From a Paris Balcony
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Ella Carey Collection #3
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 ...more
Now on to this book. I was definitely entertained and really liked ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Sarah West is struggling to get her life back on track after the death of her parents and the breakdown of ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more