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ISBN: 9781605421261

Plum Blossoms in Paris

by: Sarah Hina

Daisy Lockhart is a searcher. She just doesn’t know it yet.

Burdened with an unlikely name by her father, a preeminent Henry James scholar, Daisy is a tightly wound grad student on her way to fulfilling the American dream. When her boyfriend breaks up with her, though, Daisy succumbs to the vertigo of uncertainty for the first time in a scripted life.

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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. Book clubs with ten or more members are invited to schedule her attendance, via Skype or speaker phone, at one of their meetings.

Write to Sarah.Hina@gmail.com for all requests.

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Daisy Lockhart is a searcher. She just doesn’t know it yet.

Burdened with an unlikely name by her father, a preeminent Henry James scholar, Daisy is a tightly wound grad student on her way to fulfilling the American dream. When her boyfriend breaks up with her, though, Daisy succumbs to the vertigo of uncertainty for the first time in a scripted life.

Embracing the plunge, Daisy flees. Her namesake chose Rome; Daisy Lockhart settles on the celestial city: Paris.

There, Daisy finds a soft landing in the arms of Mathieu. An impassioned writer, Mathieu has been rocked by the recent death of his mother, who left him for her American dream when he was a boy. Reeling from the loss, he latches onto Daisy with a fierce commitment that exhilarates, and suffocates, her.

Over a golden autumn day, Daisy and Mathieu clash over religion, art, Iraq, food, the metaphysical possibilities of a good shoe, and the murky memories tunneling up from their pasts. Dancing along a razor’s edge of desire and discretion, the lovers lie to one another in minor and meaningful ways, until finally the deceptions and passion explode.

Torn between her blossoming love for Mathieu and the family and dreams she’s left behind, Daisy must discover if the flickering flame of her self can survive the vacuum of this brilliant, difficult man, who will always take her breath away.

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ISBN: 9781605421261
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2010
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"Plum Blossoms in Paris is a feast for the senses, filled with all the magic of Paris, and everything else a reader could want--heartache, adventure, romance, lost art treasure and enough surprises to keep the pages turning. A true vacation for the mind--and the heart. I loved every moment of it." ~ Susan Wiggs, The New York Times Best-Selling Author of Fireside, Summer at Willow Lake, and The Horsemaster’s Daughter (December 2009) “When a spunky American and a charming Frenchman, both fleeing painful pasts, collide in Paris, a headlong romance is inevitable. But what’s a girl to do next? In Plum Blossoms in Paris, author Sarah Hina serves up a delicious, intricate, up-and-down love story seasoned with generous dollops of passion, philosophy, and wry humor.” ~ Noelle Sickels, Author of The Medium, Walking West, and The Shopkeeper’s Wife “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. . . . The writing itself is imbued with a stylish sense of wit.” ~ John Charles, Booklist Reviews (June 2010) “Metaphors, similes, and literary references abound in this ornately written novel of self-discovery.” ~ Suzie Remilien, Library Journal (June 2010) “Readers will be ‘pulled’ into this book almost immediately. The author has done a first-rate job with her descriptive passages. . . . After this one, folks, you'll want to run—not walk—to the first available ticket agent and ‘disappear’ into the sumptuous Parisian world.” ~ Night Owl Romance (July 1, 2010) “I loved this book. It's very witty. Very smart, yet carefree and adventurous as well.” ~ Debbie Lester, Debbie’s Book Bag (August 4, 2010) “Plum Blossoms in Paris is a debut novel rich in art and literature.” ~ Joan Burton, BookLoons Reviews (August 2010) “Plum Blossoms in Paris is a charming romance and coming-of-age tale. Highly recommended.” ~ James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review (September 201