May 20, 2011

Hidden in Paris - A Giveaway!


“In a tale of friendship, self-discovery and love, three women running away from their lives become unlikely friends in a beautiful house in the heart of Paris.

I've been following Corine Gantz's colorful, exuberant blog, Hidden in France, for years. The bold interior design and decorating photos she shares are some seriously beautiful eye candy and her prediction last year that canelés are the new macarons made me cheer (please tell me that it came true, I am so tired of seeing macarons everywhere).

Imagine my delight when I received an email from her earlier this month offering me three copies of her debut novel, Hidden in Paris, to give to my readers.
My first ever giveaway!


Paris

''Hidden in Paris is a story of a friendship between three strangers, three American women whose lives are at an impasse.  Lola is trapped in a marriage that scares her, Annie is a widow who is losing all means to take care of her children, and Althea suffers from depression and a severe eating disorder.
They take a leap and decide to move in together (and bring along with them their not so pretty secrets) in a beautiful house in Paris.  Once there, they struggle with cohabitation, then learn from one another, and eventually transform their lives.  
The novel's major theme is the healing power of friendship, but let's not forget the healing power of Paris, the city of love. 
Francophiles will love visiting, or revisiting, Paris, and reading about French food and French idiosyncrasies.  Romantics will love everything else.''

Paris

More from her website:
"Lost in France, a country she mistrusts, among French people she hardly understands, Annie has trouble venturing away from home since the death of her husband. And since home happens to be a small jewel of a house nestled in the heart of Paris, why would she ever want to? But when bankruptcy threatens her beloved house, her one anchor in life, Annie has no choice but to find renters, and quick.
Leave it to someone socially phobic to phrase a want ad in all the wrong ways.  With shimmering promises of ‘Starting over in Paris’ –– a concept she has no intention of applying to her own life––Annie attracts tenants with the kind of baggage that doesn’t fit in suitcases. A long-legged, cool-headed ex model (everything Annie is definitely not) on the run from her abusive husband, a frail young woman harboring a possible death wish, a mysterious French artist, and an infuriating blue-blooded French man soon threaten Annie’s way of life in ways she never anticipated. 
But when Annie finds herself reluctantly yet actively engaged in the rescue of her tenants, she discovers that she might just save herself in the process."
 
To win a copy of Hidden in Paris, all you need to do is leave a comment.
It's that easy! 
I'll choose three winners by random drawing on Friday, May 27.
Please include your email in your comment so I can contact you if you win.


Hidden in Paris is also available on Amazon.com. Pin It

88 comments:

Linda Carswell said...

I would love to win a copy please!!! Any book that can transport me back to France is a good thing.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Sounds like a good book to me I can read anything that is about France. dpsfrance (at) gmail.com Diane

Aidan said...

I'm in.
aidan
conjugatingirregularverbs@gmail.com

Lost In Cheeseland said...

Yet another blog to add my list! Thanks for sharing! Would love to read her book as well.

Susan said...

This should be made into a Film!,, Susan.McNally@lineone.net

Jacqui@FrenchVillageDiaries said...

Despite living here since 2004 I can't get enough French related reading material! Would love to win a copy!
Jacqui.brown@orange.fr

CorinneInParis said...

Oh I would love to read it! Thanks :)

meredith said...

Count me in.

chris hobel said...

always enjoy your blog as it take me back to my french visit a few years back

Susan said...

I have already left a comment and decided to buy the book anyway. Went onto Amazon and it can only be bought in Kindle version. I definitely need to win this book now as I love to hold a book and savour it, not read it on my IPad!
Susan.McNally@lineone.net

Alan said...

You need a winner in Australia I feel to get the true nature of world wide web in order;-)
amcbride01@gmail.com

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

Oh this looks so lovely; thanks to gorgeous blogs like yours, I'm becoming more interested in France by the day :)

coeur.de.verre said...

This book sounds great! Hope I'm lucky!!

Sarah said...

I would love to blog about the book! I can't wait!

smjohns91@yahoo.com

syrahsuzie said...

I lived in Paris for 2 years, more than 30 years ago, but i still remember how lovely it was. I'm still in France, in the Aude and love your photos - the shutters,the old signs and the vines. Although I see them every day I always enjoy your take on them.

J.N. Urbanski said...

Oh god so many comments. I would love to win the book!

Wendy said...

Love your blog, and thankful for the chance to win a copy of this book. Thanks! wjohns7@gmail.com

Ashley Summer said...

I would love to win a copy of your book!! It sounds incredible! And thank you for your amazing blog, it is one of my favorites!
ashley@summerinthegarden.com

Nadege said...
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Nadege said...

Sorry, I deleted the above comment as I made a mistake.
You are tired of "macarons" and I am sooooo tired of cupcakes.

Dedene said...

Sounds like an interesting book. If I get it, I promise to pass it along to someone else living in France.
nelsoncourt@aol.com

croquecamille said...

How exciting! The book sounds a bit like "Hunting and Gathering" (shamefully, I don't know the French title) by Anna Gavalda, which I recently read and enjoyed very much. I'd love to compare the two!

Mimi said...

J'Adore Paris!!!
I love Paris!!!
Ik hou van Parijs!!!
Ich liebe Paris!!

Need I say more?

I am doing my first give-away as well, I give away decorated paper....including Paris-paper.
If someone wanna join, please pass by on my blog!

For now, goodluck all with this lovely give-away!

Wanna be a winner as well ;)

love,
Mimilovesmimi.blogspot.com
email:
mimiV@hotmail.nl

Tiffany said...

I would adore winning this
tiffany.yelitza@gmail.com

Carrie said...

Sounds like a dream :-)

carriek21@gmail.com

Sugar Daze said...

Ditto whay Lindsey said! I could use a good beach book for the upcoming Ascension holiday! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lovely book! Especially for an ex-ex-pat!
mllecognac@aol.com

Rosie_Kate said...

Ooh, what an exciting giveaway! The book sounds intriguing!

Sion Dayson @ paris (im)perfect said...

Oh cool! Would love a copy - and congrats to you on your first giveaway, too! :)

Libby said...

Sometimes you need to take charge and help steer people in the right direction. The book sounds very interesting and I look forward to reading it libby.adams@lifebytravel.com.

CJ said...

What fun it would be to win this.

Even more fun that I'm prompted to drop a comment instead of just thinking about it. Your photos transport me.

Thank you for doing what you do
CJ
christijarland (at) gmail.com

corine @ hidden in paris said...

OMG! (or should I say OMD!, since we're among Fracophiles here?) Thank you for this post and for promoting my novel in such a generous way. I'm humbled, and thrilled:)))

I thanked you on my blog in such a minuscule way... How about I carve your statue out of canelés? heh?

By the way, the novel is indeed available on Kindle for $2.99 and I have discount codes for the paperback if you want to email me at corinegantz@live.com. But first, let see who wins.

Ruby@Ruby'sMusings said...

To be able to escape into a book is always divine, one that centers on Paris would be heavenly...hope I win!

Anne said...

I'm in! Keep my fingers crossed :-)

Ksam said...

Three copies? Wow, lucky you!!

Emily@VitaNostra said...

I would so love to win a copy! I need a virtual trip to Paris!

Emm said...

I'd love to have a copy. Does it have pictures as wonderful as the ones you post? Sounds like a fun read, for francophiles and those other kinds of people.

Janet said...

In May, three years ago, I was in Paris and anything that brings me back there is most welcomed. Thanks for the given away!

Giulia said...

I would love to read Corine's book but cannot spend a cent. Here's hoping I might win it! Thanks so much for the chance.

Cheers!

Susan

Vicky Bonifacio said...

J ♥ PARIS!!! Your novel´s summary is very exciting, I want to know all the history!!!

Michelle said...

Sounds like a great book!! I'll have to check out her blog also

sydney85 said...

After visiting Paris last year I absolutely agree that Paris is the best city in the world. I really enjoy reading books that include Paris.

Lize said...

I would love to read this book! Looks like a great read :)

Linds said...

Yay for giveaways and books about Paris!

suzielarose said...

Cool giveway for a first one! Thanks for the opportunity to win one copy!
guibord_leblanc(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

Appletree said...

I've been following her too and I would love to read her book! Thanks!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Amazing !! .. A fantastic giveaway and by Corine .. Ihave been following her blog for a long time..

I would love to win this book .. maybe take it to Paris to read too ♥

LauraInSeattle said...

Wow! That is really cool of Corine Gantz. Loulou, I love your blog and your links. I was hoping for the great "Loulou habite a Paris" version this year, but things happen for good reason. Thank you for sharing your photos and today for sharing your good fortune!

Kim said...

I would love to win this book, for the last year I have been dreaming of running away to Paris. Maybe it will satisfy my desire enough that I can wait till I am done with school.

rainydaymuse said...

Oh yes, please. I would like a copy! Love the website and all things French or flowering.

Trisha said...

Count me in! I love all things French :D
roundaboutshop@gmail.com

corine/ Hidden in Paris said...

Loving all the excitement about Hidden in Paris.

I really want to give a copy to every single one you you right now :(

For those who will not win this giveaway, if you own a kindle I was able to set the new price it at $2.99.

BellaVida said...

Hi, I am a new follower. I really enjoying your photos.

I would love to win a copy of that book.

Bella Vida by Letty
Have a great weekend.

BellaVidaByLetty@gmail.com

Jennyphoria said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I'd love to read it!

Robin said...

Sounds great, count me in please!

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Leithing said...

I'm going back to Paris soon and would love a copy to get me in the mood. leithing@virginmedia.com

Catherine said...

would love a copy!

helen tilston said...

Love your blog and thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.
My best

Sarah said...

What fun! It's always nice to get surprises in the mail, especially if its a good book

Veronica said...

CroqueCamille, the Anna Gavalda book is "Ensemble c'est Tout", I think (the one with 3 very diverse people sharing a flat) -- I enjoyed it too.

Even if I don't win this draw, the price of the Kindle edition is very affordable :)

Anonymous said...

Hopefully I will be in Paris on Friday. We already tried to get there last year... But then our flight was cancelled because of Eyjafjallajökull. So we booked again for this year and now Grimsvötn could ruin our flight to Paris on friday..
so it would be nice just to read about Paris in this wonderful book.
My email: caro.ammer@web.de
Carola

mlle Melinda said...

My dream as a young woman was to see Paris. It was granted, and I was enchanted. I ate up everything francais I could find. My home is lovingly filled with all things French, and of course Parisienne. I recently seized the day, and flew to CDG and back home within 24 hours! It was worth the time and cost to sip a cafe latte and breathe the air of my precious Paris. Since that first few sentences in high school, I have been thinking "en francais."
Please take me back there and fall in love all over again with the City of Lights! -Et amour!

HolidaysToEurope.com.au said...

Sounds like a fantastic book. Would help me to re-live some wonderful Parisian moments until I can return (soon, I hope!!).

Anonymous said...

Hidden in Paris. Sounds like a description of my heart. I've left it hidden in Paris. I guess that's how I stumble upon these blogs, updates and posts... :) Everyone wants to have a copy and I'm not even logged in! I'm still going to try to win over your heart :D and convince you that a 20-year-old girl from Croatia who's hopelessly in love with Paris is simply THE ONE who should get the book. :)
Please, please, please? (I've been taught that 'please' opens all doors.) :))))

Angela :)

choco_mademoiselle@hotmail.com

ModernpilgrimsRon said...

Wandering the streets and allies of Paris is a treasure hunt for me.
I always discover magnificient things of Paris, her people, her soul.

C'est magnifique

Marsha said...

Well, I'm one of 3 girls running to Paris this fall! It feels like a dream. itsmynaptime@aol.com

Ange said...

I love reading about France. Can't seem to get enough. :)

randall.angela@gmail.com

Scintilla said...

Me too please. I'd love it!

gardenbre said...

im reading all things french these days before moving to paris next spring for 3 months (278 days left) ... count me in as well + adding more blogs to my list

Frenchicandshabby said...

Would love to win a copy of this book. Perhaps it could help me understand some of my own expriences of living in France and transform my life!

Anna-Sylwia said...

Stories set in Paris - my favorite literary genre!

Please, count me in.

aniasylwia.mackowiak@gmail.com

sensiblecooking said...

I would love to get my hands on those.

Robin | My Melange said...

Oh la la! RIght up my alley ;) Always love a good Paris read....

nancy said...

oh my dream is to BE hidden in paris for a year !
maybe this will inspire me to do just that ! merci ... nancy

nancy said...

oh my dream is to BE hidden in paris for a year...maybe this will inspire me ! merci..nancy

kuabeachbumz@hotmail.com

EllenP said...

Would love to win a copy!
edelperry@cox.net

achaplin said...

Always love a good read!

Chez Loulou said...

(I'm commenting for Susan - Jennifer)

would love to win a copy of this book, but I cannot seem to log into your blog :(


Susan Madigan McHugh
susan.madigan.mchugh@gmail.com

Kasia Dietz said...

Sounds like a great read! Would love a copy!

laura said...

Sound like an intriguing book! laursviequotidienne@gmail.com

talesfromagarden said...

I would love to get lost in Paris through this book include me in please!

diana said...

Buon Giorno... sounds like a great read and one that would resonate with the experience of living in this part of the world. :) xoxo Have a lovely weekend.

michelle said...

Sounds like a great book :)
In case I win, email under "about this blog" on my site...

Parisianlover said...

I escape to Paris when I can....romance;culture;lingering over lunch while Parisian life parades past me. It's like no other city and has captured my heart. Let me pack this book with my metromap next time ... And read the dream... janemcintyre1@btinternet.com

Jennifer Medeiros said...

I am on maternity leave, I have a 31/2 yr old n a 9mnth old the only getaway I have is in a book!! I would love 2 go 2 paris 1 day, (when my daughter is 16) and at least for now this could take me away for a little while any way! I dont want to beg but PLEEEEEEZEEEE!
jennfrancella@yahoo.ca
I am keepin my fingers xd

Jocelyne said...

I would love to read this book
Hpe I am not to late

Bonnie said...

Delighted to find your blog via French Essence and to have a chance to win the lovely book, "HIdden in Paris".

Chez Loulou said...

Bonnie
Sorry, but you've missed the giveaway! I'll probably do another one, so keep in touch!