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To Capture What We Cannot Keep

by Beatrice Colin

To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin
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    Nov 2016, 304 pages

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Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young Scottish widow and a French engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love.

To Capture What We Cannot Keep is a fascinating historical fiction novel set against the backdrop of the construction of the Eiffel Tower. There, one of Gustav Eiffel's chief engineers and architects for the tower, Émile Nouguier, becomes involved with Mrs. Caitriona (Cait) Wallace. Cait is a young widow, employed as the chaperone for Alice and Jamie, the niece and nephew of the renowned Scottish engineer William Arrol, while they are abroad.

Boiled down to its barest parts, this book borders on the romance genre. In fact, all of the main characters seem to get involved in one relationship or another (or after another, as the case may be). There's no shortage of intrigues and scandals and secrets, as well as a few scenes taking place in the bedroom. However, Beatrice Colin carefully skirts around all of this, and remains safely within the literary, historical fiction genre ...

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