Transport yourself to these enthralling European settings
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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.
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