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From a Paris Balcony

(Paris Time Capsule #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  6,592 ratings  ·  373 reviews

Heartbroken and alone, Boston art curator Sarah West is grieving the recent deaths of her parents and the end of her marriage. Ultrasensible by nature, she’s determined to stay the course to get her life back on track. But fate has something else in mind. While cleaning out her father’s closet, she finds a letter from the famous Parisian courtesan Marthe de Florian, dated

Kindle Edition, 298 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
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Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two stories. Present day and the past. Sarah West has lost her parents and her marriage is over when she finds a letter among her father’s things from the Paris courtesan Marthe De Florian. Now she decides on a whim that she will go to Paris and investigate this letter but she can only find lodging co-habitating with an eccentric artist. This may be her last chance to chance her future and find love again. Great read. I would like to thank the publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
More of a love story than historical fiction, it tells the story of Susan investigating an ancestor's mysterious suicide. Plot line jumps in time, which was confusing in the audio version. Climax was not surprising AT ALL.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, netgalley
*4.5 stars

This is another story about the abandoned apartment of Marthe de Florain, but unlike another book I read, this one was well-written and captivating. The story weaves back and forth between past and present. I love this when its done well. After Sarah loses both her parents and gets a divorce, she decides to go to Paris on a whim. While there she rents the apartment that the famous courtesan, Marthe de Florian, had lived in. While Marthe plays a small part in the story, she isn't the ma
Irene Sauman
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this historical romance. Sarah West, following her divorce and the death of her parents, is exploring her ancestors, in particular Louisa, following a letter found among her father's papers. Louisa is supposed to have committed suicide in 1895 by jumping off a balcony in Paris. She was the wife of Henry Duval, son of wealthy landed gentry in England and heir to a title. Louisa had aspirations to work with improving the lot of women and associated herself with Mrs. Pankhurst, somethin ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars...

This is the 3rd book by Ella Carey featuring the "forgotten" Paris apartment. I've read and enjoyed all 3! This one, From a Paris Balcony, focuses on the "other side" of demimondaine world--that of a patron's wife. We get to experience the thoughts, feelings and challenges of marriage with a man caught up in the Paris underbelly. As her other books, there is a past and present storyline that converge. Sarah finds out about her ancestor Louisa quite by accident and while at loose ends
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)

Thank you to Netgalley, Lake Union Publishing and Ella Carey for making an e-ARC of From a Paris Balcony available in exchange for an honest review.

From a Paris Balcony is a pleasant story set in modern and late nineteenth century Paris. Sarah West, the modern protagonist, is all alone and a bit lost. Her marriage to her unfaithful husband is over. Both her parents have passed away within months of each other and she has no other family. As she is sorting through her father’s belongings, she fin
Marcia Killingsworth
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An unexpected delight

Fully realized characters in an engrossing tale of an intriguing time in Paris and England. Now all of Ella Carey's books are on my Kindle!
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sarah is a practical, down to earth art curator. The death of her parents and the breakdown of her marriage dealt her a double whammy. Finding a letter in a closet of her late father's addressed by a famous courtesan to her great great grand father and the contents of the letter compels Sarah to set out on an adventure with very surprising results.

The story is romantic and far fetched, but it is set in beautiful surroundings. Told in two life times and hence two life lines it compares and contra
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m not sure how I found this book, but I’m so glad I did! It was a sweet and wonderful story about two women finding each other. Sarah, a contemporary woman, looking to find herself after familial tragedy and seeking the truth about Louisa: a woman that lived over 100 years ago.

This was a beautifully written and fun book, and the story was lighthearted and captivating.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to be lost in a story that combines mystery, friendship, history, Paris, and even a li
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good

It was a little slow at the beginning, but I kept reading. Soon, I could not put it down. The ending was a little confusing, but it didn't matter bc it all made sense after thinking about it. Very interesting historical fiction.
Judi Easley
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of the series, women's lit readers, period piece readers
Recommended to Judi by: author, series
From a Paris Balcony

The Ella Carey Collection #3

Ella Carey

Lake Union Publishing, October 2016

300 pages, ebook, paperback, audiobook, MP3 CD

Women’s Lit, Historical, Romance

I purchased this at the current price. This is my honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind.


The cover is lovely and has the feel of an old memory. The story is not as directly related to the first book as the second one was, but still very much a part of the history of the apartment and its inhabita
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I read the blurb about this being about Marthe de Florian I immediately pushed the button to request this book. I don't know what it intrigues me about her. I guess the fact that her apartment was left empty and abandoned for 70 years has quite a lot to do about it. I've read another book but it was mainly about her and her granddaughter, Isabella. For the life of me, I can't remember the name of the book, but I did enjoy it.

Now on to this book. I was definitely entertained and really liked
Deborah O'Regan
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice easy read. 2 stories one set in 2015 and one in 1895. Sarah West investigating her ancestor Louisa West and her tragic death over 100 years ago. This is the 3rd book in the series.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading the description of this book. I was intrigued, i just had to find out what happened to Louisa.
The story alternates between the present and the past, so we can see events from the point of view of Sarah and Louisa. Sarah is feeling lost in life, having recently lost both her parents and divorcing her husband. She just doesnt know what to do with herself.
While going through her parents belongings, she comes across a letter from Marthe de Florian, a famous Parisian courtesan. The lett
Hina Tabassum
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book without expectations as such as I had only read one book by this author previously. Nonetheless, I was looking forward to the stories as I enjoyed the previous one I read by Ms Carey.

And yes, you read that right. Stories. You need to read her books to know what I mean by that.

While I read this book, I felt acutely the emotions that were experienced by the protagonists. The flow of the story would not let the situation be otherwise for me.

The characterisation and scenarios of
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
MS Carey has done it again taken me on a journey back in time with heartfelt emotion, romance and drama I felt like I was back in these times, times of courtesans wild living before wars came and changed the world where people had to be what was expected of them and there were the few that could let themselves be who they wanted to for a short time and struggling females could become famous.

Sarah West is struggling to get her life back on track after the death of her parents and the breakdown of
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
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Linda Zagon
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of "From a Paris Balcony" by Ella Carey. After reading Alyson Richman's "The Velvet Hours",which I loved, I wanted to read "From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey.
Ella Carey is extremely descriptive of Paris and the apartment that Parisian Courtesan Marthe de Florian had lived in. One of the main characters, Sarah West, finds a letter in her father's attic from Marthe de Florian from 1895 relating to Sarah's great great aunt, Louisa. Loui
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this book through Goodreads. Thank you

The book has two stories, the first one is of a contemporary woman at loose ends. She is recently divorced, as well dealing with the passing of both parents. She finds a letter regarding an ancestor who died mysteriously.

Second story is about this ancestor, her great, great aunt Louisa. The story is historical, set in the late 1800's.

The stories are romantic and a bit unbelievable, but I found the setting to be beautiful and the author did a great jo
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I loved both female characters in this book. The strong Louisa in the 1800 who wanted rights for women and to fall in love. Sara who lost love and trying to find her place and understand her past. Great book
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed From A Paris Balcony very much.
Easy reading right from the first page. The two ongoing stories told in alternating chapters
flow very well. I haven't read any other books by Ella Carey, but will in the future.
Donna Dv
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Intriguing book

This book was a very good and intriguing one to read. I enjoyed seeing the truth unfold. Very well written book.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: carey-ella
I loved this book, the third in the series by Ella Carey.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sarah, Louisa, Henry, Charlie, and Laurent

Third person
Present and past alternating chapters (for the most part)

Sarah found a letter when she was cleaning her deceased father's closet. In a box, she found a letter from 1895. The letter started a journey of self discovery for Sarah.

Louisa's best friend had recently married in London. Through happenstance, that was how she met Henry. Her decisions, at this time in her life, drastically shaped her future and the lives of other
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wanted to give this a 3.75 or so rating. It was actually a good book. I wasn't really that interested in Louisa's story though. But it wasn't the writer's fault. I did like the spin on the end and Louisa's story got more interesting then. At some point though, I did think of one of Sarah's decisions, "Really? That is the decision you are going to make? Whatever!" But my thoughts were NOT in the spirit of the book which had themes about personal freedom, class consciousness, and the subjugation ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an audio book read for me which I thoroughly enjoyed listening to. A beautiful love story filled with passion, pain, loss, heartbreak, love and endless human struggle for a more fulfilling life. I appreciated the author’s effort in providing a clear historical background that helped me make sense of the events in it. The vivid characterization of the main protagonists and all secondary characters in it is realistically done. The set up of the plot in two different storylines and two dif ...more
Leigh Kramer
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had never heard of Marthe de Florian before reading A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable a couple of months ago so when I saw this novel was inspired by the very same French courtesan, I couldn't request a review copy fast enough. The novels have a few similarities (main characters dealing with failed marriages) but they veer in vastly different directions in the way they interpret de Florian's life. Sarah comes to Paris to learn more about her ancestor who died tragically after discovering a l ...more
The Wanderlust Book Club
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not realizing this was a sister story to Ella Carey's "Paris Time Capsule," this story follows Sarah as she picks up the pieces of her life after the death of her parents and the dissolution of her marriage.

While cleaning out her father's attic, she finds a letter to her great-great-uncle from a famous Parisian courtesan. The subject? Her great-great-aunt's apparent suicide.

Sarah sets out to find out more about Louisa's "suicide" that has haunted her family for generations. She travels to the
Mauria Leydsman
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very Insightful.

I read this book because the summary sounded intriguing and it was on kindle prime for free. The book turned out to be a very good choice. The characters were well developed and The plot was well played out. The emotions and thought processes of the characters were genuine and common to us all. I felt empathy for all of the characters and their individual struggles. Louisa, Sarah, Laurent and Charles were genuinely good people dealing with their personal challenges the best way t
Loranne D Lemire
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

Fascinating story. At times the double narrative is annoying. Doesn’t help the historical fiction component, but that’s mere personal preference. I think it works better when there’s an intro chapter or two, at present, and then complete immersion in the past. The flip flopping is annoying.

There were also times that this book is quite repetitive with descriptions. Three pages describing the same party, broken up by a page of interest, to then go back and spend two more pages describi
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Ella Carey is the author of three novels inspired by the discovery of courtesan Marthe de Florian's abandoned apartment in Paris: PARIS TIME CAPSULE, released in April 2014 then with Lake Union Publishing in 2015, now adapted into a feature film screenplay, THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE, March 2016 and FROM A PARIS BALCONY, available for pre-order now, to be released with Lake Union Publishing on October ...more

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