Paris, Rue des Martyrs by Adria J. Cimino

paris-rue-des-martyrs-cover-finalI received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Paris, Rue des Martyrs by Adria J. Cimino is a story about four people.

Cecile de Champigny is a wife and mother of two teenagers; however she isn’t happy in her life, until she meets an Italian painter and runs the risk of being led into temptation.

Minutes before Rafael Mendez’s father died, he revealed something to his son that led him from Colombia to Paris to uncover a family secret and to seek his birthmother.

Mira Gilano leaves Naples after finding out that her fiancé, who she is about to marry in a couple of months, has betrayed her.  Trying to escape the hurt she travels to Paris to live with a friend and instead finds herself been given a new chance at love. With her fiancé, or a new guy?

Then there is Andre Wren, an established actor, who finds his career basically over after sustaining injuries following an accident.  He has a son that he abandoned years ago; who suddenly shows up in Paris and Andre is set on repairing his mistakes and seeking redemption from his son. This only happened when Andre realized that after losing the love of his life, he can’t lose his son too.

The story is set in Paris of course, specifically in a street called Rue des Martyrs. When you google some pictures of the street, you’ll find some old vintage photos as well as  new current day pictures and it is a beautiful street. However, the story isn’t so much about the street itself, but the characters are the heart of the novel. Not only these four characters whose lives intertwine at some point, but also the secondary characters too. I like Mira the best, because I felt that she knows what she wanted and that she is a strong woman. She was able to show her hurt (not weakness) with tears, but she was strong enough to know what was good for her and what was not. At the end, her life has a happy ending. I also liked that Andre, who is such a pompous and self-righteous character that irritated me at some point, redeemed himself in his son’s eyes.  Cecile I found to be weak, she is vocal about her distaste for her stepdaughter, but can’t seem to voice her concerns for her failing marriage or notice when her daughter needs her. Naïve she was, but still likable.
I enjoyed reading this novel and I was hooked from the beginning to the end, because I found the characters in the book intriguing. I like observing people and this story was like observing the lives of these four people and wanting to know more about them and the people in their lives.

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  • I like this concept of an “honest” review. I can’t imagine something dishonest, the variables are always incompetence, not yours of course, but mine, and things like honest mistakes. The truth, even if you can feel it inside, doesn’t mean it can be articulated. Sadly too, I would want someone to review a book I wrote with honesty, but I have had those kinds of books that made me sick to my stomach and I didn’t want to say anything to the other person. I just didn’t review it. If I had reviewed the book, I thought it would have destroyed their hopes, but it might actually expose me.

    Your review was a clear summary. I liked it because you reminded me of this process. The whole idea of getting a book from someone as a form of payment and yet if you didn’t quite like it, not only might you have felt cheated, but then to add insult to injury, you would then have to tell the world, or not.

    • One of the reasons I don’t accept payment for a review is because I want to give honest reviews. I want to be able to say what I think about the book without having to feel I have to sugar-coat it. I think it’s important for your readers to tell them what you thought of the book. There are some that will love a certain book and there are some that won’t. It doesn’t always mean it’s a bad book, just perception and taste in books. Having said that, I don’t think I’ll ever go as far as destroying someone’s hopes and dreams, therefore I have a section in myreview policy that clearly states if I really have nothing good to say I will give you the option to opt out of me posting a review 🙂

      An example of where I liked a book, but had some issues with certain content (and giving my honest opinion about it) is The Improbable Return of Coco Chanel

      • I love this statement: “I really have nothing good to say I will give you the option to opt out.” You are a clear writer. I like that about you. I respect you.

        • Thank you for that compliment!

  • Mel, Thank you so much for taking the time to read my novel. I’m glad you enjoyed the stories… It’s very rewarding for me to know that readers feel a connection with or take a liking to certain characters. I like observing too, so as I wrote, I felt as if I was people watching in addition to developing the characters! 🙂

  • I agree with Mel – I really liked Mira and didn’t like Cecile (though, for the story, Cecile was still a great character). But my favorite was Hugo!

    • Hugo was one of those secondary characters that I really liked!

  • It does sound really good 🙂 I think I would enjoy it

  • Thank you for this review. I so love Paris. I lived ther for two years as a jeune fille au pair. It is such a mystery to me what draws me to that place I love it so much.

    • I would love to visit Paris one day. I think I will love it as much as you 🙂

  • Cecile drove me crazy at times. I wanted her to stand up for herself and to also be more open and honest. But I think I liked Andre the best. He was a great grumpy old man 😀

    • Andre sure was a grumpy man, but in the end he eventually realized he can’t continue that way. I wish Cecile was more like Mira, but then again, she also cheated, so it’s okay that she went back to the cheating man in her life.

  • Another terrific review, another novel I’m excited to get lost in.

  • You had me at Paris!

    • I’d love to visit the beautiful city one day!

  • Very nice review. I usually enjoy character-driven novels. 😀

    • Thanks Ricki. I really like that about this novel.

  • Sounds like a book I could enjoy. Thanks for sharing Mel!

    • I’m sure you will! 🙂

  • Isi

    Sounds good; I like stories with different characters to see how they react.
    I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    • You should give it a read, Isi 🙂

  • I love Paris and stories where characters’ lives intersect, so I’ve been interested in this book since reviews started popping up in my reader. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

    • Thanks, I did. Maybe one day you’ll get to give it a read too 🙂

  • Intersecting lives of regular folks? In Paris? Why that just sounds lovely.

  • This sounds like a really atmospheric novel! I think it takes a lot for an author to really capture both characters and a certain place.

    • Quite so. Thanks for stopping by, Lindsey

  • This book looks really intriguing. And I love Paris. So, great combination.

    I found your blog very recently, after starting my own, http://www.bookmusings.com. Great minds think alike, right?

    • Hi Gillian! It was a lovely book. Thanks for stopping by! I actually did quite a lot of research on similar blog names before I started my blog. Let’s hope no one confuse our blogs in future 🙂

      • I know… I had the name stuck in my head and I was kind of amazed that it was available.

        You’re blog seems to be very well established with lots of loyal readers. I have been enjoying perusing it myself.

        Once I have established some decent content, I plan to veer in a bit of a different direction anyways, so I don’t think people will get confused. 🙂

        Keep up the great writing!

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