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    The Lost Carousel of Provence

    An interesting main heroine, a story line that takes one to Provence, France, in three different time periods, and a history of carousel building, makes this a good read. Four stars.
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    Visit Paris, Eat the Food, meet the Characters

    Juliet Blackwell tells the story of Cady, present time, and the 1900’s in France using a dual timeline format. While it can sometimes get confusing which time you are reading, Juliet does an amazing job keeping the two storylines separate while weaving them together a little bit at a time. I liked finding out how Gus, the carousel rabbit, Cady, and the Clements would all come together. I wasn’t surprised at how it all ended up but I did enjoy seeing how it all worked out. Usually, I find myself connecting to a certain character or a certain storyline but with this one I was thrilled with the descriptions and the characters of the 1900’s. I am also curious about wartime living and many of the characters were active in the war efforts. The present storyline was just as amazing. The food Cady ate, the towns she visited, the carousels she photographed, and the people she met were alive to me. I could taste, see, and enjoy all that she did. I really enjoyed The Lost Carousel of Provence. I learned about the making of carousels and all the tedious precision work that goes into their making. There was enough fact that I felt informed but not overwhelmed with facts that I didn’t need or want to know. Pick up your own copy and travel to Paris, visit the carousels, eat the food, and meet the wonderful characters.
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    Reminds me of my time in Paris...

    Still reeling from the death of her dear friend and the woman who took her in when the world wanted to forget her, Cady Drake is at a loss at what to do with her life. She feels lost and alone. A good friend of hers suggests she take a trip, maybe to Paris, to get a new perspective. Her friend suggests taking her camera and photographing some pictures, maybe for a coffee table book. An idea forms in Cady’s head, one that not only feels right but will change her life. For as long as she can remember, Cady has been fascinated by carousels. It started when she was an orphan and continued through to the present. There’s something magical about them, a gateway to the past and a window to the future. Once in Paris, she starts taking some amazing pictures of carousels. While researching, she stumbles across the mystery of the Chateau Clement and its legendary carousel. As she tries to unravel the mystery and the Clement family history, she encounters a handsome Parisian man who offers to help her. He stirs feelings long buried in her. Cady’s instinct is to run when things get emotional but the more she’s around Chateau Clement and its recluse inhabitant, the more she senses she’s home. Is this where she belongs or will everyone abandon her like so many have over the years? Never in my life have I read a book that reminds me of my time in Paris with such clarity as this one. Not only did it transport me back in time through various time periods, but it touched me deeply. From the parts where we learn about the female sculptor in the early 1900’s to the resistant movement against the Nazis in World War II to present day, Chateau Clement is alive and casting a spell on the characters and the reader at the same time. It wasn’t so much reading as experiencing the highs and lows of life. Friendship, betrayal, greed, classism, art and love all play a part in this story. Heart-breaking at times, The Lost Carousel of Provence will steal your breath away. A must read and the best book I’ve had the pleasure to read in 2018. Disclaimer: I received an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group via Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it. My Rating: 5+ stars

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