Trans­port your­self to these en­thralling Euro­pean set­tings


Spe­cial to the Whig

Still feel­ing like a book worm af­ter fin­ish­ing your sum­mer read­ing list? Try one of these im­mer­sive nov­els. A Paris Apart­ment

By Michelle Gable An­tiques, art, cafes, the past, the present; all in a French set­ting. Need I say more?

Af­ter read­ing Michelle Gable’s “A Paris Apart­ment,” I truly felt like I’d vis­ited the city of lights and ro­mance. French lan­guage pep­pered the novel, com­ple­ment­ing an oc­ca­sional salty topic or two.

The pro­tag­o­nist, a Sotheby’s fur­ni­ture spe­cial­ist named April, flees to France from the United States to not only sort through the fu­ture auc­tion items but to sort through her own life. April un­cov­ers hid­den se­crets of a demi­mondaine — her gentle­men call­ers, her art, her an­tiques and her pri­vate jour­nals. She be­comes more and more en­tranced with Marthe’s apart­ment and aber­rant life with ev­ery journal she reads. (A fas­ci­nat­ing fact: the apart­ment in the book re­ally ex­isted.)

April in­creas­ingly be­comes un­sure if she wants to re­turn to her own life back in the states or to con­tinue liv­ing in Paris, caught in the beauty of the city and the es­cape from a dif­fi­cult mar­riage. Even­tu­ally, in this Paris apart­ment she gains in­tro­spec­tion into the fam­ily mend­ing needed back home. The suc­cesses and the strug­gles bring these two fas­ci­nat­ing women to­gether, April and Marthe, though a cen­tury apart.

If you like this book, try one of these sim­i­lar reads: I’ll See You in Paris

By Michelle Gable Michelle Gable’s new­est book, “I’ll See You in Paris,” was pub­lished in Fe­bru­ary to solid ac­claim. It’s based on the life of Gla­dys Spencer-Churchill, the Duchess of Marl­bor­ough, and one young woman’s quest to un­der­stand her many years af­ter Spencer-Churchill’s death. The novel is both a love story and a mys­tery, and it ends with a twist that’s de­signed to leave you search­ing for more. Our Souls at Night

By Kent Haruf If “I’ll See You in Paris” is still not enough to quench your in­domitable drive to read, con­sider pick­ing up Kent Haruf’s last novel, “Our Souls at Night,” which was pub­lished in 2015, sev­eral months af­ter his 2014 death. The story fol­lows two lonely in­di­vid­u­als — one a widow, the other a wid­ower — and per­son­ally in­volves the reader in both their plea­sures and pains. The Sum­mer Be­fore

the War By He­len Si­mon­son It’s 1914 in the coastal town of Rye in East Sus­sex. Med­i­cal stu­dent Hugh Grange is vis­it­ing his Aunt Agatha, who has made a con­tro­ver­sial move to re­place the town’s Latin mas­ter with a woman. That woman, Beatrice Nash, is un­ex­pect­edly at­trac­tive and highly in­tel­li­gent, and she ar­rives just as the golden sum­mer is about to give way to one of hu­man­ity’s dark­est wars.

For more in­for­ma­tion, ti­tle avail­abil­ity and read­ing rec­om­men­da­tions, please visit the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary’s web­site at ce­, face­­cil­coun­ty­pub­li­cli­brary, call 410-9965600 or stop by any branch.

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