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Secrets of Paris

3.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  745 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Irresistible, long sought by readers, and now in paperback for the first time, Secrets of Paris shows New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice at her most incandescent — a deeply moving story of true love, abiding friendship, and a once perfect marriage in precarious balance.
Lydie McBride has always embraced life to the fullest. But when an unthinkable tragedy strikes
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Bantam (first published June 1st 1991)
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How do I find these books? I think my librarian is a secret cheating buff and wants to spread the love.

Any way….this hero has won the asshat award of the year…no! The century!
I think the only way he can be topped is if a man cheated on his wife while he had cancer. And was pregnant. And dying because he wanted the baby making her inable to get chemo. I think Michael and that hypothetical dude are almost on the same level.

And you know what? Maybe it is just me , but if my man d
Ana Luisa
A minha estreia com esta autora! Quanto a este livro estou um pouco sem saber o que dizer, por um lado amei cada página, por outro apetece bater numa das personagens. E talvez seja esta a razão de ter gostado tanto deste livro. Não há nada melhor que um livro que nos consiga preencher e fazer transbordar os nossos sentimentos e foi mesmo isso que se passou durante esta leitura. Foi um pouco mais lenta que o normal, mas não estar a gostar, mas sim porque não queria que nenhum pormenor me escapass ...more
May 15, 2012 Ne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Uma estreia bastante infeliz. Este deve ser o mês das expectativas falhadas e agora Luanne Rice também se inclui na lista com este volume.
Não sou fã de romances baseados em casais já casados e por isso a fasquia já ai não começou alta, mas como tinha tão boas referências da escritora decidi começar por esta obra.
Tal como a sinopse o inicio também não prometeu muito por isso a leitura foi sendo feita sempre ao mesmo ritmo - lenta. Esta obra, na minha opinião, é bastante monótona, com toda aquela
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Jul 10, 2011 Alexis-Morgan Roark rated it it was ok
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I had issues with this book because the cheating happened over such a long period of time. Michael is such a freaking idiot!

Do the vows not say, "For better or for worse?" The heroine lost her father to a murder-suicide less than a year ago, and her own mother was in denial about the incident itself.

I will NEVER understand infidelity no matter how authors try to make us feel sorry for the stupid as* cheating liars!!

Ok. I feel better now. Of course, one could argue, "for better or for worse," but
Apr 09, 2015 Vickie rated it really liked it
Lydie and Michael move to Paris, he as an architect and she as a photographer. They left behind an extremely emotional situation with Lydie's family and both hope this move with help them heal and move on in life.

I love settings in Paris; many times I am on my iPad looking up places mentioned in the book and printing out info to put in my Paris folder for my return trip someday. I enjoyed the emotional trip for both the main characters but I didn't fully enjoy the secondary characters of Patrice
Julie Barrett
Jan 16, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secrets of Paris by Luanne Rice
Have read the authors other works and have loved them all.
Seductive tale of the city and what it holds for everyone if you look for it.
Lydie and Michael work and live in Paris, married for 8 years.. She sets up photo shots and her husband is an architect working on the Louvre.
Her father had killed himself and his lover. She used to race his cars as he fixed them for others as a mechanic.
She meets Patrice-an American in the city and they speak of her Philippine mai
Donna Mcnab
Jul 03, 2012 Donna Mcnab rated it really liked it
When Michael McBride gets a job at The Louvre in Paris, he expects his wife, Lydie, to be happy. However, she is reluctant to leave her mother, as they have recently had a tragedy in the family with which Lydie hasn't been able to come to terms, and also she thinks that she should be close to her mother, who is hurting. They do go to Paris for a year, however, where Lydie makes friends with an ex-pat American woman, and Michael becomes enamoured with an alluring French woman. Just relax and enjo ...more
May 10, 2015 Trisha rated it it was ok
I am a fan of Luanne Rice, but I am not a fan of this book. It was just okay. I didn't care about the characters: Lydie, who is trying to come to grips with her father committing murder-suicide after having an affair; her husband Michael, who thinks it's a good idea to whisk his wife away from her mother--who needs her after the shocking tragedy--so he can work on a project at the Louvre and oh yes- have his own affair; Patrice, a self-centered American ex-pat married to Didier, a wealthy jewele ...more
Apr 21, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
OK to read but I didn't feel sympathetic toward any of the characters. The setting and the synopsis offered a lot, but the author didn't deliver.
Jun 25, 2015 Margarida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Quando o seu pai comete o suicídio e arrasta consigo para a morte a amante, Lydie sente-se perdida e sem conseguir encontrar um rumo para a vida. Michael, o seu marido, quer ajudá-la, mas a jovem acaba por fechar-se, afastando-o. Quando Michael consegue um trabalho no Louvre, vê a sua oportunidade para conseguir animar um pouco Lydie. Só que esta, apesar de aceitar ir com o marido, não se mostra nem um pouco entusiasmada com a ideia de passar um ano em Paris.
No entanto, a sua passagem por Paris
May 31, 2012 Denise rated it liked it
This is a book Luanne Rice wrote in the early 1990's about a couple's year long stay in Paris. The McBrides arrive in Paris for a dream year of work, travel and leisure but they are troubled. Lydie's father recently and unbelievably died as the perpetrator of a murder-suicide. They hope the year away from New York will mend their hearts and marriage. This book richly evokes Paris, the neighborhoods, the sights and sounds. The story contains passion, friendship, family stress and love. Everyone i ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Apr 17, 2011 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This book was extremely difficult for me to finish, unfortunately. Honestly, I would pick it up, read a few pages, and then put it thankfully aside in order to happily read a more entertaining story instead. In the early pages, I was turned off by the choppy, short sentences and unknown, unpronounceable (for me, anyway) French words. Finally, after about 95 pages, the story began to hold my attention in a limited way. I still had to put it down frequently, during particularly boring passages, bu ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Machel rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to read this early novel from my favorite writer, Luanne Rice. Just re-printed again this year. Will pick that up next! February is going to be a great month of fabulous reading. m

UPDATE: Secrets of Paris I just recently re-read again on my Chicago trip. And, I must say that this is now in my top 3 favorite books of Luanne Rice. I just loved Lydie. I liked the stories of the women friendships and trying to help the housekeeper fullfill her dream of making it to America.

Set in Paris,
Feb 03, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
There was so much I liked about this book: the Paris setting, the strong (yet flawed) female leads, the depiction of the often tenuous nature of love, life, and friendship. Lydie McBride and her husband Michael are in Paris for a year because of his gig as an architect, designing a welcome center at the Louvre. Lydie's just gone through a traumatic experience with her dad's death and the complications behind it (an affair and the murder of his lover and himself). She's hoping Paris might be her ...more
Lyn Ford
Jan 16, 2012 Lyn Ford rated it liked it
There was so much I liked about this book, the Paris setting, the strong female leads, the depiction of the often tenuous nature of love, life, and friendship. Lydie McBride and her husband Michael are in Paris for a year because of his gig as an architect at the Louve.
Lydie's just gone through a traumatic experience with her father's death and the complications behind it, an affair and the murder of his lover and himself. She hates leaving her mother behind, but her marriage has also hit a rou
Kate Widhalm
May 12, 2011 Kate Widhalm rated it it was ok
This is the very first Luanne Rice novel that I have read but I should clarify that I probably wouldn't have picked this book up if I didn't acquire it from the Early Reviewers Program. With that said, I thought the book was just okay. This was not a book that I could sit and read in one sitting and I had no real connection with the characters until about half way through.

The book is about Lydie and Michael who have moved to Paris for a year while Michael, who is an architect, works on the Louv
Elphaba J
À luz de uma desgraça e de uma solução, heis que Paris é o princípio de uma resposta para sarar feridas que parecem eternas, no entanto, para lá do brilho que preenche a cidade do Louvre nascem confidências e desejos que avançam um passo adiante do destino encerrando todas as esperanças e prevalecendo, unicamente, a fuga e a promessa de redescobrimento para o amor.

Segredos em Paris, como romance, é complexo extravasando algumas normas que na vida real nos deixariam derrotadas ainda assim, para l
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I'm always curious as to how someone discovers a new read. Was it due to an intriguing review? A friend's suggestion? A gift? In this case, I stumbled across Rice's Secrets of Paris while perusing the bookshelves at the condo where we were staying in Florida. I was hoping for a light read, and this is exactly what I found in the pages.
This novel is a story of a married couple who recently transferred to Paris after a tragic death in the family. What ensues is betrayal, discovery, and a new lease
Oct 08, 2012 Tina rated it it was ok
Shelves: france
Just having the word Paris in the title of this book grabbed my attention. After reading a short synopsis, I requested it through the Goodreads giveaway program. I love reading novels set in France and Italy so, I felt fortunate to be the recipient of this book – free of charge!

Secrets of Paris is a story of friendship and a troubled marriage. Lydie, one of the main characters, moves to Paris with her husband Michael in a cultural exchange program. Michael is an architect with an assignment to r
Julie Barrett
Aug 14, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
Secrets of Paris by Luanne Rice
This is a story about Lydie who has moved to Paris with her husband. He's in the architecture business and she sets up shoots for photographing. She was reluctant to come to Paris as her father and mistress had died in a car crash a year ago and she wanted to console her mother.
She did meet an American woman at a cafe one day and they became friends.
Patrice's husband is into selling jewelry and he asks for Lydie's help in a ball at a mansion. She scurries the count
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Luanne Rice tem uma escrita poderosa e assertiva, constrói estórias plausíveis mas encantadoras que cativam até à última página. Este romance foi a exceção. Na verdade, considero esta obra bastante insípida e nada apaixonante. A própria sinopse acaba por superar o enredo, o que não é de facto um bom presságio.

A caracterização do cenário envolvente, normalmente um ponto forte da autora, não me convenceu. O ambiente de Paris não foi espelhado
Jan 21, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
I'm fairly sure that this is the first book I've read by Luanne Rice and I really enjoyed it. Her descriptions of Paris are picture perfect, taking me back to my only visit there in 1995. When I realized the story was about a husband's infidelity, I didn't think I would like this book at all, but I was wrong. Rice tells the story from both the husband's and wife's perspectives, so you can see how something like that could happen. The part I thought was less plausible was the friendship between L ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Shannon rated it it was ok
Have you ever finished reading a book and wanted to start over again right away, not because it was good? That’s how I felt after reading Secrets of Paris, by Luanne Rice. Usually while reading a book I identify with at least one character and this keeps me interested, even if the plot is dull. For some reason I didn’t connect with this story until the last two chapters and felt like I had missed something. What I came to realize is that I just didn’t like any of the characters enough to like th ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-read
This story centers around three women who are living and working in Paris. Lydie is a photograher's stylist and has accommpanied her husband, Michael, to Paris while he works, for a year, on an architectural assignment at the Louvre. Lydie meets Patrice, an American woman married to a Parisian business owner -a family jewelry business - and is happy to be able to speak English to someone!! Kelly is an illegal Filipino woman working as Patrice's maid and yearns to immigrate to the United States. ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Jenni rated it liked it
Meh. I was fairly entertained, but I kept waiting for the twist. Rice would throw out some foreshadowing (at least that's what it felt like to me) and then nothing would happen. I kept waiting for MORE. More depth with the characters and more of a point to the whole Kelly trying to get to American thing.

I enjoyed the descriptions of Lydie's life and work in Paris, but the whole story left me unsatisfied overall.
Aug 06, 2011 Nancy rated it it was ok
Okay, I don't read this author's books often--maybe just one other one. I picked up the book for the title, having been to Paris recently and the blurb from the Chicago Tribune made it sound like something I might like. Did I love this book? No. I finished it, recognized the Paris landmarks Rice mentioned (you wouldn't need to visit Paris for that--most readers would know of them). I found myself reading along to see how the story would unfold even though I didn't quite immerse myself in it the ...more
Maria João
6,5 de 10*

Fiquei um pouco desgostosa com este livro... Não percebi ainda se tem um problema de tradução ou se na sua língua original será também assim.
Foram várias as vezes em que tive que reler a mesma frase para perceber o seu sentido, porque a construção frásica é confusa...

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Apr 03, 2016 Michele rated it liked it
I always enjoy books that include a Paris setting, and the places described in this book were authentic enough, yet I wanted more depth when it came to characters. Unexpected family tragedy and difficult relationships, marriage, romance and heartbreak, friendships and trust, professional success and failure, all while living abroad, seemed like a lot to cover in one book.
Aug 03, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
Usually a fan of Luanne Rice but for me this book didn't come up to her usual standards. Having visited Paris a few summers ago, I was very excited to read this book. I had a difficult time picturing the characters as they were written and could not form a strong relationship with them. I found that I really didn't care about them at all. This book was a disappointment.
Feb 15, 2015 Shari rated it did not like it
Maybe it's just me. I thought this book was a waste of my time. I was hoping for a lot more than I got...Michael was a jerk. Not worthy. Pretty lame.
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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-two novels including THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTERS, her first YA novel. Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, many have been New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. She divides her time between Southern California and the Connecticut shoreline.
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