The Paris Apartment by Kelly Bowen. April 2021- 417 Pages
This is part of my participation in Paris in July 2021
Last week i read a very interesting novel, Lost in Paris by Elizabeth Thompson. It is about two American women who inherit an apartment in Paris unopened since 1945. The novel follows them and the life of their grandmother in Paris from 1928 to 1940.
The Paris Apartment is also about a woman who inherits from her grandmother a Paris apartment sealed since the end of the German occupation. It also goes back in time to tell the very unknown to them of The woman’s grandmothers fight against the Germans during the War.
The publisher’s description is quite accurate
2017, London: When Aurelia Leclaire inherits an opulent Paris apartment, she is shocked to discover her grandmother’s hidden secrets—including a treasure trove of famous art and couture gowns. One obscure painting leads her to Gabriel Seymour, a highly respected art restorer with his own mysterious past. Together they attempt to uncover the truths concealed within the apartment’s walls.
Paris, 1942: The Germans may occupy the City of Lights, but glamorous Estelle Allard flourishes in a world separate from the hardships of war. Yet when the Nazis come for her friends, Estelle doesn’t hesitate to help those she holds dear, no matter the cost. As she works against the forces intent on destroying her loved ones, she can’t know that her actions will have ramifications for generations to come.
Set seventy-five years apart, against a perilous and a prosperous Paris, both Estelle and Lia must summon hidden courage as they navigate the dangers of a changing world, altering history—and their family’s futures—forever.”
I just saw today another new novel about a sealed since the war Paris apartment.
Award-winning author Kelly Bowen attended the University of Manitoba, earning a BSc & MSc in veterinary studies. She worked as a research scientist before realizing her dream to write historical fiction. Currently, Kelly lives with her family in Winnipeg, Canada. - goodreads