Description: Michelle Gable’s I’ll See You in Paris winds together the lives of three women born generations apart, but who face similar struggles of love and heartbreak.
After losing her fiancé in the Vietnam War, nineteen-year-old Laurel Haley takes a job in England, hoping the distance will mend her shattered heart. Laurel expects the pain might lessen but does not foresee the beguiling man she meets or that they’ll go to Paris, where the city’s magic will take over and alter everything Laurel believes about love.
Thirty years later, Laurel’s daughter Annie is newly engaged and an old question resurfaces: who is Annie’s father and what happened to him? Laurel has always been vague about the details and Annie’s told herself it doesn’t matter. But with her impending marriage, Annie has to know everything. Why won’t Laurel tell her the truth?
The key to unlocking Laurel’s secrets starts with a mysterious book about an infamous woman known as the Duchess of Marlborough. Annie’s quest to understand the Duchess, and therefore her own history, takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a decaying estate kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately to Paris where answers will be found at last.
My review: Michelle Gable writes my kind of books. Both I’ll See You in Paris and 2014’s The Paris Apartment are set in fascinating locations and deal with intriguing women with secrets in their past.
The novel is told in two intertwining storylines, one set in modern day and one in the past. Gable propels the reader forward through the two plots by making you wonder how things are progressing in the other time frame. I was particularly engaged in the historic story line about the Duchess of Marlborough. Michelle Gable’s thorough research brings history to life in this charming novel.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press/ Thomas Dunne and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advanced reader copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.
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