Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Review: A Garden in Paris

A Garden in Paris

A Garden in Paris by Stephanie Grace Whitson

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 her increasingly distant daughter, perhaps she'll be able to reconcile with the past and find a new future. The trip to Paris will change everything for these two women, in ways neither could imagine.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 gone does not mean her life is over. She decides to take a new enjoyment in life and goes back to all the old things she put aside for her marriage. It opens closed doors and brings in mystery. There is heartache and romance and a bit of new Christianity. But then the book ends and nothing is revealed. Answers are left blank to the millions of questions formed.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764229354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764229350
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches

2 comments and creative thoughts:

Nelle said...

Bah? Frustrating, unanswered questions? And you gave it 4 out of 5 stars? What do you give surefire must-reads? :)

CherryBlossomMJ said...

For one, I was able to immediately go into the sequel and find answers. And my second excuse is that this was when I first started reading and reviewing and was more generous with my stars and ratings.

Today if I like it, it can rank four stars, but you really have to impress me to get five. Looking back, if I re rated this one, it would probably be three stars. Okay, but not fabulous.

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