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The Lost Carousel of Provence 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 theshe s around Chateau Clement and its recluse inhabitant, theshe 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 starsReviewed by Mrs NThis review first appeared GIVEAWAY FOR THIS BOOK ON MY BLOG AT THIS LINK wouldn t want to go to Paris and photograph carousels Cady was excited to head to Paris when she received the assignment especially since her interest in carousels had begun when she was a child and found Gus Gus was a carved carousel rabbit with a secret Cady found hidden inside Gus when he accidentally broke open The hidden secret had a story of its own, and turned into a mystery that haunted Cady to solve.Cady was used to mysteries and secrets since her childhood was spent in the foster system She was moved from one foster home to another with no parents to be found When she met Maxine and found Gus, though, they seemed to give her some stability and interest in antiques.THE LOST CAROUSEL OF PARIS follows Cady back and forth from her childhood to present day with the history behind the carousel rabbit marvelously added in as well.I enjoyed the history of European carousels and learning about a famous carousel maker Monsieur Gustave Bayol and his company in Angers, France.THE LOST CAROUSEL OF PARIS allows the reader to get a free trip to Paris and to experience the beautiful landscape and people of Southern France both present day and past.This book will appeal to those who enjoy France, antiques, warm hearted characters, the Provencal countryside, chateaus, and European history during WWII.A charming, heart warming read The characters were lovely, and the story line was creative, uplifting, and positive France, carousels, lovable characters, and a marvelous story line LOVED the bookENJOY if you read itI know you will 5 5 This book was given to me free as an ARC All opinions are my own. I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher Berkley Books in exchange for an honest review This was such a charming and quaint story The book started off a bit slow It took a while for the story to actually take shape and for the historical parts to start making sense the book has dual storylines, one historical and the other contemporary But once the main character, Cady, went to France, the story really took off and from there it was magnifique I loved the way the author described France, particularly the small village Cady visited and the chateau she stayed at From the scenery to the food to the carousel, she made it sound so enchanting and beautiful I wish I was actually there I also loved the little nods to the Bay Area The author is from the San Francisco Bay Area like me and the main character is from Oakland Anytime Cady would mention something about Oakland, I d always think to myself, yup that s so true As for the characters, I loved them all, especially Fabrice, the owner of the chateau He was such a mystery and I enjoyed unraveling his past Overall, this is the perfect historical fiction and contemporary read for anyone who wants to spend time in a chateau in the French countryside. When I finished this book I was left feeling underwhelmed I guess I was hoping for somethinggiven it had elements that I normally love in stories such as a socially awkward main character and a decades old mystery taking place in Europe Maybe I have been reading too many of these type of books lately and that s why I didn t really find anything special about this novel Cady Drake grew up in the foster care system and is now a photographer in Oakland She is sent on assignment to France to take photos of carousels for a book She is intrigued when she hears about a chateau in Provence with a carousel but in order to take photos for her book she s going to have to get the permission of the crusty, old owner who might be keeping a family secret or two So the setting and food descriptions were perfect and I did like how the book explored Cady growing up in the foster care system I even enjoyed the parts of the story in the early 1900s and the female who works for Monsieur Bayol, a carousel carver who actually existed in real life and served as a little bit of inspiration to the author to write this work of fiction And while I didn t mind the character of Fabrice in the present, I found myself losing interest when the story would shift back to his time during World War 2 While the book might not have been amazing, it certainly wasn t a bad reading experience I would definitely be open to reading other books by the author.I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review All views expressed are my honest opinion. Intriguing, atmospheric, and uplifting.The Lost Carousel of Provence is an alluring tale predominantly set in the majestic southeastern region of France during the early 1900s, as well as present day, and is told from three different perspectives Maelle, an independent, hardworking young woman struggling to showcase her talents and prove her worth in a male dominated environment Fabrice, a lonely, elderly man who has sacrificed, endured and lived a life weighed down by deception, regret, and unrequited love And Cady an intelligent, independent, young woman who endeavours to photograph all the lost carousels of France and uncover all the stories and secrets that surround them.The prose is expressive and eloquent The characters are scarred, complex, and authentic And the plot is a sweeping saga filled with familial drama, introspection, love, loss, life, family, friendship, community, mystique, heartbreak, romance, secrets, passion, loyalty, as well as a little insight into the designing and building of some of the most famous merry go rounds of all time.Overall, The Lost Carousel of Provence is an informative, romantic, mysterious tale that is a well written, exceptionally researched, beautiful, picture postcard of the history, landmarks, culture, culinary fare, and lost art forms of a country Blackwell obviously loves and knows well.Thank you to NetGalley, especially Berkley Publishing Group, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. I am drawn to stories that take place in France so when I saw The Lost Carousel of Provence I knew I needed to read it plus the cover is beautiful I am a fan of one of Juliet Blackwell s earlier books, The Paris Key, and this book is just as good I was also intrigued by the subject matter the carousels of France and the focus on a particular historic, master carver named Gustave Bayol The mystery is entertaining and intriguing I knew very little about carousel making, and Blackwell provides just enough detail to educate the reader without going overboard with details that one might not need or want to learn.Dual timeline stories usually result in one story line that isappealing than the other While both times and stories were interesting, I definitely liked the present day tale about Cady Drake and her pursuit of the origins of her wooden rabbit carousel piece allegedly carved by Bayol the best Her search for community and an understanding of her past was endearing and at times my heart broke for her I really enjoyed The Lost Carousel of Provence and wish I was headed to Paris soon to tour the city and see and ride the many beautiful, historic carousels that still exist there today I received this book to read and review all opinions are my own. 4.5 stars Thank you to Berkeley Publishing for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review Some books you just know that you re going to love even before reading a single page This was one of those books for me Cady has just lost Maxine, who was like a mother to her, at a loss for what to do her friend Olivia suggests going to France At first Cady is hesitant, until she happens to find an old photograph inside an antique carousel animal After some persuasion, Cady finds herself in France to take photos of carousels for a new book Curious about the photo she found and finding out where her own carousel animal came from, she sets out on a journey to find answers Soon she finds herself in the country staying with a recluse at the Clement Chateau Here she will find friends, answers, and possiblyI really enjoyed the story especially once we got in the country, to me that s the part I loved the most If I m honest, that s also when I began liking Cady It took me awhile to warm up to her and I was worried that it wouldn t come and the story would be ruined for me Luckily, things turned around and it was at that point where I didn t want to put the book down Definitely another winner from Ms Blackwell I almost didn t request this book but I am glad I did I found I got so involved in the storyline, I couldn t put it down instead read far into the night I had problems reading the parts of the Nazis occupation of France I felt that Ms Blackwell did an outstanding job of blending the three time periods so the story flew together.Cady Drake is recovering from the death of her mentor and agrees to accept a job in Paris of photographing the carousels of Paris The story begins in the 1990 s of a young girl desire to learn from a master carver and the difficult time she had to endure because of her sex Cady is fascinated with the carousels She learns of a rundown Ch teau Clement, in the province decides to see it before she returns home Candy meets the owner of an elderly man who prefers to be left alone Will, she convinced him to let her see the Clement carousel I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.Disclosure Many thanks to Berkley for a review copy The opinions expressed are my own. NOW AVAILABLE But no one else pays attention to the quiet carver who fills the halls of the ch teau with the scent of freshly sawn wood and the scrip scrape tink tink of her work, her passion, her joy Cady Drake has never really known how a family operates she s never really had one Having been raised in a long string of foster homes, she never knew the feeling of belonging She is socially awkward, but she does has a friend, Olive, who is always trying to get her to step outside herself, bea part of the world, and less hidden The only other person that has given her a reason to trust is Maxine, an older woman who had taken Cady under her wing as a younger girl And then Maxine is gone Getting by in life has always been hard for Cady, a local photographer, taking on school portraits, weddings, events, and other similar jobs even though her aspirations are higher,creative But when Maxine passed away, it felt as though a part of herself was missing One night, she stubs her toe, and in a fit of frustration, she takes it out on Gus, and kicks him.Gus has been a part of her life for a while, so when he falls over, slamming against an edge of granite, and now he lies on the floor broken, disfigured Gus is her antique carousel figure whom she named Gus the Rabbit it is Cady s belief that Gus was carved by Gustave Bayol, a master carver of the 20th Century But in breaking this figure that has been used for her photography business, and has been the object of so many of her photographs, her heart breaks a little And even though antique dealers have assured her that Gus was almost assuredly not carved by Bayol, she s always held on to the belief that perhaps they are wrong And then she notices that there appears to be something hidden inside Gus, a piece of pink fabric is showing through the hollow she has created What she finds is a photograph that is a mystery, along with a note This story travels back and forth in time, told through different characters, different points of view, with relatively short chapters separating the varying eras and voices In order of appearance, this story begins in 1901 at Ch teau Clement, in Provence, France, through Josephine, who begins by sharing the sights of thegardeners and servants, grape pickers and kitchen staff, have been joined by Monsieur Bayol s crew of men hammering, sawing, sanding and painting the newly arrived carouselReturning to present day, Oakland, California with Cady Anne Drake, only to be returned to Ch teau Clement in 1915, with Yves Clement, and then to 1900, Angers, France at the Carousel Factory of Gustave Bayol Back to 2001 Oakland, only to return to 1900 Angers at the Carousel Factory with Ma lle, then to 1993 Berkeley, California with a five year old Cady, to 1944 Paris And so on If you think this would make you feel like after watching a ping pong match, it didn t for me The story builds slowly in each timeframe, adding layer upon layer, and little by little we knowabout the mystery behind Gus the Rabbit.A girl has to hold onto her dreams, and so with the offer of an assignment to take photographs of the carousels in France that her friend Olive finagled through her publisher connections at Sunset Magazine, she doesn t hesitate, and heads to Paris In Paris, the City of Love, one can assume there is a love story, and while there is a bit of romance, it doesn t really drive the story, but it also doesn t take away from the charms of seeing Paris, Provence and the older, handcrafted carousel animals Still there isthan just romance in this, there are family secrets to unravel, and a mystery to solve, and some rather unfriendly characters that might need some persuading.Pub Date 18 SEP 2018Many thanks for the ARC provided by Berkley Publishing Group 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 Timesbestselling Author Of Letters From Paris Long, Lonely Years Have Passed For The Crumbling Ch Teau 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 Ch Teau 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 Ch Teau 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

About the Author: Juliet Blackwell

Juliet Blackwell aka Julie Goodson Lawes, aka Hailey Lind started out life in Palo Alto, California, born of a Texan mother and a Yankee father The family soon moved to what were, at the time, the sticks of Cupertino, an hour south of San Francisco Walking to and from kindergarten every day she would indulge in her earliest larcenous activity stealing walnuts and apricots from surrounding orc

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