Friday, May 22, 2015

Paris Time Capsule

I just finished an intriguing tale called the Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey.  The year is 2010 and starts in Brooklyn, New York.  Cat Jordan is a photographer at a local studio.  She loves all things vintage especially clothes.  She wears vintage fashions much to the dismay of her boyfriend, Christian.  Christian is rich and the opposite of her controlling father (Christian controls in a different way).

 Cat Jordan receives a package and letter from an attorney in Paris.  Inside is a beautiful old key and a letter.   Cat’s grandmother, Virginia Brooke was the inheritor of the estate of Isabelle de Florian.  Virginia Brooke passed away in 1978 and Cat’s mother, Bonnie, in 2003, which left the entire estate to Cat.  When Cat talks to the lawyer, Monsieur Gerard Lapointe, he insists that Cat has to come to Paris.  

Cat arrives in Paris and discovers she has inherited an apartment.  When she goes to visit the apartment, she meets Loic Archer.  Loic is the grandson of Isabelle and he owns a winery.   He just found out about the inheritance (the laws are different in France).  They agree to look at the apartment the next day.  When they open up the apartment, they discover that no one has been in it since 1940 when Isabelle left.  There are beautiful antiques, a gorgeous painting, and so much more.  Cat wants to sign everything over to Loic’s mother.  But Loic and his mother refuse.  They feel if Isabelle never changed her will, there has to be a reason.  Cat sets out to find out what happened when Isabelle fled Paris with the help of Loic (and against her boyfriend’s wishes).

Christian flies to Paris and proposes to Cat.  Cat accepts the proposal even though she is attracted to Loic.  Christian flies home and immediately starts plans for their engagement party.  While Cat is searching for answers, she is bombarded with calls about colors, dresses, information about apartments, and much more.  (I do not know why they could not wait until she gets home to plan an engagement party and the wedding).   The party planner happens to be Christian’s ex-girlfriend and lover (how considerate of Christian!).  Cat seems determined to give away her inheritance and go back to the job she hates and the controlling fianc√©.

What will they discover about Isabelle?  Will Cat give away her inheritance?  You will have to read the Paris Time Capsule to find out what happens with Cat, Loic, Christian, and the beautiful apartment full of treasures.  Paris Time Capsule is based on a true story.  If I had been given an apartment full of vintage treasures, I would have been thrilled.  I love antiques and would have been exploring everything!  How could Cat resist especially since she loved all things vintage (can you imagine the gorgeous clothes left behind)?  That part of the story made no sense to me.  Cat was happy to let others go through and catalog the belonging in the apartment.  Then she would sell everything and go back to her life in New York.  She also let others walk all over her.  Cat just went along with whatever Christian wanted even the ugly all white modern apartment (where Cat could not figure out how her vintage furniture would fit in.  I bet Christian would not have allowed any of her vintage belonging in the apartment).  I give Paris Time Capsule 4 out of 5 stars.  I enjoyed the story and how it played out, but I found Cat’s character a contradiction (see reasons above). Paris Time Capsule will be released on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 and will be available on Kindle Unlimited.

I received a complimentary copy of the Paris Time Capsule from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are strictly my own.

Is everyone looking forward to a long weekend?  I am!  I am currently reading Unfinished Business by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson.  If you like my reviews, please consider following my blog (see side bar).  Have a relaxing and fun Memorial Day Weekend!  Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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