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 de 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 strange developments, Cat is left with burning questions: Who 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.
Sissy: I stayed up late one night finishing this novel and then looking up the real life story and photos of the Paris apartment depicted in the story. That is your first clue, dear reader, that Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey is worth your time. I got so caught up in the delicious mystery of the abandoned Belle Epoque era flat–who was Marthe De Florian, why did granddaughter Isabelle flee Paris and never return, and why did she maintain the payments for the apartment for so many years without telling a soul?–that I completely lost track of time. The descriptions of the apartment are thoroughly captivating, as are the actual photos which can be seen by clicking on the teaser photo below.
Bubby: I did exactly the same thing! My husband actually rolled over in bed at one point (sometime around 2 a.m.) and asked me to please put the Kindle away or leave the bedroom. So I put the Kindle away. The sacrifices I make for my man! There was so much going on in this story and I had so many questions, right up until the aha! moment when suddenly everything makes sense. And the ending is so sweet.
Sissy: Let’s talk about Loic, the Frenchman who is the actual descendant of Marthe De Florian in this story. Loic, the man who was “so strikingly handsome that she (Cat) felt a little frisson, a buzz that almost compelled her toward him”.
Bubby: Put some chocolate on that croissant and I’d eat it for lunch! Sorry. Is that inappropriate?
Sissy: Um, I don’t know. That got weird fast. I don’t know if I should laugh or be appalled! (I laughed) Cat is very much engaged to the charming Christian and so what does that “little frisson” mean? Maybe she just needs some chocolate croissant? I know I do right now.
Bubby: I just love Loic’s family. His warm and loving mama, who is sure that this whole situation has come about just so Cat and Loic can meet and his feisty, tell-it-like-it-is sister are just such great characters. So well written!
Sissy: As Loic (you know, we have no idea how to pronounce that…oh just kidding. Google says it’s Low-eeek. Tre French) and Cat traipse around rural France trying to solve the mystery of the apartment and the bequest, I could imagine myself following along in their cobblestone footsteps, drinking in the whole of the French culture, and becoming engrossed in the riddle. Ella Carey’s descriptions were magnifique. You might say I “felt a little frisson, a buzz that almost compelled (me) toward (France)”. In the absence of a plane ticket to The Continent I’ll just have to be content waiting for Ms. Carey’s second novel.
Bubby: Wouldn’t it be fabulous to read those packets of love letters that were found in the Paris apartment? Stacks of them, all color-coded with satin ribbons; a different color for each suitor. I think I have a love letter somewhere. Maybe. Sigh. All I can say is that I sure hope Ella Carey writes quickly. I need more deliciousness from her right away!
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