Title: Paris Time Capsule
Author: Ella Carey
Published: August 22 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Books Australia
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Cultural – France, Mystery
Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
I cannot seem to quench my thirst for any book that features the beautiful city of Paris. When I scored myself a copy of Australian author Ella’s Carey’s novel Paris Time Capsule, I was over the moon. With an exquisite cover and a personally signed message from the author, I felt very spoilt to read this book before I started the opening chapter!
Paris Time Capsule begins with the disturbance of a mysterious apartment in Paris, which has remained untouched since World War II. In the present day, we meet Cat Jordan, a free spirited young lady who lives in New York, making a living from her photography. Cat receives a call out of the blue to advise that she is the sole benefactor of an apartment in central Paris, through a friend of her Grandmother. Unable to deal with the inheritance from New York, Cat must travel to Paris to claim her apartment. When she arrives in Paris, Cat receives the keys to the apartment and on opening it, she receives the shock of her life. The apartment is a testament to history, as it is exactly the same as it was when it was left during the war. Unsure of her connection to the woman who gifted her apartment and why it was left in such a way naturally intrigues Cat. As a result, she sets off on a journey of discovery that takes her away from Paris and into the south of France. The more Cat digs into the life of Isabelle de Florian, the essential link to the apartment, the more she drifts away from her life in New York. A connection with Isabelle’s grandson Loic complicates matters further for Cat. Matters of the heart and ensuring that the secrets held by this miraculous apartment are put to rest, is the central story of Paris Time Capsule.
The main concept that Paris Time Capsule is based on – a mysterious apartment the heart of in Paris that has been locked away for years, easily gained my full attention. I had high hopes of enjoying this book immensely due to the principal subject matter and location. Thankfully, Paris Time Capsule easily met my expectations. There is much to love about this book. The romantic main setting of the book is based in Paris (and a little in New York) and was described by the author in a way that made me feel like I was back in the city I love. Paris in the past, during the sequences involving Isabelle de florian’s story was described in beautiful period detail. I felt completely transported to the second world war in France, all thanks to the handiwork of author Ella Carey.
The characters featured in Paris Time Capsule were a delight. Carey makes it easy for us to enjoy the characters both in the past and present. In the present, I felt that Cat was a fitting main character to lead this book. Although we see her flaws, she transfers to the page as a kind and loyal person, determined to do right by those who come into her path. Cat is matched with a very appealing leading man, Loic and I had high hopes for Cat and Loic as a couple. Carey provides us with a heart rendering romance in the present day storyline that was completely satisfying. In the past narrative, the characters are just as appealing. I became swept up in the exciting life of Isabelle during the war, she was a full bodied character with a whole host of secrets. These secrets were an essential part of the character and the book itself, which worked to draw me further into this mesmerising tale.
Paris Time Capsule is a highly romantic and intriguing piece of fiction. This novel perfectly blends history together with an inspiring true to life tale of a lost apartment in Paris. It is a book that I feel privileged to have crossed my hands and I endorse it to all lovers of France, historical fiction and romance.
*With thanks to the author Ella Carey for a copy of this book which I won via a giveaway.
The Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey was published in August 2016 by Harlequin Books Australia, details on how to purchase the book can be found here.