A review of I'll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable

Three women, born generations apart.
One mysterious book that threads their lives together.
A journey of love, discovery, and truth…

I’ll See You in Paris is based on the real life of Gladys Spencer-Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, a woman whose life was so rich and storied it could fill several books. Nearly a century after Gladys’s heyday, a young woman’s quest to understand the legendary Duchess takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a dilapidated manse kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately to Paris, where answers will be found at last. In the end, she not only solves the riddle of the Duchess, but uncovers the missing pieces in her own life.

At once a great love story and literary mystery, I’ll See You in Paris will entertain and delight, with an unexpected ending that will leave readers satisfied and eager for Gable’s next novel.

  • St. Martin's Press
  • Thomas Dunne Books
  • February 2016
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781250070630
  • ISBN10: 1250070635
The blue book featured on the cover is the subject of the first present day storyline . It covers a mother and daughter relationship, Annie and her mom, Laurel.  Laurel carries this blue book around and won't let Annie see it. Annie never knew her father and without giving much away, she gets her hands on this book, reads it and nothing in her life remains the same afterwards. Most of the novel presents two other storylines featuring different women some experiences based upon the happenings of a real life woman named Gladys Deacon (later Spencer-Churchill) Duchess of Marlborough.  I enjoyed this novel much more than I expected to. I don't want to give much away but I can tell you that there is lots of family intrigue, clever situations, humor and it is loads of fun to read. The one thing that was annoying to me was the writer interviews featured by some of the female characters in a tyewriter font. This took away from the action of the novel. It was just too much information. Also, something interesting was how in one storyline each chapter included an introductory paragraph detailing the real life of the Duchess of Marlborough. I enjoyed it except that the font they used was very small and very light on the page making it hard to read.  

If you enjoyed her previuous Paris themed novel, 'A Paris Apartment' I am sure you will want to add this one to your list and give it a read.

Thank you to St. Martin's Press Thomas Dunne Books for my hardcover edition review copy. 

The publishing date is February 9th, 2016. 

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