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The Lost Carousel of Provence 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 antiue 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 I almost didn't reuest 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 togetherCady 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 Château 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 bookDisclosure Many thanks to Berkley for a review copy The opinions expressed are my own 45 stars One thing was sure This was not the fairy tale she had been looking for Life dealt Cady Drake a rough handOrphaned nearly at birth she bounced from foster home to foster home throughout her childhood each time growing and jaded Cady was a bad seed through and throughthat is until she met Maxine a wonderfully grumpy old women determined to turn that bad seed into something new It was then in the junk shop during reading lessons and antiue restoration that teenage Cady really began to live And after all who said a bad seed couldn't sometimes grow into a decent tree? In present day Cady is a photographer manages to have a couple of close friends and is the proud owner of Gus a carousal rabbit from FranceAnd then the unthinkable happens and Maxine is gone Once again Cady feels completely adrift Cady was on a merry go round and no matter how fast she galloped she kept winding up at the same place Olivia one of Cady's few friends realizes just how close Cady is to snapping She has a proposal for her talented photographer friend Because you're bound to remain anonymous if you don't get your art out there for people to see Taking student portraits might pay the bills but you're an artist And I can be your patron Sort of At least I can manage a plane ticket And after a few disgruntled and half hearted arguments Cady is off to France with faithful Gus in tow for a carousal photography assignment She's swept away by the people the art and most of all the carousals And soon she stumbles upon the Chateau Clement the possible original home of her Gus The Chateau contains secrets the kind that have been locked away for decades And despite the ornery old man the gossiping villagers the hauntingly broken Cady soon finds herself almost belonging in that odd old place But even as she watched the carousel whirl round and round each one charming than the last Cady felt something shifting within her I adored this oneI've never given much thought to carousals and history this book has definitely given me a whole new perspective on the matterIn addition Cady was a fresh and fabulous main character Juliet Blackwell made Cady wondrously flawed and hilariously human I wish I could just sweep her up into a hugI loved the way the flashbacks and current day timelines blended seamlessly into a wonderfully tight knit story Many times when I read stories with multiple timelines I tend to get caught up in one timeline and end up ignoring the others in my rush to find out what happens I'm happy to report that this was definitely not the case Each timeline was masterfully done And of course my absolute favorite part was any scene with the grumpy old man in it there's just something about a gruff old guy with a heart of gold that wins me over every timeDefinitely one to check out asapAudiobook CommentsWhile I did not listen to the audiobook version I do want to mention Cady's absolute love of them When Cady discovered audiobooks she thought she had gone to heaven and eagerly devoured one after another I feel like she and I just connected on a soul to soul level With thanks to Berkly Publishing and the author for a free copy in exchange for an honest reviewYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading NOW AVAILABLE ”But no one else pays attention to the uiet carver who fills the halls of the château 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 be a 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 himGus 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 antiue 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 antiue 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 Château Clement in Provence France through Josephine who begins by sharing the sights of the ” gardeners 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 carousel” Returning to present day Oakland California with Cady Anne Drake only to be returned to Château 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 Maëlle 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 know about the mystery behind Gus the RabbitA 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 is than just romance in this there are family secrets to unravel and a mystery to solve and some rather unfriendly characters that might need some persuadingPub Date 18 SEP 2018Many thanks for the ARC provided by Berkley Publishing Group 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 uaint storyThe 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 magnifiueI 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

  • Kindle Edition
  • 384 pages
  • The Lost Carousel of Provence
  • Juliet Blackwell
  • 02 July 2016

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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