Title: Paris Time Capsule
Author: Ella Carey
Published: May 26, 2015 by Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Romance, Mystery
Stars: 5 Content Rating: Clean
Synopsis: 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.
I have been so absorbed by this story. I couldn’t put this book down. I tried. I really did. I had things to do and I just couldn’t get this story out of my mind. I wanted to know what happened! Especially since I read The House by the Lake first. That explained some things but then also left me with many questions about Isabella de Florian and what had happened to her. 1930’s Paris must have been quite the scene.
This story starts out with Cat. Normal, ordinary Cat, who loves photography and vintage things. She receives a package in the mail and one thing leads to another and finds herself in Paris looking at an apartment that was left to her. She can not figure out the connection. Why would this apartment be left to her and not to Isabella de Florian’s relatives. Her very handsome grandson, Loic, is also there and upset that he knew nothing of this apartment. What secrets was his Grandmother keeping?
Since sorting everything else takes some time and Cat wants answers she stays longer in Paris. Her boyfriend is super rich. His family is the summer in the Hamptons kind of rich with all the right connections. You can tell their relationship is one-sided but when he proposes Cat says, ‘yes’.
As Cat and Loic work together and bring in professionals to catalogue the apartment they find out about the past. One clue leads to another and Cat is determined to find the reason Isabella de Florian never went back to Paris and never confided to her family about her past.
I love how easily Cat falls in love with Paris. The culture and language. She immediately feels right at home. Her chemistry with Loic and his family. Her determination to uncover the truth and in the end to be herself. I really enjoyed uncovering this mystery.