The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell
My Review - 4 Stars
This was slow-moving at first, as I was way more invested in the present day storyline than the past. But at a certain point, some big twists were revealed in the past storyline and then I could not read fast enough to figure out what had happened and how it all connected. Cady was a fascinating character who regularly refers to herself as being socially awkward and off-putting and I wondered whether she might be neurodiverse. Regardless, I really felt for her given her history of growing up in foster care, how Maxine took her in, and how small her circle has grown since Maxine died and she divorced her husband. I loved watching her get to know all the people she met in Paris and how a more clear picture of Cady emerged.
I didn't know anything about the history of carousels or that there's a difference between the ones we know in the US and in Europe. I loved following the trail from the antique store to Paris and all that Cady learned. It was so moving and well-written and I'm so glad I read it.
An artist lost to history, a family abandoned to its secrets, and the woman whose search for meaning unearths it all in a sweeping and expressive story from the New York Times bestselling author of Letters from Paris .
Long, lonely years have passed for the crumbling Château Clement, nestled well beyond the rolling lavender fields and popular tourist attractions of Provence. Once a bustling and dignified ancestral estate, now all that remains is the château's gruff, elderly owner and the softly whispered secrets of generations buried and forgotten.
But time has a way of exposing history's dark stains, and when American photographer Cady Drake finds herself drawn to the château and its antique carousel, she longs to explore the relic's shadowy origins beyond the small scope of her freelance assignment. As Cady digs deeper into the past, unearthing century-old photographs of the Clement carousel and its creators, she might be the one person who can bring the past to light and reunite a family torn apart.
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