Paris, Rue des Martyrs by Adria J. Cimino is the story of four interconnected strangers whose paths cross during the novel, and of course, it’s set in Paris.
Everyone faces a struggle (from the synopsis):
-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.
I really enjoyed reading this novel, and I was hooked from beginning to end. I especially liked the story of Andre, the aging actor, who was kind of a jerk at first. He was kind of a fun character, because it was hard not to like his gruffness at times.
And Cimino threw in a couple of side characters that I liked, too. I really liked Cecile. She was soooo housewifey but wanting more, and unsure of herself. Cecile seems like someone I might want to be friends with but also want to shake at some points, too.
Paris, Rue des Martyrs is a story about relationships and searching for the truth, searching for who you are. It’s a story that will take you on the journey of four strangers and won’t allow you to put the book down until you find out the conclusion.
My only caveat was that a few of the characters had similar names, which confused me a little bit. There was a Clara, a Claire, Clarisse, and Cecile. I got a little confused as to who was who with Clara and Claire, but as I got to know the characters better, I was able to keep them straight.
Now, who wants to go to Paris with me??
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