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Plum Blossoms in Paris [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Hina
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Book Description

Post-grad neuroscience student Daisy Lockhart has never been short on brains, but after her longtime boyfriend, Andy Templeton, dumps her through e-mail, she is short on dreams. Alone for the first time in six years, Daisy allows herself to finally be an individual instead of half of a couple. On a mission towards self-discovery, new adventures, and healing her wounded soul, Daisy travels to Paris. Upon her arrival, she meets Mathieu, a mysterious intellectual with a carefree spirit, and Daisy begins to experience the passion and the fulfillment she craves. Daisy's tense battle between possible love and her newly found freedom forces her to decide what she really wants.



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From Publishers Weekly

In her debut novel, Hina tracks a poetic Parisian romance between an American tourist and a French writer. Daisy, a 23-year-old neuroscience grad, has dropped her lab-rat life in Ohio for an open-ended trip to Paris after getting dumped by her longtime boyfriend. Named by her father after Henry James's novella, Daisy is "trying to outrun a broken heart" in her search for "the iconic bohemian chase" experienced by great 20th-century writers and artists in Montmartre. On her train ride to the city from the airport, she has a chance encounter with Mathieu, a writer and tour guide. They meet again by happenstance at the Musée d'Orsay and fall into a whirlwind affair. The lovers set out on one of Mathieu's city-wide tours, playfully debating current events, art, literature, and their disparate cultures. Hina's unrelenting lyrical composition may turn some readers off, but the tone brings a fantastical quality to the dreamer's idyll of a romantic tryst with an artistic Frenchman in Paris. (Aug.) (c)
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When her longtime boyfriend Andy unexpectedly dumps her, Daisy Lockhart takes a break from her life and heads to Paris to try and put together the broken pieces of her heart. Daisy's romantic recovery in France happens more quickly than she expects, though, once she meets freelance tour guide and writer Mathieu. As the two explore enchanting Paris, they find themselves falling in love, but Mathieu has some emotional baggage from the past that threatens their romance. Rich in fascinating details about the art and culture of Paris, Hina's debut novel is a terrific literary love letter to the City of Light. While the plot—especially the ending—challenges the reader's willing suspension of disbelief, the writing itself is imbued with a stylish sense of wit. Plum Blossoms in Paris is chick lit with a très chic accent. --John Charles

Product Details

  • File Size: 1401 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160542126X
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (June 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ASOQ58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Language as Art July 21, 2010
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PLUM BLOSSOMS IN PARIS is an exquisitely written debut, told from the perspective of Daisy Lockhart, who treats herself to an open-ended vacation in Paris after her high school sweetheart dumps her. There she meets Mathieu, a writer, "the distractible type, who neglects to eat because there are other, less ridiculous, matters at hand." Mathieu too is looking for balance, having just lost his mother, a woman whose past makes Daisy an ironic choice of lover.

Yet lovers they become, and Daisy is treated to the feast that is Paris. The novel is rich in cultural references, especially literature and art. The city is viewed through eyes both reverent and critical, as Daisy allows her senses to be filled while at the same time checking her emotional responses against the American within her, an identity she holds close. Her relationship with Mathieu is a study in compatibility. The story gradually focuses on whether Daisy will choose to remain in Paris with him: the reader can't help making ever-refined predictions and vacillating on whether she should. The author does a splendid job of leaving the matter undecided until the end.

The strength of this novel is the writing. The prose is stylish, sensitive, and refined, the result of a natural born poet tackling a larger canvas. PLUM BLOSSOMS demands a second reading merely for the beauty of its language. The promise of the author's next novel, and writing career, is high.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depth and Honest Emotion July 4, 2010
Format:Paperback
Plum Blossoms has a depth not common in novels anymore, and that's why it's a refreshing read. Everyone hits a time when foundations are rocked and you lose sight of who you are and what you've been doing with your life. Daisy faces those questions by leaving her comfort zone (and country) and plunging into the streets of Paris. The man she meets there is a worthy adversary to tear those foundations down farther, and she causes his to fall too. Not an easy love story, but you can't look away as they tangle in the raw emotion and begin to find their footing again. I guarantee you'll remember these two characters.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written but a little insulting November 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Good: I agree with the other reviewers on a few points. This novel is so beautifully written. I also loved the way she described Paris and the various artworks viewed throughout the novel. She made me feel like I was there, either walking the streets with Matthieu and Daisy or looking at a beautiful, vivid Matisse.

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The Not So Good: I find their relationship a little unbelievable. After spending just one full day together, they are completely in love. Daisy gives up her life in the US and becomes Matthieu's muse. He's a writer and part-time tour guide when he needs to make money but she does nothing. She just explores Paris until she's given him enough time to write before she goes back home. I can't imagine many people satisfied with their lives revolving around one person and not trying to reach out for friends or a hobby.

I was just completely out of my element reading this. Several parts in this novel are insulting to Republicans (I'm paraphrasing: self-absorbed, filthy rich neanderthals) and Christians. I'm also a typical American who works 9-5 and feels accomplished after working. I cannot relate to loafing and after a while, I couldn't stand Matthieu's hatred for all things American.

I can see how someone who appreciates art and prose will love this novel. Writers, Artists, and Liberals will especially relate. It's a nice book, but it just wasn't for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining contemporary relationship drama July 30, 2010
Format:Paperback
Andy, her boyfriend in high school, college and graduate school, unceremoniously dumps Daisy Lockhart. Heartbroken as she never saw it coming and assumed as her only boyfriend she ever had, they would always be together. Daisy, unlike her Henry James' namesake, travels to Paris rather than Rome. There the American meets writer Mathieu, who grieves the recent death of his mother.

Mathieu and Daisy become lovers. He shows her a side of the city that few Americans ever see especially the arts and the legends that make Paris what it is. As they remain together, Daisy knows she delays the inevitable of choosing between being an American in Paris or an American in America.

This is an entertaining contemporary relationship drama in which Paris owns the story line. The city is seen mostly through the admiring, adoring and to a lesser degree disapproving eyes of the American in Paris. The lead couple is a wonderful cross Atlantic pairing, but more so the blossoming Daisy; as readers will wonder whether Daisy will follow the dreams of her heart or the American dreams she left back home.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Some families suffocate, others leave no air at all. "Plum Blossoms in Paris" tells the story of an American girl in Paris, embracing her adulthood after a sheltered life. When she finds a man who latches onto her fiercely, she finds herself split between exotic love and the family she fled from. "Plum Blossoms in Paris" is a charming romance and coming of age tale, highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its not just a read, its an experience September 6, 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is the cheapest ticket to Paris you are ever going to get. If not more, Paris is an equally important character in the book as is Daisy Lockhart (the girl you are going to fall in love with). And what a beautiful character it is! The deliciously described scenes provide such detailed imagery of the city that it comes as a treat to the senses. While Paris serves as a perfect backdrop, Daisy Lockhart, who at the beginning of the novel, comes of as a run-of-the-mill heartbroken girl who is uncertain about everything in life - inch by inch, crawls into the readers heart. The interactions of Daisy and Mathieu are so intimate yet believable that you feel like you're prying on a love-soaked couple and are shamelessly enjoying every bit of it. That's not the high point for me though (okay, it is a high-point, but maybe not the highest). What I loved the most about the book was how subtly the complicated relationships of Daisy and Mathieu with their parents, their siblings and friends, was portrayed. There are no fillers in this book. Every action that they take and each word which they speak, adds up to the story and their character development. This book defines the term "page-turner", and it accomplishes that with no dragons to slay and no daemons to kill. A task that, every reader knows just as well as the writers, is a mean one to achieve. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who appreciates the value of a good intellectual conversation. Thank you, Sarah Hina, for the wonderful experience with this book. Your love for art and literature is evident throughout the book and is the life & soul of it. I'll keep an eye out for your name on the book-stands.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Get over yourself already!!!!
ahhh!!!! I can't take it anymore, I give up you win I can not force myself to read anymore!! long winded run on sentences that go NOWHERE abound!
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much plot
It was an interesting idea, but the plot was more of a short story. Got tired of the long debates that never really went anywhere.
Published 2 months ago by Vicky A
1.0 out of 5 stars Blah, blah, blah
This book was so slow moving and laden with overly emotional language. Ugh. I couldn't get to the half way point.
Published 11 months ago by RedRaven617
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I had a very hard time getting through this book but I actually finished it & am relieved it's over. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Susan M. Carter
1.0 out of 5 stars Tough read.
Yikes! The story line was hard to buy into. The conversations between the main characters were so long and boring that I found myself skimming the page. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lois Neville
2.0 out of 5 stars Too verbose
The premise of the book is lovely, I love France, although not so much Paris, but the analogies and descriptions were so overdone that it was very slow going to read it and I found... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A. Mortenson
3.0 out of 5 stars it's okay
Parts of the book are very good, others not so much.
I felt it was fairytale- like, although supposedly represents a current and normal situation.
Published 17 months ago by LCB
3.0 out of 5 stars This was a I like I hatebthis book
the beginning was wow how this girl decides to go to Paris after her bf breaks up with her and while there starts having a romance with this who we think is a French guy but turns... Read more
Published 17 months ago by MZD
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
Started but never made it through the first few pages. Just not for me. Prefer a different type of book.
Published 17 months ago by Phyllis Cothran
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
like the feel of intellegent story romance but a bit draggy in areas. it took a bit to get into a storyline.
Published 17 months ago by gmachar
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Sarah Hina hails from Athens, Ohio. A former medical student and lab rat, Sarah now writes in between mothering two kids, watching films with her husband, and escaping into the outdoors with her camera and dog. Plum Blossoms In Paris is her debut novel.

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