Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Juliet Blackwell's The Lost Carousel of Provence AND a new one - The Vineyards of Champagne

I've been a fan of Juliet Blackwell's work for a long time.  

But I have to admit to having a favorite.

"The Lost Carousel of Provence" knocked me out.

I was doing research for "Carousels of Paris" when I heard about Juliet's newest book and was pretty impatient to get my nose into it.

And then  -  -  MAGIC!

I found myself reading about a woman taking off for Paris.  With her camera.  To photograph an antique carousel.

I was totally and completely in love.

I sent Juliet a note and (loong story short - she is every bit as lovely and as gracious as one could hope) she has written a lovely blurb for "Carousels of Paris."

And you know what?

It might be the perfect book for you to read too!

She wrote this on her Facebook page:  "Kaye Wilkinson Barley is coming out with a picture book featuring one of my favorite themes: The Carousels of Paris! Beautiful photos, and perfect companion volume to The Lost Carousel of Provence!"  

(What a wonderful idea, huh?! Why not read Juliet's book, if you haven't already, while you're waiting on The Carousels of Paris!) 😊

And then I'm betting that, if you haven't already, you'll find yourself reading her newest, "The Vineyards of Champagne," 

along with "Letters from Paris," and "The Paris Key."

Juliet Blackwell is an amazing woman, an inspiration and a New York Times Best Selling author.  

In addition to the books I mentioned, she also  writes a Witchcraft series, a Haunted Home Renovation series, an Art Lovers series, along with short stories.

You can find out more by visiting her webpage: 

From Juliet's webpage  "The Lost Carousel of Provence"  :

An artist lost to history, a family abandoned to its secrets, and the woman whose search for meaning unearths it all.

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.

Praise for The Lost Carousel of Provence
"Blackwell uses an outsider’s passion to shine a light into the dark past of a broken family and how a sweet, wooden rabbit can bring them together again."—The Associated Press

“Plan your trip to Provence now. In this meticulously researched novel, Juliet Blackwell deftly navigates three time periods, taking us from contemporary California to both The Belle Époque and Nazi-occupied France as she spins a story as charming as an antique carousel.”—Sally Koslow, author of Another Side of Paradise

“An untrusting American orphan meets a dysfunctional French family—and each turns out to possess wisdom that helps the other to heal from old, old wounds. With crystalline imagery, vivid characters and lively prose, Juliet Blackwell redefines what family means, in a way that will touch readers long after they've read the last page. As Cady points her camera at one antique carousel after another, this novel should come with a warning: Will cause enormous desire to travel to France.”—Stephen P. Kiernan, author of The Baker’s Secret

“Narrating from several perspectives, Blackwell weaves together a tale of love lost, repressed passion, and finding a sense of belonging that should utterly charm and delight readers new to her and current fans alike.”—Booklist

Happy Reading!

1 comment:

Gram said...

Thank you. I put The Lost Carousel of Provence on hold at the library. It sounds delightful. Lucky for me they had a large print version.