The Lost Carousel of Provence

The Lost Carousel of Provence

Large Print - 2019
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"An artist lost to history, a family abandoned to its secrets, and the woman whose search for meaning unearths it all. American photographer Cady Drake shoots local merry-go-rounds, a hobby inspired by a carved wooden rabbit gifted to her following her troubled years in foster care. Now at a crisis point in her life, Cady can't refuse a freelance assignment documenting the antique carousels of Paris. While there, she hopes to track down the true origins of her rabbit, which she has always believed to be carved by French carousel maker Gustave Bayol. Cady's research leads her to Provence, where she discovers a dilapidated carousel carved by Bayol for the grand Ch©Øteau Clement in the early 1900s. After commissioning the carousel, the Clement family struggled to maintain their ancestral home through the two World Wars, buffeted by jealousies passed down through the generations. Despite the carousel's derelict state, Cady longs to restore it--if she can secure the permission of the run-down ch©Øteau's gruff,elderly owner, a man with secrets of his own. 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"--
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018.
ISBN: 9781643580425
Characteristics: 511 pages ;,23 cm.

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Jun 14, 2019

I usually prefer linear story-telling, rather than ones that jump around in different time periods as this novel does. But this one kept me engaged by the strength of its rich characters, especially as the novel nears its end and you see how they all link together. If I had to make a choice, I've always preferred complex character development over a fast-paced plot. This book falls into that category. An easy, entertaining read.

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