- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (September 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451473698
- ISBN-13: 978-0451473691
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 192 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Paris Key
“Juliet Blackwell offers a compelling storyline with a charming protagonist and a deep well of family secrets, all gorgeously set in the City of Lights. The sights and smells of Blackwell’s Paris lingered long after I turned the last page. The Paris Key is an absorbing homage to family, friendship, and, of course, the greatest city in the world.”—International Bestselling Author Michelle Gable
“In this witty, warm, winsome novel, Blackwell draws back the curtain on Paris’s complex past while celebrating its vibrant present. Her generation-spanning tale combines intrigue and passion with a flawless ear for language and a gift for sensory detail. If The Paris Key doesn’t make a Francophile of you, nothing will!”—Bestselling Author Sophie Littlefield
“A gorgeously plotted novel woven with luminescent charm, The Paris Key gleams as brightly as the city herself.”—Rachael Herron
Praise for Juliet Blackwell
“Juliet Blackwell sits firmly on my list of must-read authors!”—Victoria Laurie, New York Times bestselling author of No Ghouls Allowed
“Juliet Blackwell is a master.”—Fresh Fiction
“Just when I think Juliet Blackwell can’t get any better, she ratchets it up a notch.”—Lesa’s Book Critiques
“[Juliet Blackwell’s] writing style made me feel as though I was with each character, sharing emotions, actions, and anticipating the next moves. When I find an author who can provide this much reader involvement, I put her on my ‘must read’ list.”—MyShelf.com
About the Author
Juliet Blackwell is the New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft mysteries (A Vision in Velvet, Tarnished and Torn) and the Haunted Home Renovation mysteries (Keeper of the Castle, Home for the Haunting). This is her first work of women’s fiction. She lives in California.
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Thus prepared to enjoy the novel, I settled in. The story does not disappoint. I like the time-hopping between the mother's story and Genevieve's. I had a fair chunk of it figured out (no spoilers) but I don't think it was supposed to be a huge secret--lots of clues along the way. But that isn't the point. The point is the charm of the city and it's influence on residents across the years. (Paris is itself a main character here..n'est-ce pas?) Veterans of several wars are invoked, reminding us of the atrocities endured by Parisians.
The only thing missing for me, and I will admit to being a greedy reader, is I wanted more. More tidbits on lock and keymaking, more about the Pieds-Noir, more about being an Algerian in Paris--perhaps from Pasquale but more likely from Catherine. Genevieve made her peace a little swiftly for me. Like I said, I'm greedy.
This is a departure from the mysteries, but a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and have recommended it to many friends.
If the pointless and ongoing American bashing was edited out, this would be quite a good "beach read" type of book. It's engrossing, has enough unique details to make it different from every other chick-lit Paris novel, and enough emotional depth to keep you interested without getting too heavy. The mystery involving Genevieve's mother is predictable pretty much from the start, but you'll want to keep reading to get the exact details. That said, serious armchair travelers should look elsewhere, the portrayal of Paris is very formulaic and stereotypical. Obligatory WWII references, obligatory Hermes scarf, obligatory shopping spree to give the FMC a Parisian makeover, and the quaintness of the village sounded too campy to be authentic.
Some things I did not enjoy: a few grammatical errors, a few slow points & having to keep track of the time/character shifting (the plot is told from the perspective of Genevieve, but sometimes shifts to that of other characters & also constantly went back & forth between present day & the 80s & 90s).
But overall the story unfolds in a fascinating chain of events that are not at all predictable. There is a little romance, a little heartbreak, a little espionage & some loosely placed historical fiction. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick escape to Paris.