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The Paris Key af Juliet Blackwell
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The Paris Key (udgave 2016)

af Juliet Blackwell (Forfatter)

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As a girl, Genevieve Martin spent the happiest summer of her life in Paris, learning the delicate art of locksmithing at her uncle's side. But since then, living back in the States, she has become more private, more subdued. She has been an observer of life rather than an active participant, holding herself back from those around her, including her soon-to-be-ex-husband. Paris never really left Genevieve, and, as her marriage crumbles, she finds herself faced with an incredible opportunity: return to the magical city of her youth to take over her late uncle's shop. But as she absorbs all that Parisian culture has to offer, she realizes the city also holds secrets about her family that could change her forever, and that locked doors can protect you or imprison you, depending on which side of them you stand.… (mere)
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Titel:The Paris Key
Forfattere:Juliet Blackwell (Forfatter)
Info:Center Point Pub (2016), Edition: Large Print, 495 pages
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The Paris ambience, the intricacies of Locksmithing, the funny Irishman, and the invincible Phillipe really kept my attention through
the tedious, boring,
and way-too-predictable Angela backstory.

It was good to see Genevieve move past lying and holding back her honest feelings as she anchored her life in her uncle's shop.

Less welcome were her husband's stereotypical reactions and no descriptions of the beauty of life on a California organic farm,
as well as the priestly blessing to just let go of her mother's haunting ghost.

And a resounding BLECH on foie gras. ( )
  m.belljackson | Apr 16, 2021 |
The book takes place in Paris and made me want to go again. I enjoyed reading about the city, and as other readers have mentioned, the book cover charmed me. A likable protagonist, family secrets, a bit of romance, friendships, and a satisfying ending! It was an enjoyable read. ( )
  PhyllisReads | Apr 27, 2019 |
Very enjoyable, if a bit predictable. A fun read. ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
Genevieve Martin is getting divorced from Jason, and in the middle of the process she leaves California for Paris. In Paris, her ex-pat Uncle Dave, her mother's brother, has recently died, and her cousin Catharine wants her to sort out and possibly take over Dave's locksmith shop.

The emotional background is of course far more fraught than that simple description. Genevieve's mother, Angela, visited Dave and his French wife, Pasquale, in Paris just before she became pregnant with Genevieve. It's referred to as Angela's "Paris vacation," and she never went again, nor did Dave ever visit them in California. When Genevieve was fourteen, Angela died of cancer, and Genevieve's father, Jim, sent her to Paris to visit her Uncle for the summer, in the hope that would help her work through her grief. During that summer, Dave taught her about locks and locksmithing, and Genevienve thought she'd found her calling. Then summer ended, and Dave sent her home.

What Genevieve has learned in life is that people leave--that she doesn't know how to love properly, and so people leave. Her mother died. Her uncle sent her away from Paris. Her husband was unfaithful. Can she make a new beginning in Paris? Or is she just running away?

The main portion of the book is Genevieve's experiences in the present day, but in interspersed chapters we see Angela's Paris visit in the early 1980s, and Genevieve's in the late 1990s. Meanwhile, in the present, Genevieve gets to know her French cousin and French neighbors, and a handsome Irishman living in Paris, works on the last few locksmith jobs Dave left undone when he died, and battles French bureaucracy for the necessary permits and license to keep operating the locksmith shop.

Oh, and getting more and more caught up in the mystery of exactly what happened to Angela in Paris, and why there was so little contact between Angela and her seemingly much-loved older brother. And what about the ancient Syrian key that Dave gave Angela, which Genevieve has kept as keepsake of her mother? Is there anything it unlocks today?

This is not a book with much action as such. It's a book of character development, hidden emotion, a bit of mystery, and a bit of romance. And it's extremely well done.

Recommended.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
Reeling from her mother's death, Genevieve Martin was sent to Paris as a young girl to stay with her uncle who taught her locksmithing. Now, many years later, Genevieve is divorcing her cheating husband when her uncle dies. Feeling she has nothing to lose, Genevieve packs up and moves from America to Paris to take over her uncles locksmith business at her cousin's request. Her aunt has Alzheimer’s and is in a nursing home. Before she has a chance to recover from jet lag, customers are already knocking on her door! Settling into Parisian life, and trying to negotiate the bureaucratic red tape to do with running a business there, Genevieve also starts to unwind family secrets from the time her mother spend in Paris some months before she was born. The story moves back and forth in time between Genevieve, her mother Angela, and her uncle Dave who fell in love while helping to rebuild Paris after World War II. Interesting story, fantastic book cover! Learnt much about Paris and locksmithing. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Jul 7, 2017 |
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As a girl, Genevieve Martin spent the happiest summer of her life in Paris, learning the delicate art of locksmithing at her uncle's side. But since then, living back in the States, she has become more private, more subdued. She has been an observer of life rather than an active participant, holding herself back from those around her, including her soon-to-be-ex-husband. Paris never really left Genevieve, and, as her marriage crumbles, she finds herself faced with an incredible opportunity: return to the magical city of her youth to take over her late uncle's shop. But as she absorbs all that Parisian culture has to offer, she realizes the city also holds secrets about her family that could change her forever, and that locked doors can protect you or imprison you, depending on which side of them you stand.

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