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  • Another Great Read

    This is the second book of the trilogy inspired by Marthe de Florian's famous Paris apartment. In Paris Time Capsule the apartment and its contents are described in wonderful detail. In this novel, the apartment is only mentioned by way of a newspaper article that triggers 94 year old Max Albrecht to request his granddaughter, Anna, travel to Berlin on his behalf. He wants her to recover something he had secreted under the floorboards of his old room at the Schloss Siegel at the beginning of World War 2. When Anna arrives in the village of Siegel, she is dismayed to find it rundown and far from prosperous. The mention of the Albrechts is met with unfriendliness as the villagers hold the family, especially Max, to blame for the current state of the village. No-one will help her gain access to the schloss or share any useful information. Eventually, Anna tracks down the current owner's lawyer in Berlin, Wil Jager, who agrees to help her recover Max's property. The story alternates between the present, where Anna searches for the reason her grandfather abandoned his family and country all those years ago, and the past, from when Max and Isabelle de Florian first meet in the early 1930s and the years that follow. These years see the rise of Hitler and Max's reluctance to join the Nazi Party, despite his parents' urging that it is his duty to do so. Isabelle is certain that revealing her grandmother's past as a demimondaine to Max will end their relationship, as his aristocratic family would never accept her as Max's wife because of it. She is also disturbed by reports of what the Nazis are doing and can't believe that Max would join them willingly. Honour bound, Max enlists in the German army to protect his family, but his initial hesitancy in joining the Nazis has been noted and will lead to tragedy on a Paris street. This is another delightful read by Ella Carey. Although part of a trilogy, it can be read as a standalone. I particularly liked how a crucial event from Paris Time Capsule is elaborated on to form the basis of this novel, establishing another link between the two aside from the Paris apartment. While I enjoyed the subtle romance between Anna and Wil, it was the drama of Isabelle and Max's part of the narrative that appealed to me more. Love, duty, betrayal and tragedy combine to make The House by the Lake an excellent addition to the trilogy. I'm looking forward to reading the final book.

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  • The House by the Lake

    The House by the Lake by Ella Carey was a beautiful mix of history and contemporary. Two tales unfold, tied together by Max Albrecht, Anna's grandfather. In the present, Anna is sent to find an item her grandfather holds dear. And while she is there, she stumbles on a mystery of what happened in the past and why he walked away from it all. In the past, we see Max's life, at first luxury, and then turning to disaster. I highly recommend reading Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey as the two stories are entwined and build on each other.  Max's history in Nazi Germany did not end well. His is a love story gone horribly wrong. One that changed so many lives and he's been hiding from ever since. But it's time to unearth the past. I really felt for Max. He was caught between two worlds and two choices, and never given the chance to decide which road to take.  Anna was a very determined character. Once she set her mind to making things "right," she was all in. She doesn't understand what she finds at first, and digs deeper, always looking for the next string to pull until she finds out how everything happened. She has a very sweet romance. While it wasn't the primary theme in the book, it was just enough to soften the edges of the tale. It made her more real and helped me root for her on her journey.  The way the two stories, history and present, wove together is what really makes this book a gem. The narrative bounces between the past and the present. But it's done in a way that helps advance both storylines and each adds an extra level to the other. I can't wait to read more by Ella Carey - she certainly has a way to pull me into the story. ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book***

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  • The house by the lake

    Was a great read glad my friend told me about it looking forward to reading the next book

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  • House by the Lake

    Loved this book, great story, wonderful historical romantic novel

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