Paris Time Capsule

Paris Time Capsule

by Ella Carey

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ISBN-13: 9781477829936
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 356,612
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ella Carey is a writer and Francophile who claims Paris as her second home. She has been studying French since the age of five, and she has degrees in music and English. Carey’s work has been published in the Review of Australian Fiction. She lives with her two children and two Italian greyhounds in Australia.

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Paris Time Capsule 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
NYC photographer Cat Jordan has it all--a good job, a successful and rich boyfriend and and entree into a new life in the upper crust of New York society. But when she learns that she is heir to the estate of a complete stranger and must travel to Paris to claim her inheritance, her life is turned upside down. Cat arrives in Paris and learns that she has inherited a perfectly preserved, luxurious Belle Epoque apartment that has remained untouched since her mysterious benefactor last left it in the early 1940's when fleeing the Nazi invasion and never looked back. Cat is left with nothing but questions? Why would Isabelle just leave such a stunning apartment and never return, even after the end of the war? Why would she will her apartment to Cat and not to her descendants? As Cat travels through Paris and the south of France in search of answers, she finds herself also questioning her life in NYC and the choices she has made since her own parents died. Is she truly happy with her current boyfriend, or is she trying to live a life her father wanted and not her own? Does she really fit in with the new life she is making with her boyfriend, or is there a deeper reason she feels so vulnerable to the charms of her benefactor's grandson? Can she leave him behind, or is their attraction too intense to forget? This story is a fascinating read that captures the heart and imagination. The author's knack for describing scenes enables you to see all that Cat sees as you read this incredible story. While drawn from real-life events, the story is infused with so much imagination that it feels just magical. Anyone who has felt the pull of the past, the magic of France, or the lure of life's what-ifs will love this book.
Connie57103 More than 1 year ago
I came into this book thinking "not another girl leaves boyfriend for trip to Paris. Girl meets Frenchman, then girl develops feelings for him. Boyfriend tries to bring girl home. Girl stays in France with new man. Chick lit overkill." Am I ever so glad that I couldn't have been further from the truth (well, most of it anyway). I didn't find out that it was inspired by an actual discovery until the very end. Astonishing! To me, this book is a multifaceted gem. Cat Jordan discovers that she has inherited an apartment that has been locked up ever since 1940. Another claimant, Loic de Florian, teams up with Cat to solve a mystery of why she inherited it and not the owner's family, who were shocked to just now learn of it. He eventually gives up; however Cat's willingness to persevere pays off in the long run. "Paris Time Capsule" fascinated me most with it's intonations. The apartment is the tangible time capsule, clearly. It had been untouched for over a half of a century. Loic takes Cat on an informational treasure hunt, for clues to his grandmother's youth, in very old buildings in very quaint villages is another. The most important one for me is what it was like to endure the loss of one's freedom, home, and possibly life once the Germans invaded France and took possession of Paris. Ms. Carey brought those hopeless days of WWII to life like no other. I was mesmerized to the very end. Thank you, Netgalley for giving me a free copy of this book to read and give an honest review.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Cat Jordan is a photographer in New York and yes she wants to be a photographer, but taking photos of fancy New Yorkers and their children isn't what she really wanted to do. She is dating one of those fancy New Yorkers when she receives a mysterious package where she has inherited something as both her grandmother and mother passed away at young ages and this inheritance has passed down to her. The catch is that she has to go to Paris to sort out the inheritance. I loved the premise of the story. The flow was a little slow, but with it being a short book it was ok. Cat was a great character, I thought she was a great narrator and I loved her no stone left unturned attitude.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Cat had been crazy about vintage clothes since her late teens. She had been with Christian for 2 years but still felt like she was on the outside. Christian loved to buy Cat clothes. Cat worked at a photography studio. Christian had come with friends to the studio, but Cat's equipment wouldn't work, so he flirted with her for a half hour. By the end of the evening he had asked her out. Virgina Brooke was Cat's maternal grandmother. Virginia had inherited an estate from the recently deceased Isabelle de Florian. With her grandmother and mom dying, Cat inherited the estate. Once in Paris, Cat finds out Isabelle had a daughter and grandson, Loic, that were still alive. Cat wanted to be accepted. She wanted a family, but also a happy family. She was caring, kind and loyal. I loved her character. Loic was a good man. He was hardworking and determined. He loved his family. He was also loyal and true. Through the twists and turns of this story, Cat grew and found true love. Loic didn't really change within the story, but he did find love. This was a great story. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend Paris Time Capsule. It was a quick, fun, escapist novel. I enjoy reading about Paris and all things French. Although the writing was choppy in places and there was little character development, I did want to find out the resolution to the intriguing apartment mystery and to the romance plot. I then explored the background to the story of the apartment on which the novel was based. I will say that the descriptions of cafes and food made me crave croissants while I read the book and the cover photo of the book made me want to book a flight to Paris!
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
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 fiancé. 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. 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). 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.