Where The Paris Wife meets Moulin Rouge, A Paris
Apartment is a rich and colorful debut painted with heart and humor against the backdrop of Paris during its Gilded Age.
When April Vogt's boss tells her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit ninth arrondissement apartment, the Sotheby's continental furniture specialist does not hear the words "dust" or "rats" or "shuttered for seventy years." She hears Paris. She hears escape.
Once in France, April quickly learns the apartment is not merely some rich hoarder's repository. Beneath the dust and 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. And then there are letters and journals written by the woman in the painting, documents showing she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable decolletage. Suddenly it's no longer about the bureau plats and Louis style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction.
It's about a life. Two lives, actually.
With the help of a salty (and annoyingly sexy) Parisian solicitor and the courtesan's private documents, April tries to uncover the secrets buried in the apartment. As she digs into one woman's life, April can't help but take a deeper look into her own. When the two things she left bubbling back in the States begin to boil over, April starts to wonder whether she'll ever find - in the apartment, or in her life - just what she's looking for.
"A Paris Apartment winds between past and present, between two passionate women and their lives, loves and fortunes. Informed and assured, debut author Gable's prose is fresh and emotionally complex. Glimpses into Parisian life, the arts, and the high end antiquities trade are piquant accents to an exceptional mystery." - National bestselling author Sophie Littlefield
"The women's fiction world is lucky to welcome Michelle Gable to its ranks. In A Paris Apartment, Gable deftly weaves romance, mystery, past and present into a wonderful page-turner that will have readers clamoring for her next book." Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times-bestselling author
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Rated of 5
Jan C. (San Antonio, TX)
Paris works its magic!
Could not put this book down! Two stories at once! What a bargain! April is the "furniture" expert for an auction company. As she discovers treasures in the apartment which has been shuttered for 70 years, she also discovers journals of the woman who owned the apartment. The journalist comes alive for April, giving her a passion for the just how the treasures should be auctioned. As her stay in Paris progresses she comes to terms with her own marriage and life in New York and discovers a new kind of relationship with the handsome Parisian solicitor. Thoroughly enjoyed the author's knowledge of the auction world, antiques and the Belle Epoque era. A great read.
Michelle Gable graduated from The College of William & Mary. When not dreaming up fiction on the sly, she currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California, with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat. This is her first novel. To learn more, visit www.michellegable.com
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