Monday, March 3, 2014


Some encounters make a difference. 

Four strangers in Paris. Each one is on a quest: to uncover a family secret, to grasp a new chance at love, to repair mistakes of the past. Four stories entwine, four quests become one, as their paths cross amid the beauty, squalor, animation and desolation of a street in Paris, the Rue des Martyrs. 

Rafael's search for his birth mother leads him to love and grim family secrets. Cecile’s view of herself as an unsatisfied housewife is radically changed by the promise of a passionate liaison. Andre, an aging actor, troubled by the arrival of the son he abandoned years ago, must make a choice, to either lose his son forever or put aside pride and seek redemption. Mira travels to Paris to begin a new life and forget about love… or so she intends. 

Four strangers, four stories, one riveting novel. 

A gripping story that I was unable to let go of. 

The descriptions of the Montmartre district, the parisian ambience are acurate and wonderfully told. The author was able to provide a realistic atmosphere with fair beautiful words and without cliché. I loved how Adria J. Cimino plays with her words and with her readers. A real treat. 

The characters are endearing. All have flaws and they all want to discover something or run away from their troubles until that have to face life. The fates of the characters intersect and intertwine and this is orchestrated in a subtle way. The author really charmed me, she is very talented and her story is brillant of simplicity. 

As a reader, I was caught by the adventures and I was unable to release my book before discovering the end of the story ... Captivating!

Beautiful discovery and beautiful slice of life. 


"What she really meant was that she felt trapped in an artificial world, and it seemed as if no exit was available to her."

From Cecile: "If anything, what Septime might like about me is that I showed him a reality. It's not pretty, and it's not exciting, but it's my life."


Traduction du synopsis 
Certaines rencontres font la différence. 

Quatre étrangers à Paris. Chacun est parti dans une quête: pour découvrir un secret de famille, saisir une nouvelle chance d'aimer, réparer les erreurs du passé. 
Quatre histoires s'entrelacées, quatre quêtes devenues une lorsque leurs chemins se croisent au milieu de la beauté, la misère, l'animation et la désolation d'une rue de Paris, la rue des Martyrs. 

La recherche de la mère naturelle de Rafael le conduit à l'amour et à des secrets de famille sinistres. 
Cécile se voit comme une femme au foyer, insatisfaite et sa vie, elle va être radicalement modifiée par la promesse d'une liaison passionnée. 
André, un acteur vieillissant, est troublé par l'arrivée du fils qu'il a abandonné il ya des années, et doit faire un choix: soit à perdre son fils à jamais ou mettre de côté l'orgueil et chercher la rédemption. Mira se rend à Paris pour commencer une nouvelle vie et oublier l'amour ... ou du moins c'était son intention. 

Quatre étrangers, quatre histoires, un roman captivant. 

Une histoire prenante que j'ai été incapable de lâcher après avoir commencé.

Les descriptions du quartier de Montmartre, les ambiances, l'auteur est parvenu à proposer une atmosphère réaliste avec des mots justes et sans cliché. J'ai adoré la manière dont l'auteur joue avec les mots et avec son lecteur. Un vrai régal.

Les personnages sont attachants. Tous ont des failles, tous ont envie de découvrir ou de fuir une part d'eux mêmes. 
Les destins des personnages vont se croiser et s'entrelacer. C'est orchestré d'une manière subtile et l'auteur m'a vraiment charmé.

En tant que lecteur, j'ai été happée par les aventures des différents personnages et j'ai été complément incapable de lâcher mon livre avant d'avoir découvert le fin mot de l'histoire...

Très belle découverte et très belle tranche de vie.  

*Arc provided by the author. I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Adria J. Cimino lives in Paris and enjoys sharing her adventures in the city and thoughts about the writing life in her blog "Adria in Paris."

Previously, she 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.




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  1. Hi Lucie, Thank you for participating in my virtual book tour! I'm glad you enjoyed the novel and found the characters interesting. Merci :)

    1. It was my pleasure. You're description of Paris was great but your characters werea really good surprise!
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. "Gripping" and "captivating" are two things I look for in a book! As much as I love to read, I always have a hard time getting started on a new book. But I've just recently started "Paris, Rue des Martyrs" and agree with this review! Now, my toddler feels differently and snatches the Kindle out of my hand, but at least it's not ME letting go of it :)

    1. I'm happy to hear that you like the book so far, Vicki! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. thanks for your awesome bilingual review. Cool to see another France Book Tours author also enjoying your review! By the way, you had agreed to organize a giveaway with it. would you have time to edit that? thanks! Emma

    1. It is indeed great to have the review in French as well. Merci!