Annie - who moved to Paris 12 years ago to marry Johnny...more
Gratcia Siahaya
Review ini juga sudah ditulis di sini: http://gratcianulis.blogspot.com/2013...

Annie, Lola dan Althea, adalah nama tiga orang perempuan yang menjadi tokoh-tokoh sentral di novel Hidden in Paris karangan Corine Gantz.

Pada awalnya, saya hampiiir saja membuang novel ini dari Kindle, gara-gara prologue-nya yang kalimat-kalimat awalnya nggak menarik bagi saya. Untung saja, saya nggak jadi membuangnya gara-gara membaca satu kalimat terakhir pada akhir prologue yang berbunyi: By the time Annie entered...more
Diana
I won "Hidden in Paris" though the First Reads contest on Goodreads, so I'm leaving a review in appreciation. The author was sweet enough to send the book not only signed, but also with a thank-you note for my interest and a list of type-o's that were in the book.

I started reading several weeks after receiving it just because I had books already out from the library, though, once you start reading this book, which resembles a Danielle Steele novel at times, it does not take long to get through...more
Shoshanah
Living in Paris 3 years after her husband's death in car accident Annie is a little undecided what to do with her life. Unsure how she'll continue to pay for her house she decides to take out an advertisement in American newspapers advertising a way to start over in Paris. Lola is a Beverly Hills housewife who with her two children escapes her aggressive husband and Althea is a young girl who feels invisible in her life, both of them answer the ad and move halfway across the world in hope a new...more
Mischelle
A Goodreads Firstreads. I was excited to get this book that I won from goodreads. The author signed it for me!

This is good chic-lit story set in Paris. American women living in a house in Paris is bound to be a lot of drama. The lady of this house is a widow that rents out rooms in her house to get money to keep her home and children to live with. Every woman have problems including Anne, the landlord.

There was a lot of crying in this book with kinda fustrated me. Anne was the strong one but she...more
Janet Reus
I wish this story was true

I wish this story was true

I would rent a room in Annie's house if I could!
This story was interesting and comforting, sad and happy.
I was sad to have it end and hope the writer will continue with this story.
Talkalicious
3 martinis for this book. The story of three women, their friendship and bond. While it's an easy read with relatable characters, the plot was predictable and at the end tied into a neat bow...too neat for me.
Barb Jaszai
I really loved this book. I felt like I could move right into one of those rooms in Annie's house and become part of their group of misfit friends. I was pleasantly surprised when I read the author's note at the end of the book, that this was self published. It truly was an enjoyable read, and would have been a shame if it ended up just a file on a hard drive. Well done Corine Gantz....it was a pleasure to read your book.
Suzan
This book sucked me in. The central characters are warm and likable, it is a relief to read something well written that doesn't dwell in dark place. Corine Gantz is a really good story teller, I wanted to know how it all turns out and at the same time didn't want to skip ahead and miss any part. I was surprised to read at the end that she self edited and self published. Like Mr Darcy created by Jane Austen, or Heathcliff created by Emily Bronte, or Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones, the most lovable d...more
Robyn Chandler
I loved this book. If you have been to Paris, you can visualise the surroundings and if you haven't been, you will want to.
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Corine Gantz was born in France where she spent the first twenty years of her life. She studied Contemporary Art at the Sorbonne 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.

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