Bienvenue 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 deFlorian. These documentsreveal that she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable decolletage. 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 manysecrets 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 thethings she left bubbling back home begin to boil over, and Parisian delicacies beyond flaky ptisseries 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 BelleEpoque and the present day with vibrant and stunning allure. Based on historical events, MichelleGable's A Paris Apartment will entertain and inspire, as readers embrace the struggles and successes of two very unforgettable women....
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A Paris Apartment Reviews
I went to the library looking for the author's newest book, which they did not have in stock, and saw this one and thought I'd give it a try. What a delight! It's so nice to have no expectations for or knowledge of a book and come away completely surprised and happy.
I enjoyed this book so much. It's not a deep novel but completely pleasant. It delves hundreds of years into Paris's past and surrounds you with detailed descriptions by way of journal entries. I enjoy historical fiction and like whe ...more
Not only did I love this book in and of itself, but the fact that it is the debut novel of my childhood friend made it that much more fun and exciting to read.
What a fantastic "escape" to Paris through the eyes of a modern-day Sotheby's furniture expert and also through the journals of a famous "demimondaine" of the Belle Epoque era. The story goes back and forth between the two time periods and both stories are well done.
This book is extremely well-researched and beautifully written. You would ...more
Loved this book by my talented friend Michelle Gable! AMAZING that this smart, finance executive is such a gifted novelist too.
You have probably heard about the real Paris apartment on which this book was based, which was closed up for over 70 years and stuffed with valuable art and antiques. This book is a fictionalized tale of how that apartment came to be. The strengths of this book are the character development (April & Marthe in particular), the full immersion in both modern day and 19t ...more
It was 4.5 for but loved the whole last third/half so much that I round up. It didn't grab me in the beginning, not to say I didn't like it but it wasn't until mid way that I needed to know more. It is a very real book. I really love reading a book and feeling that I learned something; a new point of view, an empathy for someone I wouldn't normally empathize and an understanding of a perspective different from what I may initially think or feel. Refreshing in many ways. Great read.
This book was a disappointment to me. I adored the concept--an apartment is found in Paris that hasn't been opened for 70 years, and a furniture curator from New York gets to go spend a month there, going through it, working with Sotheby's to put together an auction for the heirs. Journals are discovered in the apartment, written by the former occupant, and the book is told from two points of view--the owner of the things and the cataloger of the things. And, oh, set in Paris of the late 1800s a ...more
Горе-долу откакто бях на петнадесет твърдо вярвам, че всяко момиче трябва да поживее в Париж. Едва ли има друг европейски град (не казвам световен, защото по света все пак има градове като Ню Йорк, Лос Анджелис, Хонг Конг, Токио и Сингапур), който да е толкова свързан със себепознаването и израстването в чисто личностен план. Париж е обещание – там никой не е обикновен, самотен или нещастен. Париж е заклинание – в момента, в който се озовеш в магическите му очертания, ти се преобразяваш. Ставаш ...more
Just really didn't like the characters, which kept me from liking or caring about what happened to them. Loved the premise and looked up Marthe de Florian after reading this book. Such an interesting life she would have lived. I hadn't known about her apartment being locked for 70 years, which I can only imagine what that apartment must have held. Unfortunately, this book just didn't hold my interest. The word provenance was used entirely way too much, very quickly became annoying. April was als ...more
Only made it about halfway through, with effort, and tonight I stumbled into some pretty clumsy writing and refused to spend more time on it. How is this book's average rating almost a 4? The premise of the story has appeal, but I feel like it's already been done, and much more skillfully.