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A Garden in Paris

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  310 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
A widow seeking to escape the past and restart her life travels to Paris, France, in search of herself.
Paperback, 285 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2005)
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Gina *loves sunshine*
Sep 15, 2016 Gina *loves sunshine* rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2003-2013
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!
Jul 23, 2016 Patti rated it liked it
I have to give it to the author of this book. She's a good storyteller. I was pulled by curiosity all the way through. Her characters were very interesting and not overly predictable.
However- she's really irritating in a number of ways.
1) the main character is 50 years old and acts like she's 70. Come on- no reasonably healthy woman in her 50's is as slow and creaky as Mary says she is. And the other 50 year olds- ditto.
2) Elisabeth is supposedly the high power executive of a large corporation-
Jan 08, 2015 Dee rated it it was ok
Part if this book takes place in Paris so I really wanted to like it. But just about the time the characters get there, the story becomes less about a rekindled romance and more a Christian testimonial. The characters are also largely not believable or even likable. A mother has never given any details of her background to her daughter? Not realistic. And the read husband was an abuser but is never called out in the story - like he gets away with it and his spineless wife compensates for him. Fi ...more
Sep 10, 2014 Melissa rated it it was ok
Woman's husband dies, she returns to Paris to seek the man she left behind. She is way too much of a martyr.
Paula  Phillips
Apr 30, 2010 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 01, 2008 Virginia rated it really liked it
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
Margaret Chind
Nov 06, 2007 Margaret Chind rated it really liked it
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
Sep 13, 2015 Deedee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 rating. I'm undecided about my rating of this book. Some parts very good and some just good. At one part the author got so heavy into God that I felt the story line was lost. Thankfully the original story did pick up again, but ended with so many unanswered questions... ...more
Heather Banta
Sep 22, 2007 Heather Banta rated it liked it
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
Jan 01, 2015 Pauline rated it really liked it
Shelves: france
I love Paris and couldn't pass up another read through of a book I'd finished a few years ago. It's clear the author knows Paris and I loved walking through my favorite city with her--knowing exactly as I was and where we were going.

The theme of the story: It's never too late to be what you might have been. Secrets, grief, regret lead Mary Davis to seek forgiveness, follow old dreams, and learn who is she really is as she returns to Paris after being widowed. It's in Paris that she finds herself
Kathy Gover
Apr 15, 2008 Kathy Gover rated it really liked it
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
Dec 15, 2011 Joyce rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Oct 04, 2015 Montessahall rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible amateur narrator for the audiobook. Nasal sounds, swallowing and heavy breathing into the microphone. The story is very slow moving with boring characters. Both the phrasing and dialogue in the novel is strange. Staccato like and cliche. I don't recommend this pretty awful book.
Pattie Buck
Jul 07, 2016 Pattie Buck rated it it was amazing
It ends in a cliffhanger!!
Kata Worthley
Jun 01, 2014 Kata Worthley rated it did not like it
May 03, 2011 Laurel rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2013 Denise Gianelli rated it liked it
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.
Jan 18, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 20, 2011 Summer Bishop rated it liked it
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.
Feb 26, 2010 Lora rated it really liked it
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
Feb 18, 2009 joyce lynn rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 03, 2013 Amanda P rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 09, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
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
Jul 05, 2009 Michelle Slomp rated it liked it
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.
Nov 05, 2007 Deborah rated it liked it
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.
Jun 18, 2008 Kelle rated it really liked it
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 it was ok
Shelves: 2013
This was an ok story. Narrator switches from person to person and not a lot of dialogue. But a nice story.
Sep 11, 2008 Wendy rated it liked it
Pleasant reading material, would be great for a plane ride or the side of the pool.
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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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