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A Garden in Paris

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  246 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Mary Kathleen Davis finds the framed motto in the back of a dusty antique shop, and it haunts her. After 26 years as the trophy wife of a powerful man, Mary is a widow with no sense of identity. She finds herself wondering ''what might have been,'' and torments herself with guilt over her treatment of an old flame. She has the notion that if she can return to Paris with he...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Bethany House (first published 2005)
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Paula  Phillips
A Garden In Paris - Stephanie Grace Whitson- 2005 (Book One)

Mary Elisabeth Davies is now a widow and single mother and has had enough of her life. The Life she has been living the past 20-30 odd years when she was Married to Sam Davies. She gave up everything for him and erased any memory of her past life. Now with Sam gone and her daughter grown up, Mary has decided it's time to revisit her life and the past is always a good place to begin. Her past takes us back to France those many years when...more
An enjoyable book, written in an almost haunting tone with a more 'literary' style than I expected. I love it when I find a likable main character my own age (as I get older, they seem to be harder to find!). In this book, newly widowed Mary is at odds with her only daughter, and takes off to Paris over the Christmas holiday to revisit her past. That past includes a handsome French sea captain with dreamy blue eyes. The daughter is a thoroughly dislikable young woman who has landed a gem of a fi...more
Ugh! That's what I have to say. The entire book has a few questions that sit in the back of your mind and you expect them to be answered in the next page turn or the next chapter. The book then ends with absolutely nothing answered and the promise of a sequel. I'm not even sure that I want to read the sequel because I spent so much time wondering what would happen just to be left in the dark. VERY FRUSTRATING!

But basic synopsis... A newly widowed mother realizes that just because her spouse has...more
Heather Banta
Sep 22, 2007 Heather Banta rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like Christian fiction, romance, Paris, and being entertained
This book was a bit cliche and certainly not the next great American novel, but it was highly entertaining and the first book I've read in a long time that I would read for long periods of time in one sitting. There were several things I liked about this book. The author is from my hometown, and the main characters live in Omaha. Thus, it was neat to read about places I know. Part of the book takes place in Paris, and I read it while I was vacationing there, so again, it was neat to have a point...more
Garden in Paris captured my interest with the detailed information about Paris sprinkled throughout. The story of Mary and her bratty daughter was difficult for me at times because the author presented Mary as an extremely passive person who allowed her husband and daughter to control her and mistreat her for almost 30 years. I also found it sometimes hard to believe that her daughter would change her behaviors with the speed that she did. Overall though, I did enjoy this book and felt I learned...more
Kathy Gover
So far, a very uplifting story of a woman who is following the motto: It is never too late to be what you might have been. I could relate somewhat, just recently retired and feel I have alot of spunk to do things I really want to do - increase my talents, renew old friendships (female) and travel. I enjoyed the details of French living and Paris, her tidbits of wisdom and the way she looked back at her life with understanding. The ending was somewhat disappointing, I felt a sequel was not necess...more
This is a light read, quick. At first I thought I wouldn't like it because they are well-to-do, but I do like it. Must be more plot than characters though. It appears to be a love story.
Quick read. The story is compelling, only to find there's a sequel...A Hilltop in Tuscany. Squeaky clean, religious or faith-based searching without answers. I prefer Biblical answers. The writing is loose, but I like it. I like the characters, even though they sometimes act out of character. It's more than a lov...more
Gina DeJong
This book says nowhere on or around it that it is Christian Fiction, so i was surprised when halfway through the story the characters started introducing their relationship with God. The story as a whole could have been better if it was known to the reader and carried throughout the book. The story itself was nice, but overall it was lacking in so many areas since it wasn't cohesive and quite forced at the end, there is a sequel, but i won't really bother!
I enjoyed the author's writing style and her characters seemed like real people, unlike some christian romances where the characters are rather flat or unreal. Whitson has a more sophisticated style. I like that this book explored the relationship between the mother and daughter. It's not just a romance.
Denise Gianelli
I picked this book to read just because of the word Paris in the title. This book transported me to Paris for a short time! Enjoyable, nice read. "It is never too late to be what you might have been". This is the theme of the book and it was great to see how the characters 'grew' during the novel.
Like Stephanie Grace Whitson, I'm a francophile, so I especially enjoyed being transported to Paris, if only for a few hours, but the true appeal of this book -- as is true of all of hers -- are the characters. They continue to live in my memory long after I've turned the last page.
Summer Bishop
This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't amazing either. The big twist towards the end was pretty predictable, but I did like the very end. I thought it was an appropriate ending and left the book open for the sequel...but not too open that you are left frustrated.
While some aspects struck me as cliché and fantastical, it was still enjoyable. I particularly liked that the main character wasn't an ingenue and that part of her mid-life journey involved repairing her relationship with her adult daughter.
joyce lynn
i like her historical novels a bit better than this one, but still ... WOW, some great twists! there were quite a few things that i never saw coming. and those that i DID expect, didn't quite hit me the way i'd anticipated or imagined them
Amy Meredith Berry
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
I picked this up on a whim at the library. I probably only finished it because I was reading on a plane...but the ending was so good, I'll likely read the sequel.
Amanda P
Enjoyed reading this book. Waiting for a Hilltop in Tuscany to come in now to see what happens next! I liked how the writer talks about God, it was an unexpected pleasant surprise.
I liked this book and its central storyline. I found the main character to be very likeable and relatable. Plus, any book that ends in Paris is alright with me :)
Michelle Slomp
This book is an easy to read Christian novel, however, it wasn't traditional. It dealt with real feelings which at the end weren't totally dealt with.
I really enjoyed the story, but was more than a little irritated to finish the book only to find that I had to wait 6+ months for the sequel to be published.
A novel about a woman who comes to terms with choices in her past and how she moves forward. It was a clean Christian fiction. Easy read
Jan 23, 2013 Evelyn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
This was an ok story. Narrator switches from person to person and not a lot of dialogue. But a nice story.
Pleasant reading material, would be great for a plane ride or the side of the pool.
Mj Mccoy
I really enjoyed this book, mostly because the main character was 50 or over. Good read
Susan Springer
Sadly, too predictable and schmaltzy even though it takes place in Paris.
I already ordered online the sequel to this! That should tell you something! :)
Rose Springer
Nice Christian fiction--holds your interest from the very beginning.
Really enjoyed this book, looking forward to reading sequel.
Didn't care for the ending - really left you hanging.
The narrator was not very good.
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A native of southern Illinois, Stephanie Grace Whitson has lived in Nebraska since 1975. She began what she calls "playing with imaginary friends" (writing fiction) when, as a result of teaching her four homeschooled children Nebraska history, she was personally encouraged and challenged by the lives of pioneer women in the West. Since her first book, Walks the Fire, was published in 1995, Stephan...more
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