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Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey, review

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New York–based photographer Cat Jordan is ready to begin a new life with her successful, button-down boyfriend. But when she learns that she’s inherited the estate of a complete stranger—a woman named Isabelle de Florian—her life is turned upside down.

Cat arrives in Paris to find that she is now the owner of a perfectly preserved Belle Époque apartment in the ninth arrondissement, and that the Frenchwoman’s family knew nothing about this secret estate. Amid these strange developments, Cat is left with burning questions: Who was Isabelle de Florian? And why did she leave the inheritance to Cat instead of her own family?

As Cat travels France in search of answers, she feels her grasp on her New York life starting to slip. With long-buried secrets coming to light and an attraction to Isabelle de Florian’s grandson growing too intense to ignore, Cat will have to decide what to let go of, and what to claim as her own.


Paris Time Capsule is Ella Carey’s imagined scenario about a real Paris apartment that had been untouched since the 1940s and was recently discovered and opened for the first time.  It’s an interesting idea and for the most part, I did enjoy the book.

It’s a fast read and Ella Carey is a great writer – this is her debut novel, so bravo to her!  The writing style made it easy to read and I finished it quickly.  Her descriptions of Paris and other places around France AND the descriptions of the apartment were excellent and I could see everything through Cat’s eyes.  The characters were interesting and I enjoyed the back story on the apartment and the women involved in it.

The problems I did have with the book stem from the characters.  I didn’t see enough development and therefore, I found it hard to care about them.    On top of that, the connections the characters had with each other was almost too instantaneous.  There was no growth in the relationships to make them seem real.

That being said, I would gladly read another book by this author.

*I was given an e-copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*


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