Mary Davis has been a widow for two years. She and her daughter, Liz, have both been dealing with their own grief in different ways. After Mary finds information on an old flame in France, she wonders if it is possible to have a future with him. Liz is more and more like Sam every day; he left her in charge of the foundation because she is a no nonsense, hard-working woman. When Liz finds out her mother has gone to Paris, she thinks her mother has slipped over the edge.
When Jean-Marc receives Mary’s letter, asking him to meet her in Paris on Christmas, his first reaction is to tear up the letter and not go. He never wanted to go back to Paris after Mary betrayed him and married Sam, but maybe this would be a good time to go and see Mary again.
When Liz and her intended show up in Paris, Mary is both elated and tense. She wonders if she and Liz can breach the gap between them and become close again. She is also concerned her secret will be uncovered, the one she has kept to herself for almost 30 years.
As usual, Stephanie Grace Whitson has written a wonderful book. I was pleased to see there will be a sequel to A Garden in Paris, titled A Hilltop in Tuscany; this will be Liz’s story. If you have read any of Ms. Whitson’s books, you will enjoy this one as well.