Pieces of Paris

Pieces of Paris Annalisse and Dennis seem to be living the American dream

  • Title: Pieces of Paris
  • Author: G.G. Vandagriff
  • ISBN: 9781606418383
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback
  • Annalisse and Dennis seem to be living the American dream

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    About “G.G. Vandagriff”

    1. G.G. Vandagriff

      G.G Vandagriff is the author of twenty four books and is an 1 Bestselling Author The Last Waltz, the first novel in her 20th Century Historical Romance Series won the Whitney Award for Best Historical Novel in 2009 There are now two books in that series Exile and Defiance Twelve of her novels are Regency romances, compared by critics to the witty novels of Georgette Heyer She has also written a lively genealogical mystery series featuring Briggie and Alex, two whacky widows, as sleuths Other genres she writes in include Contemporary Romance, Women s Fiction, and Suspense GG graduated from Stanford and received her master s degree from George Washington University She worked as an associate editor at Stanford s Hoover Institution, an assistant treasurer in the Harvard Treasurer s office, a bond analyst at Fidelity Investments, and an international banker for Continental Illinois National Bank later acquired by Bank of America.She and her husband David are the parents of three children and six grandchildren, her greatest joys in life Her favorite novel Jane Eyre She also loves Florence, Sundance Resort, The Voice, hot chocolate, lilacs, and dachshunds.Find out about her books, download a free novella, and sign up for her newsletter at ggvandagriff Also, be the first to know when Vandagriff s next book is available by following her at bookbub authors G.G.Vandag to receive new releases and discount alerts.

    277 thoughts on “Pieces of Paris”

    1. Weaving together powerful truths and psychologically driven fiction, GG Vandagriff's, Pieces of Pieces, takes readers on a emotional ride that winds through the darkest recesses of painful memories, plunges into unexpected realities, then climbs to breathtaking vistas of understanding, forgiveness and love. In Pieces of Paris we see the unraveling of Annalisse, a woman who seems to have everything until dark memories she's kept deeply buried for years claw their way to the surface, threatening t [...]

    2. I honestly think this may be the worst book I've ever read. After reading the first chapter I threw it across the room in absolute disgust. Only desperation for something to read, and a desire to give this book a complete review, forced me to trudge through it. To start, it's completely unrealistic and the characters are totally unrelatable. The author had this sitting in her hard drive for years and I wish she'd kept it there. The list of things wrong with this book is endless. It seems that au [...]

    3. I didn't like this book at all really. The author has taken three very distinct stories and tried to mesh them all into one book, and it doesn't work out very well for her in the end. This is mainly the story of Annalisse, and her marriage to two very different men. First their is Jules, a passionate musician who persuades Annalisse during her junior year at Stanford to give up her biology degree and move to Europe with him to study the piano. Their lives and short marriage are presented in the [...]

    4. Written beautifully, and richly descriptive. Pieces of Paris takes you on a breathtaking journey of a woman suddenly lost in her long buried past, a past she has kept completely hidden from her husband. Her husband not only is forced to uncover his wife's mystery, but another endangering the entire town. G.G. takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster, revealing Annalisse's past in tantalizing snippets, making this poignant story difficult to put down to the very end. Well done GG!

    5. I had a really hard time getting into this book. I dislike reading books that I have to convince myself to keep going. I made it about a third of the way through. I was a little disappointed because I have liked the author's books in the past.

    6. I wasn't very impressed with this book. The last 2 or three pages tried to end the story - but way too much was lacking - not really closure. I read "The Last Waltz" and really enjoyed it. This book was a disappointment.

    7. Meh. I started reading it, put it down for a couple weeks, and then decided to finish it. It was confusing in the beginning. I was kind of annoyed trying to figure out where the plot was going. I finally got into the story and then it felt rushed at the end.

    8. "It was the simple things that undid her, Annalisse had discovered. Something as ordinary as the scent of lilacs when the air was heavy, a brief measure of Tchaikovsky, or a dream. A dream like the one she’d awakened from last night—so real she could smell the Paris Metro in it. Any of these things could revive in a moment the memories she’d spent the last six years burying. They crept under the leaden shield around her heart and found the small, secret place where she still had feeling."F [...]

    9. Pieces of Paris explores important questions: what do you do when you discover crucial unknowns about yourself, your spouse, your lives, and what you control and what you don’t--and what you can do about it? Annalisse and Dennis Childs have been married for about four years when their worlds start to fall apart--Annalisse because of flashbacks (complete with disturbing emotions) to a past she has concealed from herself and her husband; Dennis because his wife is obviously having problems she c [...]

    10. Every marriage is a web of complication with many aspects that go into weaving the fine interlocking threads. Our genetic makeup as well as our childhood years and past relationships combine to create the role we play in the give and take of a marital relationship.When we first meet our spouses-to-be, we might be wearing rose-colored glasses so to speak. We might fall in love with the person we “think” they are. We might share our backgrounds, including our past relationships, but none of ou [...]

    11. This is the first book I have read by G.G. Vandagriff though I've met her briefly a couple of times at Authorpalooza events. So first off, special thanks to her and Shadow Mountain for letting me take a sneak peek at her newest novel for women. Told through the eyes of a married couple and from two alternate points of view, Pieces of Paris opens with Annalisse, a woman in her twenties, living on a farm in the Ozarks. She is pregnant with her second child and suddenly finds herself being haunted [...]

    12. This author is great at bringing real life issues to the surface of fictional characters. The characters are so life like and easy to relate to. Annalisse is a farm girl, who has exceptional talents in biology and in music. She meets Jules, a talented violinist who convinces her to explore her piano talent in Europe and his need for her to be with him there. She resists at first but decides to go to Venice and try out his prediction of a future as a pianist. His prediction is correct and her tal [...]

    13. I'm having a hard time rating this one. I'd give it 2 1/2 stars but am rounding it up to 3. I really like this author's regency romance novels and feel like she is a really good writer. This book just didn't do it for me. There were way too many stereotypes in this book. Southern Republicans are not all ignorant and prejudice. I can see having a few people in the town who are like this, but it seemed like the whole town was portrayed in this way. There was also the cliché evil chemical corp. th [...]

    14. I was really torn between "did not like it" and "it was okay".This is the second book of Vandagriff that I have read. If I remember the author's story accurately she suffered a serious memory trauma (its been years since I read it sorry, and I'm too lazy/tired to look it up). I feel the horrible need to finish stories, I have to know how the story ends, I become the character so quickly into my reading I have to finish the journey. For these two reasons I kept reading. The author speaks with an [...]

    15. G G Vandagriff spins a tale of secrets and unresolved issues and their effects on a marriage.Annalisse and Dennis have been married for four years. They have a son and are expecting a daughter. Annalisse begins to have flashbacks of her life with Jules in Vienna and Paris. She has never told Dennis about Jules and fears that it is too late, that he will never forgive her for her deception.Dennis has his own issues. When things get tough he runs away. He is running for political office and uncove [...]

    16. G.G. Vandagriff does not disappoint at all in her most recent book "Pieces of Paris" Once again, she transports us into a world of today's reality in people, places and politics. Her characters Annalisse and Dennis are beautifully written and tug at the heartstrings, leaving the reader wanting nothing but the best that life can provide for them and wanting them to be in the end of the novel in a world of happily ever-after. The smooth transitions between the past and the here and now ties the st [...]

    17. This book focused a lot on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which is something I don't know much about and find a little bit hard to understand. I've never known anyone to go through that. I read another book that had a character with that and it was so over the top I think it left me a bit of eye rolling. I read at the end that the author experienced some of this herself. I always appreciate books where you know the author really felt those emotions and literally left a piece of themselves in the [...]

    18. Annalisse and Dennis have been married for four years and are awaiting the birth of their second child; when Annalisse starts having flashbacks of her college years and can't seem to think of anything else she is scared and wants to be a good wife and mother but her past seems to be holding her back. Could their be two Annalisse's can she some how connect the two so that she can put herself back together.I wasn't sure about this book as I was reading it, I found myself getting upset at both Anna [...]

    19. Though I appreciate that this is a cathartic piece and an expression of the author's faith, it didn't quite work. The main characters' lives are primarily dull and angst-ridden, with only the flashback chapters and the ending to liven it up. Their religious epiphanies felt more like object lessons than story flow. I think Ms. Vandagriff is a very fine writer (Authurian Omen is amazing), but I would have much prefered the non-fiction version of her ordeal. 2.5 stars

    20. My favorite thing about Pieces of Paris is the way Annalise and her husband Dennis are both deep, rounded characters. They both have problems. They both have pasts. They are both good people facing painful challenges, and they both struggle and grow. Great character development! I didn’t get much done the morning when I was finishing the book because I was eager to find out how it ended. Pieces of Paris is a compelling, multi-layered novel.

    21. Really liked this book; it became more and more compelling as I read, and I think she did a terrific job showing the damage that PTSD can do, and an equally terrific job showing how one woman got through it. (view spoiler)[ I loved that the heroine and her husband worked through all their disillusionment and came back together in the end. I really like happy endings. This one is happy AND realistic. (hide spoiler)]

    22. It was an interesting story. to think that someone could sublimate (sp?) a part of themselves for a period of years and then have it rise to the surface.The ending was a little to clean - or too quickly wrapped up. The issue of the contamination is left hanging. Yes, it looks like things are going to work out, but I would have liked a bit better wrap up on that issue - I know it's the scientist in me.

    23. I was initially turned off by this book, and I'm not sure why. None of the characters were believable to me I think. But it got much better near the end, and maybe that's just part of the whole thing, that they weren't really being themselves at first. I did like how she addressed the mental health issues. The political issues were annoying to me, too many stereotyped characters. Nice ending.

    24. It was a light quick read, but dealt with some pretty heavy topics-gangs, bipolar, ptsd. The author seemed to be wanting to put in a lot, but the reader wasn't given much information; there was always a secret, that was discovered in the end. I enjoyed reading it, but wanted a little more story development. It didn't leave me with a WoW impression

    25. This book was loaned to me by Cathy Stensen. It was a quick read and an interesting story about a couple who found they really didn't know each othera big section of the wife's past was never shared and began to affect her. It included the decision the husband faced to disclose a situation of toxic waste and the damage that was done because of it. Not a must-read, but enjoyable.

    26. An interesting book. I felt that the writing was somewhat disjointed, and I didn't love the main characters-they lacked integrity, and ambition. I did enjoy the writing about a concert pianist's connection with her music, and how she could express herself through music. A decent book, but certainly not my fave.

    27. This is one of those times that I wish I could add a half star. Over all I really enjoyed this book. There were parts though that didn't gel for me. The story is about a married couple who have not come to terms with their past while trying to navigate the present.

    28. This was definitely a more introspective book with a lot of religious undertones. It has made me want to be better and more dedicated to improving and not wasting my own piano talents. I'm just glad everything resolved itself otherwise it would have been a quite depressing book.

    29. This was pretty good. It was about a woman who is married and expecting their second child. She starts have flashbacks and recurring nightmares and her Dr. helps her realize she is suffering PTSD (Post traumatic stress disease).

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