A Garden in Paris
By Sherri Myers
Apr 1, 2005 - 3:30:00 PM

Mary Elisabeth Davis is a fifty-year-old widow who has lived the past twenty-six years in the shadow of her controlling and powerful husband. Over the last two years since his death, Mary has begun to question whether her life still has any meaning. She has given up everything that used to be important to her in order to be Sam Davis's wife, and now that he is gone, she isn't sure who she is anymore. A framed motto Mary finds in an antique store and a chance notice of a magazine cover of an old flame's ship give Mary a reason to continue living and a whole new purpose in life. Memories of her former lover come rushing back, causing Mary to wonder how things might have been if she'd made different choices in her past.

Jean-Marc David, the man with three first names as Mary always called him, lives in France near Paris. When he receives a letter from Mary, the woman who broke his heart so many years ago, Jean-Marc isn't sure if he should meet her or just let it remain in the past. As memories of Mary flood into his mind, Jean-Marc decides he must see her one more time, if only for old times' sake.

When Mary and Jean-Marc meet again, the years drop away and these two old friends begin spending time together just enjoying the other's company. Will the City of Lights bring these two lovers back together again? What will happen when Mary's daughter shows up in pursuit of her mother? Will secrets kept carefully hidden for many years finally be revealed?

A GARDEN IN PARIS is a touching story of a fifty-year-old woman who has given up what made her herself in order to be the wife of an influential man. Now that he is gone, Mary tries to recapture herself with the motto she finds on an old plaque, 'It is never too late to be what you might have been'. In order to reclaim herself, Mary feels she must go back in time and right the wrongs she has done. Will she also find love in Paris? I easily identified with Mary and found myself caring what happened to her, all the while feeling sympathetic to her because of all she's given up in order to get the life she has lived. Mary's daughter Liz tends to be a heavy-handed character who the reader will hope will see the light, and I wasn't disappointed. Stephanie Grace Whitson has another best-seller on her hands, one which I recommend to lovers of inspirational fiction.

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