To Capture What We Cannot Keep: A Novel by Beatrice Colin book review


The Plot

(as taken from GoodReads )

In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris, France–a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a widow who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Émile is expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family’s business and choose a suitable wife. As the Eiffel Tower rises, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, Cait and Émile must decide what their love is worth.

Seamlessly weaving historical detail and vivid invention, Beatrice Colin evokes the revolutionary time in which Cait and Émile live–one of corsets and secret trysts, duels and Bohemian independence, strict tradition and Impressionist experimentation. To Capture What We Cannot Keep, stylish, provocative, and shimmering, raises probing questions about a woman’s place in that world, the overarching reach of class distinctions, and the sacrifices love requires of us all.

The Review

This book brings us compelling relationships set in a beautiful back drop of a French heritage. We are immersed as the reader in a intriguing time period. The story sets among the relationships as the Eiffel Tower is being built. While I felt the story to focus more on the tower than the relationships, it was still a brilliant read. The authentic details of the book grabbed me most as the characters are based upon real people who did contribute to the tower being built. The relationships between the characters were not over dramatized and i liked that the story was not a war setting for once (as most books set in Paris are). A great rainy day read that is sure to capture you! Thanks NetGalley for sending me this book. While I did receive this book in exchange for my review, all thought, feeling and opinions are my own. 4 stars!

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