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The Lost Carousel of Provence: A Novel

The Lost Carousel of Provence: A Novel

Написано Juliet Blackwell

Озвучено Xe Sands


The Lost Carousel of Provence: A Novel

Написано Juliet Blackwell

Озвучено Xe Sands

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4.5/5 (7 оценки)
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10 hours
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Издано:
Sep 18, 2018
ISBN:
9781977380715
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Аудиокнига

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An artist lost to history, a family abandoned to its secrets, and the woman whose search for meaning unearths it all in a sweeping and expressive story from the New York Times best-selling author of Letters from Paris.

Long, lonely years have passed for the crumbling Château Clement, nestled well beyond the rolling lavender fields and popular tourist attractions of Provence. Once a bustling and dignified ancestral estate, now all that remains is the château's gruff, elderly owner and the softly whispered secrets of generations buried and forgotten.

But time has a way of exposing history's dark stains, and when American photographer Cady Drake finds herself drawn to the château and its antique carousel, she longs to explore the relic's shadowy origins beyond the small scope of her freelance assignment. As Cady digs deeper into the past, unearthing century-old photographs of the Clement carousel and its creators, she might be the one person who can bring the past to light and reunite a family torn apart.

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  • (4/5)
    I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Berkley Books) in exchange for an honest review. This was such a charming and quaint story!The book started off a bit slow. It took a while for the story to actually take shape and for the historical parts to start making sense (the book has dual storylines, one historical and the other contemporary). But once the main character, Cady, went to France, the story really took off and from there it was magnifique!I loved the way the author described France, particularly the small village Cady visited and the chateau she stayed at. From the scenery to the food to the carousel, she made it sound so enchanting and beautiful. I wish I was actually there! I also loved the little nods to the Bay Area. The author is from the San Francisco Bay Area (like me) and the main character is from Oakland. Anytime Cady would mention something about Oakland, I’d always think to myself, yup that’s so true. As for the characters, I loved them all, especially Fabrice, the owner of the chateau. He was such a mystery and I enjoyed unraveling his past. Overall, this is the perfect historical fiction and contemporary read for anyone who wants to spend time in a chateau in the French countryside.
  • (4/5)
    Orphan Cady Drake grew up in Oakland, in foster care and group homes, until, finally, stealing something from an antiques shop, or trying to, throws her into the path of Maxine, the antique store owner. Now Maxine has died, Cady has lost her unborn, accidental baby to a miscarriage, and even finding new photography assignments seems too much.

    Her only other friend, Olivia, is unwilling to leave it at that, though. Cady has an antique carousel rabbit Maxine gave her, believed to have been made by French sculptor and carousel maker, Gustave Bayol. Cady is fascinated by its past and by carousels, and suggests she go to France to photograph French carousels for a book on the history of carousels in France. And as it happens, she's already pitched the idea to a publisher her magazine works with. It's approved; Cady just has to agree.

    Cady is not initially enthusiastic, in part because she finds coping with people challenging in the best of circumstances, never mind in a foreign country where she knows no one, and her mastery of the language is imperfect. But she has no other plans, and has to do something...

    Her travels in France lead her to an architect whose family, early in the 20th century, bought their own carousel from Gustave Bayol. Then World War I, the aftermath of the war, the Depression, and World War II, seriously damaged the family's fortunes. Chateau Clement is in serious disrepair, occupied only by one old man, Fabrice Clement, grandson of the couple who bought the carousel. There's a huge rift between Fabrice and the descendants of his great-uncle, who think his grandmother was unfaithful, his father was illegitimate, and that they should have inherited the chateau.

    And there's also the question of what happened to the carousel, which no one has seen in a very long time.

    Jean-Paul, the architect, is a descendant of the other side of the family. He'd like to mend the rift, but Fabrice is distrustful. Cady, more than anyone in the Clement clan, understands Fabrice's distrust--and unexpectedly connects with him.

    But there are several family mysteries, the mystery of Cady's own carousel rabbit, a troubled teenager, and the tricky shoals of damaged people trying to connect. I like Cady, I like Jean-Paul, I like Fabrice. None of them are easy people.

    And interwoven with all this, we get glimpses of Cady's troubled childhood, and the life of a young woman from Bretagne, who, in 1900, defies custom to travel to the town of Angers on her own to seek to use the carving skills her father taught her to become an apprentice in Bayol's carousel factory. The stories all matter, and they are all compelling. People connect despite differences.

    I really enjoyed this book. Recommended.

    I received a free electronic galley from the publisher via NetGalley.
  • (4/5)
    Juliet Blackwell tells the story of Cady, present time, and the 1900’s in France using a dual timeline format. While it can sometimes get confusing which time you are reading, Juliet does an amazing job keeping the two storylines separate while weaving them together a little bit at a time. I liked finding out how Gus, the carousel rabbit, Cady, and the Clements would all come together. I wasn’t surprised at how it all ended up but I did enjoy seeing how it all worked out. Usually, I find myself connecting to a certain character or a certain storyline but with this one I was thrilled with the descriptions and the characters of the 1900’s. I am also curious about wartime living and many of the characters were active in the war efforts. The present storyline was just as amazing. The food Cady ate, the towns she visited, the carousels she photographed, and the people she met were alive to me. I could taste, see, and enjoy all that she did. I really enjoyed The Lost Carousel of Provence. I learned about the making of carousels and all the tedious precision work that goes into their making. There was enough fact that I felt informed but not overwhelmed with facts that I didn’t need or want to know. Pick up your own copy and travel to Paris, visit the carousels, eat the food, and meet the wonderful characters.
  • (5/5)
    Who wouldn’t want to go to Paris and photograph carousels? Cady was excited to head to Paris when she received the assignment especially since her interest in carousels had begun when she was a child and found Gus. Gus was a carved carousel rabbit with a secret Cady found hidden inside Gus when he accidentally broke open. The hidden secret had a story of its own, and turned into a mystery that haunted Cady to solve.Cady was used to mysteries and secrets since her childhood was spent in the foster system. She was moved from one foster home to another with no parents to be found. When she met Maxine and found Gus, though, they seemed to give her some stability and interest in antiques.THE LOST CAROUSEL OF PARIS follows Cady back and forth from her childhood to present day with the history behind the carousel rabbit marvelously added in as well.I enjoyed the history of European carousels and learning about a famous carousel maker Monsieur Gustave Bayol and his company in Angers, France.THE LOST CAROUSEL OF PARIS allows the reader to get a free trip to Paris and to experience the beautiful landscape and people of Southern France both present-day and past.This book will appeal to those who enjoy France, antiques, warm-hearted characters, the Provencal countryside, chateaus, and European history during WWII.A charming, heart-warming read. The characters were lovely, and the story line was creative, uplifting, and positive. France, carousels, lovable characters, and a marvelous story line. LOVED the book...ENJOY if you read it...I know you will. 5/5 This book was given to me free as an ARC. All opinions are my own.
  • (4/5)
    I love reading historical fiction and I love books that are set in France so this book was a perfect read for me. I have seen several of the carousels in Paris that the author mentions but I guess it's time for another trip to Paris to see the rest (don't I wish!)This is a dual time line story. The early story takes place in Avignon in the early 1900s where a carousel is being built at a chateau for a wealthy French couple. In the group who is assembling the carousel is a female apprentice who longs to be a carver but makes a mistake that could ruin her plans and her life. In the modern day story, Cady is an orphan from San Francisco who is at odds with her life until she gets a commission to take photos of the carousels in Paris for a book. She owns a piece of an old carousel and wants to find out more about it which takes her to the chateau where the carousel was located in the early 1900s. Fire and world wars have taken their toll on the original carousel but Cady is determined to find out more about it.I enjoyed this novel and both of the stories that were intertwined throughout and loved the way that they author tied them together at the end. If you enjoy historical fiction, you don't want to miss this book.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.