Yet another version of the history behind the discovery of an apartment in 9th arrondissement Paris that had been locked up since before onset of WW2 — and its famous (infamous) occupant Marthe de Florian
Antique furniture appraiser leaves her shaky marriage in the US to catalog a Paris apartment full of 1800s treasures. Finds an unknown painting by a famous artist, salacious diaries, and a charming Frenchman. A day late for #research, but came across this today and am really enjoying the dual storylines so far. Plus, chouquettes! (pic from Serious Eats) #QuotsyFeb19 @tk-421
This book was chosen by my book group. The concept was good and there were some fascinating facts about Victor Hugo‘s family, the artist Boldini and the life of a demimondaine in Paris of the late 1800s, but the link with the modern story seemed clumsy and over long . Finished it but wasn‘t really engaged.
The book winds between past and present, between two passionate women and their lives. Gable's writing is fresh and compelling, she weaves a romance and mystery into a page-turner.
Gable was inspired by the real find of Marthe de Florian‘s apartment in 2010, full of treasures untouched for seventy years. A charming read about a fascinating history and the woman behind it.
After I bailed on a book yesterday I realized that I was reading something by the same authors! This book. It DID take me over a month to get through this one. I think I was expecting it to have more of a Karen Swan vibe and it didn‘t. Still an okay book. Just not something that became a “must read” for me.
I have not been able to concentrate enough to really read over the last weeks. I‘ve tried but nothing has held my attention. My next attempt is this book... so far so good. And it‘s set in Paris, my dream place ❤️
This book captured my imagination...It takes the reader to a different time and place and alternatively leaves space for you to reflect on your own life. I couldn't wait to finish it so I could discover the whole story and am simultaneously sad because it's over. Well written and highly recommended!
I loved it. I cared so much, and I understood the feelings...and the characters, they cared so much for each other, and paid attention, and understood, and took care of each other. And the food! And the antique furniture! And Paris! Paris has never been my favorite, but while reading this book, I loved it. Such a success of writing. I didn't just read this, I lived it.
Good morning! I think I've finally settled on A Paris Apartment as my next read! I've been wanting to read this for ages, but I'd seen so many negative reviews, I was a bit leery to start it. #currentlyreading
My copy of this book has been loaned to a friend. It did not have this cover, but I thought this one was gorgeous! Based on a true story, a famous courtesan's Paris apartment is discovered unopened after seventy years. #brokedownpalace #junetunz
"He did just spell out the particulars of an incestuous menage a trois in the same breath he used to order wine."
Wow. The things you learn when reading. #itsfrench
Partly because I'm loving making collages & partly because of busy Sat; made my #AprilTBR yesterday. Then I popped in to library to get audio CD(Killed at the Whim of a Hat) for the old vehicle cause Bluetooth connector thingy quit working. Spotted beautiful cover of Paris Aparment and 'needed' as well. So now we are up 2 more. 🤓 #booknerdproblems Definitely #aprilbookshowers @RealLifeReading
I acquired both of these books recently and they're about the same thing! An apartment in Paris that was abandoned and left in its Belle Époque state for 70 years ? anyone have an opinion which I should start with??? Should I read the better one first? And which one is that??
I was surprised to learn that a shuttered Paris apartment full of Belle Époque furniture and paintings belonging to Marthe de Florian really did exist. While that inspiration for the novel was interesting, the interlocking Belle Époque and contemporary tales felt a little too shallow for me and I didn't particularly care for either main character. Not a waste of time, but not great.
The book contrasted the lives of 2 women in Paris during different periods of time.The mc, April, is a furniture appraiser for auction who has the chance to get to know the woman who owned the apartment through her journals. April is changed by what she learns about life, love and Paris. Enjoyed it.
I loved this! Fascinating look at the auction industry, mysterious apartment, swoonable French setting--everything here makes it a winner.