Today I have another wonderful book to discuss courtesy of France Book Tours. For all the stops, please visit this page. Below I’ll give details of how to enter to win one copy of the ebook (open internationally).
Each one faces some sort of struggle:
A young man’s search for his birth mother leads him to love and grim family secrets.
An unsatisfied housewife finds her world turned upside down by the promise of a passionate liaison.
An aging actor, troubled by the arrival of the son he abandoned years ago, must make a choice: either lose him forever or put aside pride and seek redemption.
A young woman, betrayed by her fiancé, travels to Paris to begin a new life and forget about love… at least that is her intention.
Four stories entwine, four quests become one.
I’ve always been fascinated by people I pass on the street. Oftentimes I’ll find myself watching people and wondering what their life is like. This novel does just that. Four people who pass each other all the time on the same street and yet they’ll all strangers. It’s so easy for us to get caught up in our own worlds that we forget that we share this planet with others.
Each of the characters is in a crisis. Taken separately, their stories are interesting. However, the author takes it one step further and connects all of the stories on some levels, adding new layers of complexity and enriching the overall tale.
Each character comes alive as the story progresses and part of the reason is that they open their eyes and start to see what’s around them. This makes them more relatable and not cardboard cutouts. A lot of times I give credit to authors for creating “real” people as characters. This novel is unique in that the entwining stories make the characters real. Our lives are enriched by the people we know. This novel shows how true this is.
My Favorite Daily Life Parisian Things
By Adria J. Cimino
Little-known fact: Parisians are often astonished when I tell them that we Americans (and many others!) dream of visiting their city. That’s because so many Parisians love to travel and dream of visiting our homelands!
As difficult as it is for many Francophiles to believe, Parisians don’t often think of their city as extraordinary. It’s the place they know, and they are looking at the grass that seems much greener elsewhere.
They do have a point. When you settle down to daily life in Paris, it becomes sort of similar to life in any other place. You can really stay within your own neighborhood and not see a tourist or tourist attraction for weeks. And you start complaining about the rainy weather, or the subway that just broke down or the rush-hour crowd that’s smashing you against the subway door…
But right at that point, before thinking one more grumpy thought, it’s time to return to the Paris that seduced you in the first place. That’s what I tell myself every time.
So I start thinking of my favorite things about daily life here (and you can enjoy these things even if you’re here on a visit).
Here’s my list:
My most frequent “takeout” lunch is a baguette sandwich… Ah, that fresh, crunchy bread!
You can sit at a café for hours with the same cup of tea, and no one would even think of nudging you out the door.
Books are still a No. 1 form of entertainment! (Just look at most of the people in the subway and you’ll see!)
Buildings don’t block the sky (height is restricted in the center of town)
Within three square blocks just about anywhere in the city, there are cheese shops, bakeries and other little local businesses.
Street food is a crepe with Nutella.
Perfume and scarves are the top two fashion accessories.
Smoking no longer is allowed in restaurants and cafes.
Art is accessible to all (regular free exhibits at the city hall and other locations).
With the Seine and the Canal Saint-Martin, when in Paris, a long stroll along the water is always within reach.
Adria J. Cimino worked as a journalist for more than a decade at news organizations including the Associated Press and Bloomberg News. Adria, who grew up in the sunshine, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. She now lives in Paris and enjoys sharing her adventures in the city and thoughts about the writing life in her blog “Adria in Paris.” Her first novel, “Paris, Rue des Martyrs,” is set for release on Feb. 10, 2014.
To enter the giveaway, please leave me a comment below stating you would like a chance to win a copy and if you would prefer a mobi or epub file. One random winner will be selected on Saturday, March 15.