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Hidden in Paris

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,501 ratings  ·  163 reviews
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
Paperback, 363 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Carpenter Hill Publishing (first published 2011)
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Karen M
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, first-reads, own
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
Mar 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Isabelle Bryer
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Cathy Doman
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: firstreads
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
Mar 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Megan Gray
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Irene Bue
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Dawn Kaplan-Taylor
Liked it. Liked the characters.
Melissa Mitchell
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hidden in Paris is about the kind of house I definitely would like to live in and to "start over" as the owner advertises her rooms. She has had a rocky several years and is in danger of losing her beloved home in Paris. It has become her sanctuary so she takes on two (sometimes three) boarders who all arrive with more baggage than just their luggage. They are about as different as any human beings could be. The homeowner is an American who has lived in Paris for over ten years and whose husband ...more
Lucie Simone
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dawn Kaplan-Taylor
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked it. I enjoyed the characters and looked forward to each added piece of their story.
Barbara Ell
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

Elizabeth Butcher
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm glad that I read the author's notes at the end of the book before I read this book. Knowing that it was self-published, and that she didn't have an editor, made me read it with a more generous heart and mind. That said, I hope that the author is able to use an editor in her future offerings.

I enjoyed the Paris setting and the development of the romance between Annie and Lucas. However, I felt that Althea's story line was awkwardly handled, and it was hard to believe the actions of those arou
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, I am not good at reading feel good love stories or those of meek women overcoming bad relationships and things like that. But, I love reading about Paris, and, temporarily, I also lived a parisienne lifestyle like this story's ex-pats in the 16th. arrondissement. I walked with them on their visits to the shops and parks, so I put up with the other stuff. As always, vive la France. I need to go again -- soon.
Forget the story -- it is not my taste. Sorry.
Linda Kovic-Skow
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Hidden in Paris. The characters were well-developed and the story line, focusing on the friendships between three very different women, kept me interested and intrigued. As another reviewer stated, it was an easy book to come back to each night. Corine Gantz asks us to look out for editing issues, but I didn't find any, and I consider this to be an important issue. Très bien!
Cindy Hey
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!!
Emily S.
Nov 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Fantastic idea, worst execution I've attempted to read. Made me want to throw up a little.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Linda Smatzny
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the story of Annie, a widow with three boys who lives in Paris and is in danger of losing her house. Her idea to make some money is rent three bedrooms but the problem is for the past three years she has had limited contact with people so this will push her. Two of her renters are American women who answer an ad in a travel paper while the third will be a French artist. One of the renters is from California with her two children. The other woman is slowly starving herself to death. Annie ...more
Dick R. McCart

This book was fun to read on a February weekend. Of course Paris is wonderful. The characters were engaging and their individual stories were unusual. The stories were unlikely, but this is a good cozy romance and it goes with the territory. I'm not a big person for four and five stars.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feel-good
An enjoyable feel-good read. Troubled women who are unable to face their problems live together in a homey house in Paris--and somehow come to care for and support one another. Each learns to love herself and others in a healthier way. Although the characters are all American women. their lives begin anew amid the magic of Paris.
Laura Nale
Predictable fluff

A story of friendship and love. I felt this fluff book was very predictable. Although I did not love this one sometimes you need to read a book like this to make the next one exciting.
May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I started this book with great expectations, but the more I read, the more I disliked it and almost all the characters. Actually with only about 100 pages left to read, I skimmed to the end so I could start another book.
Karen Peterson
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an easy read. I like all books that have Paris as the background. Good story and interesting characters.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
an enjoyable story
would recommend
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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.

She lives near Los Angel

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