A Paris Apartment - by Michelle Gable

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Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inches (W) x 1.1 Inches (D)
Weight: .7 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 400
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Women
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Paperback
Author: Michelle Gable
Language: English
Street Date: June 30, 2015
TCIN: 80321470
UPC: 9781250067777
Item Number (DPCI): 247-47-6841
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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About the Book



Discovering a horde of treasure in a Paris apartment that had been shuttered for decades, Sotheby's furniture specialist April Vogt finds a cache of letters and journals by a renowned Belle aEpoque courtesan whose sophisticated life compels April to reevaluate her own.



Book Synopsis



The New York Times Best Seller!

Based on the fascinating true story of a treasure-stocked Parisian apartment opened for the first time in seventy years.

April Vogt, Sotheby's continental furniture specialist, is speechless when a Paris apartment shuttered for seventy years is discovered in the ninth arrondissement. Beneath the cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a goldmine, and not because of the actual gold (or painted ostrich eggs or mounted rhinoceros horns or bronze bathtub). First, there's a portrait by one of the masters of the Belle Epoque, Giovanni Boldini. And then there are letters and journals written by the very woman in the painting, Marthe de Florian. These documents reveal that she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable decolletage. Suddenly April's quest is no longer about the bureaux plats and Louis-style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction. It's about discovering the story behind this charismatic woman.



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"With its well-developed, memorable characters and the author's skillful transitioning between story lines...this stunning and fascinating debut will capture the interest of a wide audience but particularly those interested in stories about women behind famous men like Melanie Benjamin's The Aviator's Wife or Nancy Horan's Under the Wide and Starry Sky. Highly recommended." --Library Journal (starred review)

"The women's fiction world is lucky to welcome Michelle Gable to its ranks. In A Paris Apartment, Gable deftly weaves romance, mystery, past and present into a wonderful page-turner that will have readers clamoring for her next book." --Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author

"A Paris Apartment winds between past and present, between two passionate women and their lives, loves and fortunes. Informed and assured, debut author Gable's prose is fresh and emotionally complex. Glimpses into Parisian life, the arts, and the high-end antiquities trade are piquant accents to an exceptional mystery." --Sophie Littlefield, national bestselling author

"The past and present intertwine in Michelle Gable's sparkling debut, which sings of the Belle Epoque, French romance, and a few secrets that change everything." --Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting

"A charming read about a fascinating history and the woman behind it." --Historical Novel Society

"Gable's Paris of today and yesteryear are worlds that are easy and pleasurable to get lost in. April's and Marthe's stories intersect, at times blatantly and at times subtly mirroring or contrasting one another. ...This parallel construction, the sense of place and atmosphere, and Gable's often witty writing are the book's greatest strengths." --The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Pick it up as the perfect escape--you'll quickly be whisked away through the vividly described scenery and events of life in Paris." --Spa Weekly Daily

"This debut novel is a keeper. It will definitely stay with you long after you finish the last page." --Chicklit Club

"The inspiration for A Paris Apartment began in 2010 when Gable's agent sent her an intriguing article with the note: 'I think you can do something with this.' A real-life Parisian flat, abandoned for 70 years, its contents frozen in time? Absolutely, she could." --Celeste Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Love, art, history, Paris -- what more can you ask for?" --FineBooks Magazine

"Vive le Paris apartment!" --Booklist

"You'll be quickly drawn in...there are reasons galore why this story is compelling....A fun and insightful novel." --Maine Antique Digest




About the Author



National bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, MICHELLE GABLE graduated from The College of William & Mary. She currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California, where she is at work on her second novel.
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5 out of 5 stars
Silvers Reviews - 3 years ago
Paris in the late 1800's​ during the Belle Epoque​, antique furniture and paintings, and journals from an apartment's original inhabitant. All of these things made A PARIS APARTMENT a book that will keep you glued to the pages. Who wouldn't want to go to Paris? April was an art history major and an auctioneer. When her boss told her she would be going to Paris to put value on an apartment's contents that had been closed up for 70 years, she couldn't pass up the chance even though her marriage was a bit rocky. When April found the journals of Marthe de Florian, they made the apartment’s contents even more valuable and the book quite enticing. The journals told about Marthe de Florian's life and her connection and relationships with artists and other famous people. Famous people such as Victor Hugo and Giovanni Boldini were part of the book's intrigue. Marthe de Florian had quite a colorful life. A PARIS APARTMENT was a bit rough getting started, but once the journals were found, they and the Parisian atmosphere ​drew you into the era and its living style. ​A PARIS APARTMENT is based on a real apartment and a real person. Ms. Gable did a great deal of research and weaves the story so masterfully that you don't even know it is history, but it definitely revealed a wonderful hidden part of Paris. For a debut novel, the writing ​and storyline were marvelous. A PARIS APARTMENT has beautiful, descriptive writing, and the journals made it oh so good. April’s rocky marriage seemed to be a side story, but the apartment, its contents, and the journals are historical aspects that I thoroughly enjoyed and what kept me reading. The ending was marvelous as April met an eighty-seven-year-old family member of Marthe de Florian who fills in the gaps of Marthe’s life. ENJOY, and don't give up too early. :) 4/5 This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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