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Secrets of Paris: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Luanne Rice
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Passion and friendship get equal billing in this entertaining love story, shaded with dark undertones, from the author of Crazy in Love. Lydie McBride, a photographer's stylist, and her architect husband Michael move to Paris while Michael, on a cultural exchange program, redesigns a room in the Louvre. Lydie is still reeling from the shock of her father's recent death in a murder-suicide with the young woman who was his lover. As Lydie is befriended by sophisticated Patrice d'Origny, a young Bostonian married to the owner of a fashionable jewelry store, Michael begins an affair with an eccentric French biographer who is engrossed in her 17th-century subject, Mme de Sevigne. Asked to design the new d'Origny catalogue, Lydie decides to stage a ball in a nearby chateau. While working on their separate projects, she and Michael try to determine whether their once wholehearted love can be recovered. Lively and appealing characters--notably Lydie herself--the Paris setting and themes of betrayal and forgiveness distinguish this spirited romance.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Once again Rice ( Crazy in Love, LJ 9/1/88; Stone Heart, LJ 4/15/90) weaves a tale of modern-day life that's hard to put down. This time the heroine is Lydie McBridge and the setting is Paris. Lydie is trying to come to grips with a family tragedy while spending a year in Paris with her husband Michael. While Lydie is developing a friendship with American Patrice d'Origny, Michael is drawn into an affair with a French coworker. Michael's betrayal rocks the marriage, and Lydie is forced to examine her feelings about her family and her marriage while virtually separated from both in Paris. This is a novel of friendship, love, and betrayal that lets you into the minds of all the participants. It is one of those books that you don't want to end because you want to know what happens to all of the people in it. Highly recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/91.
-Kathy Ingels Helmond, Indiana Univ./ Purdue Univ. at Indianapolis Lib.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553587838
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Jan. 25 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43EWQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,094 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Luanne Rice Novel Jan. 18 2013
By loon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As with all of the books of Luanne Rice that I have read, it was a good story and well written. Captured my attention from the beginning and held it throughout. I really do like the style of her writing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but different March 15 2011
By lh1963
Format:Paperback
This novel didn't seem to be a typical Luanne Rice novel. Although different can be good. I enjoyed it, but couldn't get into it the same way I could with her other novels.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for early in her career June 14 2004
Format:Hardcover
Maybe I'm biased since I love everything Luanne Rice writes...I've read all of her newer novels, and I've worked my way back to her older stuff. I've enjoyed them all, but of course the older books aren't as "polished".
Secrets of Paris is like an anatomy of a marriage. We see two people who are going through a rough transitional time in their lives, and trying to get through it and stay together. They thought moving to Paris for a year might help, but of course it brings about new issues as well. This couple makes friends, move forward in their careers, but will they make progress in their marriage?
Again, this is not Rice's best work. I did however enjoy the story and characters. I cared about them and what would happen. To me, that's a good story. If you haven't read Luanne Rice before, I would recommend some of her newer novels first though- like Cloud 9, Firefly Beach and Safe Harbor.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Book! Jan. 18 2004
Format:Hardcover
I must preface this review by saying that Luanne Rice is one of my very favorite authors. Her books, which are generally filled with wonderful relationships, usually find me hugging her books and crying at the end of them. But unfortunately, Secrets of Paris was a grand disappointment when I read it recently. I certainly looked forward to reading one of Ms. Rice's earliest books but found in the end it was a grand disappointment and held very few secrets for me as a reader. I do wonder if I had read it when I first found this author if I would have continued reading her books. Then again, perhaps if I read this one first I might have seen her progression into the beloved author I now think about when I hear her name or see a new book by her.
The plot revolved around three women living and working in Paris. Lydie is a stylist who has accompanied her husband for the year as he works on an assignment at the Louvre. Patrice is an American woman who is married to a Parisian businessman and meets Lydie at a café. Rounding out the trio is Kelly, a Filipino woman who is Patrice's maid and longs to live in the United States. What happens between these three women as they forge a bond and try to help Kelly get to the United States should be of interest but failed to move me.
Although I didn't care for this book, I do recommend that anybody who loves family stories and relationship consider reading other books by Luanne Rice. Titles like The Perfect Summer, Blue Moon Home Fires and The Firefly trilogy are top reads from her and ones which even now just thinking about put a smile on my face.
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