Even though I like to buy books as soon as they come out, I don’t always get around to reading them right away. And sometimes those books go a long time waiting to be read.
Other times, I don’t even hear about a book until years after it has been published. For whatever reason, that book suddenly crosses my path and I wonder why it took so long for us to find each other. This was the case with the book, A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable.
For a while now I have been obsessed with all things French. The language, the food, the fashion, and of course the city of Paris. Just last night my husband and I were talking and I said, “So what will we do with the dogs when we go to Paris?” To which he replied, “When are we going to Paris?!?” I told him that I was just trying to positively speak it into existence. Until that happens, I will have to do all of my travelings via wonderful books like A Paris Apartment.
April Vogt, who is a continental furniture specialist for Sotheby’s, is sent to Paris, France to access an apartment that hasn’t been opened in 70 years. Filled to the brim with rare and special finds, April is in heaven. But it isn’t until she finds the journals of the original inhabitant, a courtesan during the Belle Epoque period, that she discovers the what truly makes these items and the apartment special. While reading these journals, April deals with both her own past and present and while determined to find the courtesan’s happy ending, decides to fight for her own.
I would never characterize myself as a fast reader. Life and children have a way of slowing me down. That is why you know a book is REALLY GOOD when I finish it in two days. 372 pages in two days is probably some kind of record for me. I will admit, I didn’t get much done around the house and the errands had to wait. The book took precedence.
I loved my visit to Paris through the pages of the book. As I neared the end, I had the same sensation when you’re on a fabulous vacation that you don’t want to go home. I wanted to stay in Paris with April and all of the other colorful characters in this book. Thank goodness by the time I read this book, the author had already released her next novel, I’ll See You in Paris. I quickly ordered the book and will be excited to return to Paris soon.
This book would make for a great book club pick because there is so much to discuss. Some French wine and stinky cheese would all you would need to make discussing this book with your friends a total delight. Je recommande fortement! (I highly recommend!)
A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable
Published by Thomas Dunne Books April, 2014
Genre: Contemporary/Historical Fiction
Where I read: In the comfy chair in my bedroom where it was quiet
Stephenie’s Goodreads rating: 5 out of 5 stars