A Paris Apartment

A Paris Apartment

eBook - 2014
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When April Vogt's boss tells her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit ninth arrondissement apartment, the Sotheby's continental furniture specialist does not hear the words "dust" or "rats" or "shuttered for seventy years." She hears Paris. She hears escape. Once in France, April quickly learns the apartment is not merely some rich hoarder's repository. Beneath the dust and cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a goldmine and not because of the actual gold (or painted ostrich eggs or mounted rhinoceros horns or bronze bathtub). First, there's a portrait by one of the masters of the Belle Epoque. And then there are letters and journals written by the woman in the painting, documents showing she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable decolletage. Suddenly it's no longer about the bureau plats and Louis-style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction. It's about a life. Two lives, actually. With the help of a salty (and annoyingly sexy) Parisian solicitor and the courtesan's private documents, April tries to uncover the secrets buried in the apartment. As she digs into one woman's life, April can't help but take a deeper look into her own. When the two things she left bubbling back in the States begin to boil over, April starts to wonder whether she'll ever find--in the apartment, or in her life--just what she's looking for.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781466849624
1466849622
Characteristics: 1 online resource (378 pages) : genealogical table

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tinaburke
Jul 04, 2019

One of my favorites

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mrsmeyer618
Feb 09, 2019

I was very excited to get this book because it was a Goodreads recommendation. If you remember a news item in 2010 about an apartment in Paris that had been shut-up and untouched for 70 years and was being auctioned by Sothebys, that is the background for this book.
I forced myself through the first 75 pages, only continuing through the present day sections, which were stilted and flat, to get to the past sections about the history of the apartment and it's occupants.
The historical figures are real and fairly accurate. You can wiki most all of them to learn the truth, in itself a very interesting story and I recommend that you do after reading the book because it is not 100% correct (the genealogy at the end of the book is complete fiction).
I was disappointed in the present day story, a bit too 'harlequin romancey' for my tastes. This author has 2 more books out in this series, but frankly, I didn't find any of her characters interesting enough to want to read any more of her books.

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WinstonO
Apr 20, 2018

The story is supposed to be about April finding out more about the owner of the antiquities she is appraising. But it's more about her indecisiveness about her husband/marriage and a man she met. I only finished it because it was for a Book Club.

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Einer2
Sep 23, 2017

An interesting story that I presume is based on some historical truth. Seems that many authors these days are writing in the alternating past and present mode. In a city like Paris it makes for a good story. If you don't read any French however you might want to have your Google translation window up! But the occasional French phrase adds an element of authenticity.

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mlussky
Aug 13, 2017

I loved this book...especially because I love Paris and antiques. A great way to tell a possible story behind an actual occurrence.

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horsestalktome
Mar 03, 2016

Enjoyable, especially if you like history, Paris or furniture.

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