About I’ll See You in Paris
After losing her fiancé in the Vietnam War, nineteen-year-old Laurel Haley takes a job in England, hoping the distance will mend her shattered heart. Laurel expects the pain might lessen but does not foresee the beguiling man she meets or that they’ll go to Paris, where the city’s magic will take over and alter everything Laurel believes about love.
Thirty years later, Laurel’s daughter Annie is newly engaged and an old question resurfaces: who is Annie’s father and what happened to him? Laurel has always been vague about the details and Annie’s told herself it doesn’t matter. But with her impending marriage, Annie has to know everything. Why won’t Laurel tell her the truth?
The key to unlocking Laurel’s secrets starts with a mysterious book about an infamous woman known as the Duchess of Marlborough. Annie’s quest to understand the Duchess, and therefore her own history, takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a decaying estate kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately to Paris where answers will be found at last.
I found Gladys Deacon utterly fascinating. In fact I remember reading an article on her in 2011. Needless to say I was interested in reading this book, curious to read Gable’s version with fiction and non-fiction aspects of Gladys Deacon.
Deacon’s story was fascinating. I was impressed with Gable’s weaving of Vietnam, 9/11 and Gladys Deacon, I was skeptical at first, however, ultimately pleasantly surprised.
The narrative was fascinating but dragged a bit, also the level of predictability was high, no surprises throughout for this reader, I knew what was coming including the ending, therefore lacking a mystery factor.
On the fence with the ending, I wish an epilogue was included compensating for the ambiguous and abrupt finish.
An entertaining read, I found Deacon alluring, in fact I would extremely curious to learn more about this creature from Gable’s interpretation if I didn’t already know of her tragic story.
About Michelle Gable
Michelle Gable is the international bestselling author of A PARIS APARTMENT. When not dreaming up fiction on the sly, she works in finance, specializing in investor relations. A College of William & Mary graduate, Gable currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat.
Expected publication: February 9th 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books