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The Lost Carousel of Provence

Pular tourist attractions of Provence Once a bustling and dignified ancestral estate now all that remains is the château's gruff elderly owner and the softly whispered secrets of generations buried and forgotten But time has a way of exposing history's dark stains and when American photographer Cady Drake finds herself drawn to th I am drawn to stories that take place in France so when I saw The Lost Carousel of Provence I knew I needed to read it plus the cover is beautiful I am a fan of one of Juliet Blackwell s earlier books The Paris Key and this book is just as good I was also intrigued by the subject matter the carousels of France and the focus on a particular historic master carver named Gustave Bayol The mystery is entertaining and intriguing I knew very little about carousel making and Blackwell provides just enough detail to educate the reader without going overboard with details that one might not need or want to learnDual timeline stories usually result in one story line that is appealing than the other While both times and stories were interesting I definitely liked the present day tale about Cady Drake and her pursuit of the origins of her wooden rabbit carousel piece allegedly carved by Bayol the best Her search for community and an understanding of her past was endearing and at times my heart broke for her I really enjoyed The Lost Carousel of Provence and wish I was headed to Paris soon to tour the city and see and ride the many beautiful historic carousels that still exist there today Listen to my podcast at for fun author interviews For book reviews check out my Instagram account

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E château and its antiue carousel she longs to explore the relic's shadowy origins beyond the small scope of her freelance assignment As Cady digs deeper into the past unearthing century old photographs of the Clement carousel and its creators she might be the one person who can bring the past to light and reunite a family torn apa Intriguing atmospheric and upliftingThe Lost Carousel of Provence is an alluring tale predominantly set in the majestic southeastern region of France during the early 1900s as well as present day and is told from three different perspectives Maelle an independent hardworking young woman struggling to showcase her talents and prove her worth in a male dominated environment Fabrice a lonely elderly man who has sacrificed endured and lived a life weighed down by deception regret and unreuited love And Cady an intelligent independent young woman who endeavours to photograph all the lost carousels of France and uncover all the stories and secrets that surround themThe prose is expressive and elouent The characters are scarred complex and authentic And the plot is a sweeping saga filled with familial drama introspection love loss life family friendship community mystiue heartbreak romance secrets passion loyalty as well as a little insight into the designing and building of some of the most famous merry go rounds of all timeOverall The Lost Carousel of Provence is an informative romantic mysterious tale that is a well written exceptionally researched beautiful picture postcard of the history landmarks culture culinary fare and lost art forms of a country Blackwell obviously loves and knows wellThank you to NetGalley especially Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

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An artist lost to history a family abandoned to its secrets and the woman whose search for meaning unearths it all in a sweeping and expressive story from the New York Times bestselling author of Letters from Paris Long lonely years have passed for the crumbling Château Clement nestled well beyond the rolling lavender fields and po 45 stars One thing was sure This was not the fairy tale she had been looking for Life dealt Cady Drake a rough handOrphaned nearly at birth she bounced from foster home to foster home throughout her childhood each time growing and jaded Cady was a bad seed through and throughthat is until she met Maxine a wonderfully grumpy old women determined to turn that bad seed into something new It was then in the junk shop during reading lessons and antiue restoration that teenage Cady really began to live And after all who said a bad seed couldn t sometimes grow into a decent tree In present day Cady is a photographer manages to have a couple of close friends and is the proud owner of Gus a carousal rabbit from FranceAnd then the unthinkable happens and Maxine is gone Once again Cady feels completely adrift Cady was on a merry go round and no matter how fast she galloped she kept winding up at the same place Olivia one of Cady s few friends realizes just how close Cady is to snapping She has a proposal for her talented photographer friend Because you re bound to remain anonymous if you don t get your art out there for people to see Taking student portraits might pay the bills but you re an artist And I can be your patron Sort of At least I can manage a plane ticket And after a few disgruntled and half hearted arguments Cady is off to France with faithful Gus in tow for a carousal photography assignment She s swept away by the people the art and most of all the carousals And soon she stumbles upon the Chateau Clement the possible original home of her Gus The Chateau contains secrets the kind that have been locked away for decades And despite the ornery old man the gossiping villagers the hauntingly broken Cady soon finds herself almost belonging in that odd old place But even as she watched the carousel whirl round and round each one charming than the last Cady felt something shifting within her I adored this oneI ve never given much thought to carousals and history this book has definitely given me a whole new perspective on the matterIn addition Cady was a fresh and fabulous main character Juliet Blackwell made Cady wondrously flawed and hilariously human I wish I could just sweep her up into a hugI loved the way the flashbacks and current day timelines blended seamlessly into a wonderfully tight knit story Many times when I read stories with multiple timelines I tend to get caught up in one timeline and end up ignoring the others in my rush to find out what happens I m happy to report that this was definitely not the case Each timeline was masterfully done And of course my absolute favorite part was any scene with the grumpy old man in it there s just something about a gruff old guy with a heart of gold that wins me over every timeDefinitely one to check out asapAudiobook CommentsWhile I did not listen to the audiobook version I do want to mention Cady s absolute love of them When Cady discovered audiobooks she thought she had gone to heaven and eagerly devoured one after another I feel like she and I just connected on a soul to soul level With thanks to Berkly Publishing and the author for a free copy in exchange for an honest reviewYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading


About the Author: Juliet Blackwell

Juliet Blackwell aka Julie Goodson Lawes aka Hailey Lind started out life in Palo Alto California born of a Texan mother and a Yankee father The family soon moved to what were at the time the sticks of Cupertino an hour south of San Francisco Walking to and from kindergarten every day she would indulge in her earliest larcenous activity stealing walnuts and apricots from surrounding orc



10 thoughts on “The Lost Carousel of Provence

  1. says:

    45 stars One thing was sure This was not the fairy tale she had been looking for Life dealt Cady Drake a rough handOrphaned nearly at birth she bounced from foster home to foster home throughout her childhood eac

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    NOW AVAILABLE ”But no one else pays attention to the uiet carver who fills the halls of the château with the scent of freshly sawn wood and the scrip scrape tink tink of her work her passion her joy”Cady Drake has never really known how a family operates; she’s never really had one Having been raised in a long string of foster homes she never knew the feeling of belonging She is socially awkward but she does has a friend O

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    I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher Berkley Books in exchange for an honest review This was such a charming and uaint storyThe book started off a bit slow It took a while for the story to actually take shape and for the historical parts to start making sense the book has dual storylines one historical and the other con

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    When I finished this book I was left feeling underwhelmed I guess I was hoping for something given it had elements that I normally love in stories such as a socially awkward main character and a decades old mystery taking place in Europe Maybe I have been reading too many of these type of books lately and that's why I didn't really find anything special about this novel Cady Drake grew up in the foster care system and is now a p

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    GIVEAWAY FOR THIS BOOK ON MY BLOG AT THIS LINK wouldn’t want to go to Paris and photograph carousels Cady was excited to head to Paris when she received the assignment especially since her interest in carousels had begun when she was a child and found Gus Gus was a carved carousel rabbit with a secret Cady found hidden inside Gus

  6. says:

    I am drawn to stories that take place in France so when I saw The Lost Carousel of Provence I knew I needed to read it plus the cover is beautiful I am a fan of one of Juliet Blackwell’s earlier books The Paris Key and t

  7. says:

    Intriguing atmospheric and upliftingThe Lost Carousel of Provence is an alluring tale predominantly set in the majestic southeastern region of France during the early 1900s as well as present day and is told from three different perspectives Maelle an independent hardworking young woman struggling to showcase her talents and pr

  8. says:

    45 stars ✨ Thank you to Berkeley Publishing for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review Some books you just kn

  9. says:

    Still reeling from the death of her dear friend and the woman who took her in when the world wanted to forget her Cady Drake is at a loss at what to do with her life She feels lost and alone A good friend of hers suggests she take a trip maybe to Paris to get a new perspective Her friend suggests taking her came

  10. says:

    I almost didn't reuest this book but I am glad I did I found I got so involved in the storyline I couldn't put it down instead read far into the night I had problems reading the parts of the Nazis occupation of France I felt that Ms Blackwell did an outstanding job of blending the three time periods so the story flew togetherCady Drake is recovering from the death of her mentor and agrees to accept a job in Paris of photographing

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