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.
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"Vive le Paris apartment!" Booklist
"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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Michelle Gable is the New York Times Bestselling author of A Paris Apartment and I'll See You in Paris. She is also a mom, wife, investor relations executive, Chargers season ticketholder, tennis player, and card-carrying member of the Chickasaw Nation.
After growing up in San Diego, Michelle attended The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she majored in accounting as most aspiring writers do. She currently resides in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with her husband, two daughters, lazy cat, and one very bitey rabbit.
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