Every now and then, I get asked to review a book by TLC book tours, which is my favorite book touring company because they promote some amazing books. Both The Spymistriss and Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker were given to me through TLC tours. So, when they gave me a copy of Paris Time Capsule to review, I was happy to accept!
I was a little hesitant to accept this book because it’s set in Paris. I typically don’t share the French love that many people have, perhaps because my husband has French roots and he gets on my nerves every dang day. 🙂 (seriously though, my husband is the best)
But I wanted something new, so I accepted, and as usual, the book is amazing.
New York-based photographer Cat Jordan is ready to begin a new life with her successful, button-down boyfriend. But when she learns that she’s inherited the estate of a complete stranger—a woman named Isabelle do Florian—her life is turned upside down.
Cat arrives in Paris to find that she is now the owner of a perfectly preserved Belle Époque apartment in the ninth arrondissement, and that the Frenchwoman’s family knew nothing about this secret estate. Amid these strand developments, Cat is left with burning questions: What was Isabelle de Florian? And why did she leave the inheritance to Cat instead of her own family?
As Cat travels France in search of answers, she feels her grasp on her New York life starting to slip. With long-buried secrets coming to light and an attraction to Isabelle de Florian’s grandson growing too intense to ignore, Cat will have to decide what to let go of, and what to claim as her own.
I chose to read this book because it has a blend of everyday experiences, romance, and mystery. When I read the book, I felt transported to another place, but it was a place that made me happy. It is just the sort of book I want to read to de-stress and feel relaxed. It felt like a vacation I could hold in my hand, all for the low-low cost of not having to pay to go to France.
The story was quirky and fun, the characters were relatable, and the book was enjoyable to read from start to finish. It was a bit on the long side, but I found the writing charming enough to overlook the slightly lengthier read.
If you love romantic adventures, don’t miss this book!
About Ella Carey
Ella Carey is a writer and a Francophile who can almost claim Paris as her second home.
She has learned French since she was five and has degrees in music, majoring in classical piano, and in arts, majoring in modern European history and nineteenth-century literature.
Writing has always been Ella’s real passion, but she has worked in various other guises. As an emerging author, Ella has had her work published in The Review of Australian Fiction.
She has traveled to France more than a dozen times and drew on her many experiences there when writing Paris Time Capsule. Ella knew straight away that the fascinating true story of the abandoned apartment was a perfect fit for her, with its blend of history; impossible, decaying romance; and mystery–not to mention Paris.
Ella released Paris Time Capsule as an indie book in 2014, and it rose to number 10 on Amazon in the US. This revised and extended edition is now released with Lake Union Publishing. A feature film screenplay version of the book is in development.
In her spare time, Ella walks her dogs along the beach, speaks her particular sort of Franglais whenever she can, reads, loves to visit art museums and collects every beautiful book on Paris that she can possibly find.
She is hard at work on her second novel, which is also set in Paris. Ella lives with her two children and two noble Italian greyhounds, which are constantly mistaken for whippets.
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