- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1St Edition edition (February 9, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781250070630
- ISBN-13: 978-1250070630
- ASIN: 1250070635
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 161 customer reviews
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“Plot-master Gable’s affection for hidden treasures emerges again in her second absorbing novel. Readers are kept guessing ’til the end in this sweet story of love, mystery, art, literature, and Paris. As complex and moving as Naomi Wood’s Mrs. Hemingway and Liz Trenow’s The Forgotten Seamstress.” -Booklist
"Gable (A Paris Apartment) writes an engaging story, and both worlds―Annie's in 2001 and Pru's in 1973―are easy to slide into. Readers will root for both women as they uncover family secrets and discover hidden aspects of themselves. Readers of Kate Morton and those who enjoy family-centered mysteries will approve highly of this book." -Library Journal
"Gable has crafted another page-turner of a good read, filled with history, mystery and a dash of romance. This is the sort of fun, escapist read that is beloved by books clubs. There are characters to love, characters to hate, enticing settings and a requisite amount of plot twists." -Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Michelle Gable . . . elegantly navigates the narratives of the generations, making each set of characters complex and likable.”―Richmond Times Dispatch
“Gable’s novel provides a wonderful, highly literate mystery . . . stories within stories, an almost Wuthering Heights narrative complexity.”―The Roanoke Times
"Gable (A Paris Apartment, 2014) tells an engaging story of a fascinating, largely forgotten historical figure against the backdrop of two fledgling romances." -Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Michelle Gable
"Gable's Paris of today and yesteryear are worlds that are easy and pleasurable to get lost in."―The San Diego Union-Tribune
"The women's fiction world is lucky to welcome Michelle Gable to its ranks. Gable deftly weaves romance and mystery, past and present."―Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author
"Compelling and well-written."―Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Gable's prose is fresh and emotionally complex."―Sophie Littlefield, national bestselling author
"An engaging story of a fascinating, largely forgotten historical figure against the backdrop of two fledgling romances."―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
MICHELLE GABLE, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, graduated from the College of William & Mary. She is the head of investor relations for a publicly traded software company and a card-carrying member of the Chickasaw Nation. She lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat.
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"WHITE COLLAR GIRL NEEDED. Oxforshire, England. Personal assistant req'd for cultured older woman living alone. 400 dollars per month and free board. No exp necessary. Only a love of literature and the English countryside."
I'LL SEE YOU IN PARIS is the second novel from Michelle Gable whose debut A PARIS APARTMENT did quite well. Maybe, just *maybe* this is that sophomore slump we often hear about, but then again, it could very well have just been me. It's a dual-narrative, parallel story with various narrative styles...and typically, I LOVE that kind of thing, live and breathe it, but this one just fell flat for me.
Laurel and Annie, mother and daughter have recently left the U.S. for the English countryside to take care of some personal business of Laurel's. Annie is a recent college graduate and recently engaged to her military boyfriend, a man Laurel is less-than-enthusiastic about. But off they go, heading to the quaint little town of Banbury, Oxforshire, England. This part of the story takes place shortly after 9/11 and honestly, little is mentioned of the terrorist-like culture our country was experiencing then (though this *is* mostly set in England). Annie stumbles upon on old book her mother secretly totes around, meets an older man in a pub and sets out to settle this "mystery" once and for all.
Meanwhile, we "meet" a young woman Pru in 1972/73 who essentially answers that ad above. She's the assistant/companion of Gladys Deacon/Mrs. Spencer/Duchess of Marlborough. Here's that historical slant I typically eat with a spoon. While the Duchess was quite brazen and even funny in her old-lady antics, I still had difficulty following along with this storyline. The only saving grace here is that Gladys Deacon/Mrs. Spencer/Duchess of Marlborough is based on a real person.
The ending comes to an ambiguous and abrupt finish, with just pages in Paris. There's little surprise (at least for me). Still, I loved the premise of I'LL SEE YOU IN PARIS, the alluring English countryside, and of course decaying estates tucked behind barbed wire.
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Thanks to St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books for this review copy.
One of my all-time favorite books is Michelle Gable’s debut novel, A Paris Apartment. I loved that story; if memory serves me correctly, I read it in three evenings. So naturally I was excited when Gable’s second novel, I’ll See You in Paris, was released. I purposely waited a while to read it as I was afraid that if it wasn’t as good as the first one, I would be horribly disappointed. I’m glad I waited. I’ll See you in Paris is not as good and at times was a difficult read.
Like A Paris Apartment, I’ll See in Paris has dualing timelines with the narrative weaving between 2001 and 1973. One of the biggest issues I have with this book is that the 1973 sections felt more like 1930s or ‘40s. It just seemed like the timeframe was off.
The story has four main heroines. First there is Annie. She’s gotten herself engaged to a young man she barely knows who has joined the Army and is headed off to Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. Her mother, Laurel, is less-than enthusiastic about this development. Laurel is our second heroine.
Laurel and Annie are about to leave for the English countryside to settle some business that Annie doesn’t really understand, but the reads figure it out pretty quickly. Right before their departure, Annie discovers a book her mother seems to be interested in, yet the only thing Laurel reads is legal briefs.
Then the story shifts to our third heroine, Pru Valentine. She is in desperate need of employment and answers a want ad. There in the English countryside, Pru becomes a companion/assistant to an eccentric woman in her early nineties, our fourth heroine, who has a penchant for running around waving a gun and not wearing a blouse.
This would seem too far-fetched is the woman wasn’t the real-life Gladys Deacon Spencer-Churchill. There is a mystery surrounding Gladys. Is she the Duchess of Marlboro who disappeared forty years earlier? It was that mystery that kept me reading, and the one that I didn’t figure out so easily. Gladys felt like a caricature to me.
The main theme of the novel seems to be people are probably not who you think they are. And that is certainly true for the male protagonists in this tale.
Although reading this review, it doesn’t sound like I cared for this work. I admit, again that I was disappointed that it was an excellent as A Paris Apartment. I’ll See You in Paris receives 3 out of 5 stars in Julie’s world.