Friday, April 12, 2019

The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell

4 Star

Long, lonely years have passed for the crumbling Château Clement, nestled well beyond the rolling lavender fields and popular 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 the château and its antique 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 apart. 

Kathryn - 4 Star

This novel drew my eye because of the title.  How does one lose a carousel exactly?   I am quite a sucker for historical fiction and so this seemed like a natural fit for me.  I also quite like novels that cover two time frames because I enjoy waiting to fill in of the pieces and the multi character plot lines.  

The character development in The Lost Carousel was mostly in the present and the past was used to unravel the present preoccupations.  In actual fact though I didn't become drawn into the people for quite a long time in this book- was more interested in the financial intrigue and present implications for the family at the center.   I liked Cady but she didn't really form the central plot.  The central plot was the castle for me as I was drawn into its' rooms,  the history and the stories it told. The building's history was what made me turn the pages.   

If that's not your deal then maybe this isn't the novel for you as it's perhaps a bit slow moving?  But I was fascinated!

Thank you to Berkley Publishing for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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