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Hidden in Paris

by (Carpenter Hill Publishing)

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Three women running away from their lives decide to live together in a house in Paris in a story of love, friendship, and metamorphosis set in the City of Light.

"Not only is the cast spectacularly written, the descriptions of Parisian living created a different world that was easy to fall in love with and difficult to leave."
C. Huang, Amazon reviewer

"I could not stop reading this book! What a wonderful story about love, life, new beginnings, and moving forward with one's life."
Desi1257, Amazon reviewer

"Funny and poignant."
PJ Adams "PJ", Amazon reviewer

"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 endearingly charming."
Stacey, Amazon reviewer

"I loved the characters, the different ways they evolved, the city, the cuisine, and the insight into Parisian life. Wonderful read."
Maggie Mae, Amazon reviewer

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 nestled in the heart of Paris, why would she ever want to? But when bankruptcy threatens her beloved house, her one anchor in life, Annie has no choice but to find renters, and quick.
Leave it to someone socially phobic to phrase a want ad in all the wrong ways. With shimmering promises of 'Starting over in Paris' -- a concept she has no intention of applying to her own life--Annie attracts tenants with the kind of baggage that doesn't fit in suitcases. A long-legged, cool-headed ex model (everything Annie is not) on the run from her abusive husband, a frail young woman harboring a possible death wish, a mysterious French artist, and an infuriating blue-blooded French man soon threaten Annie's way of life in ways she never anticipated.
But when Annie finds herself reluctantly yet actively engaged in the rescue of her tenants, she discovers that she might just save herself in the process.
Note: ALSO AVAILABLE ON AMAZON, The Hidden in Paris Cookbook featuring all the recipes in the novel, and delectable photographs of food and of Paris!

*** EXCERPT from chapter 1 ***
... The house was purchased. "With time and money" became the motto. With time and money, the fissured stucco could be restored. With time and money, the wood floors could be brought back to their original luster. With time and money, the stories could be connected with proper working stairs.

There had been no plan for time or money to run short.

She now saw things as they were: Johnny had been the world to her, and now the house and her boys were her entire universe. Within the confines of the house, no matter how limiting or punishing it might be, she felt safe. Only in her house did she see herself as master of her life. At home cooking, building, scraping and sanding, she felt capable and purposeful. Focusing on what was still a constant -- the house and the boys -- she did not need to let questions in, questions about Johnny, questions about what would have come of her had Johnny not died, questions also, about her own worth, the risks involved in loving and trusting someone, the validity of a life devoid of trust or love. Since that night two and a half years ago, she had become like someone with a fear of heights condemned to living on a rooftop.

Her decision, for someone who had so carefully avoided the exterior world, might seem out of character, but in fact it allowed her, with what she considered to be a modest adjustment, to keep the status quo. She would get to stay home.

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