A Paris Apartment

A Paris Apartment

eBook - 2014
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Now with an excerpt of Michelle's new book, I'll See You in Paris! Bienvenue à 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 décolletage. 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 pâtisseries 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's A Paris Apartment will entertain and inspire, as readers embrace the struggles and successes of two very unforgettable women.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781466849624
Characteristics: 1 online resource (378 pages) : genealogical table


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Apr 20, 2018

The story is supposed to be about April finding out more about the owner of the antiquities she is appraising. But it's more about her indecisiveness about her husband/marriage and a man she met. I only finished it because it was for a Book Club.

Sep 23, 2017

An interesting story that I presume is based on some historical truth. Seems that many authors these days are writing in the alternating past and present mode. In a city like Paris it makes for a good story. If you don't read any French however you might want to have your Google translation window up! But the occasional French phrase adds an element of authenticity.

Aug 13, 2017

I loved this book...especially because I love Paris and antiques. A great way to tell a possible story behind an actual occurrence.

Mar 03, 2016

Enjoyable, especially if you like history, Paris or furniture.


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