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cover69955-mediumThe Paris Key

By Juliet Blackwell

NAL

Sept. 1, 2015

384 pages

Kindle, Paperback, Audible, Audio CD

 

“The Paris Key” focuses on Genevieve who is at a crossroads of her life. What happiness she had descended into nonexistence with the death of her mother and then when her husband breaks their marriage vows and she can no longer trust him.

She recalls Paris where she spent time with her Uncle Dave and her Aunt Pasquale. She now has the opportunity to walk away from her unfulfilled life in San Francisco and take over her uncle’s locksmith shop in Paris. Her husband’s affair is the perfect excuse. Now she must become a foreign national, a certified locksmith, learn French and a different lifestyle.

As she begins to settle into the apartment, her uncle’s old friends start visiting. One, an older gentlemen, Philippe D’Artavel, introduces himself and asks if she can finish the work her uncle started. Before he leaves this world, he wishes to have all the locks on his estate’s doors fixed for the next generation. Shortly after his arrival, a younger man approaches Genevieve requesting her services even though the shop has not legally opened yet. Seems Killian is locked out of his place. A friendship is kindled. Will it become something more?

Chapter by chapter you are not only a witness to Genevieve’s experiences, but her mother’s, as well. The book goes back and forth focusing on both women’s lives. It reveals her mother’s discontentment. Angela hates being the wife of a farmer. She hungers for a different type of life, one with culture, excitement, romance and less draining demands. Angela sees Paris as an escape. Her daughter considers it a challenge. While I know this storyline is revealing the truth about both their lives, it seems as if they are moving in the same path. The difference is a decision to remain in Paris and to take a chance and love again. The unique storyline does take some getting used to, but it’s good to see someone dare to be different. I was interested in how both women’s lives unfolded, but my interest lie more with the daughter because she was so courageous to try to start over in a new city. Angela’s frustration might have been lessened if she told her husband how she felt and if they could find some time for themselves. She definitely further complicated her life. But, we’re only human. We make decisions and then deal with the consequences for the rest of our lives.

Four and a half out of five old keys

Denise Fleischer

gottawritenetwork.wordpress.com

April 1, 2016

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