October 1, 2014

A Paris Giveaway by Michelle Gable - Review and Giveaway


I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable
ISBN: 9781250048738
Hardcover

Synopsis: Bienvenue √† Paris!

When April Vogt’s boss tells her about an apartment in the ninth arrondissement that has been discovered after being shuttered for the past seventy years, the Sotheby’s continental furniture specialist does not hear the words “dust” or “rats” or “decrepit.” She hears Paris. She hears escape.
Once in France, April quickly learns the apartment is not merely some rich hoarder’s repository. Beneath the cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a goldmine, and not because of the actual gold (or painted ostrich eggs or mounted rhinoceros horns or bronze bathtub). First, there’s a portrait by one of the masters of the Belle Epoque, Giovanni Boldini. And then there are letters and journals written by the very woman in the painting, Marthe de Florian. These documents reveal that she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable decolletage. Suddenly April’s quest is no longer about the bureaux plats and Louis-style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction. It’s about discovering the story behind this charismatic woman.

It’s about discovering two women, actually.

With the help of a salty (and annoyingly sexy) Parisian solicitor and the courtesan’s private diaries, April tries to uncover the many secrets buried in the apartment. As she digs into Marthe’s life, April can’t help but take a deeper look into her own. Having left behind in the States a cheating husband, a family crisis about to erupt, and a career she’s been using as the crutch to simply get by, she feels compelled to sort out her own life too. When the things she left bubbling back home begin to boil over, and Parisian delicacies beyond flaky p√Ętisseries tempt her better judgment, April knows that both she and Marthe deserve happy finales.

Whether accompanied by croissants or champagne, this delectable debut novel depicts the Paris of the Belle Epoque and the present day with vibrant and stunning allure. Based on historical events, Michelle Gable’sA Paris Apartment will entertain and inspire, as readers embrace the struggles and successes of two very unforgettable women. 

My review: I enjoyed this book from page one. Another book I could not put down. This book had a little history and a little romance all rolled together - two of my favorite things. I think it would be cool to open an apartment after being closed up so long, can you imagine what you would find. Michelle did a good job with character development and describing the settings. I feel as if she did a good job with her research to get everything just right. I felt as if I was right along side April as she was reading Marthe's journal. After reading this book it makes me want to go to Paris even more than I already did if that is possible. I look forward to more books by this author. 

PRAISE FOR A PARIS APARTMENT

“With its well-developed, memorable characters and the author’s skillful transitioning between story lines…this stunning and fascinating debut will capture the interest of a wide audience but particularly those interested in stories about women behind famous men like Melanie Benjamin’s The Aviator’s Wife or Nancy Horan’s Under the Wide and Starry Sky. Highly recommended.” –Library Journal (starred review)
“A charming read about a fascinating history and the woman behind it.” –Historical Novel Society

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Michelle Gable is a writer and also a mom, wife, financial executive, sports-obsessed maniac (Go Chargers! Go Aztecs!),
Southern California native, barre class fiend, tennis player, and card-carrying member of the Chickasaw Nation.
She grew up in sunny San Diego and attended The College of William & Mary,
where she majored in accounting as most aspiring writers do.
Throughout a career that started in public accounting and then moved to private equity, then investment banking,
and ultimately to the head of FP&A for a publicly-traded software company, Michelle continued to write. And write and write.
Her first novel was released on April 22, 2014, her second scheduled for Spring 2016.
Michelle currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California, with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat.
Visit her website. Follow her on Facebook, and Twitter 


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7 comments:

  1. thanks for your nice review, glad you liked it. I could not put it down either, what a great novel!

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  2. Thank you so much for your kind review - so glad you enjoyed the journey! Thanks for sharing it with your readers.

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  3. The Paris Architect. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. No I haven't. I love Paris though.

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  5. Midnight Train to Paris by Juliet Sobanet

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  6. the book seems really interesting

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