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review 2017-10-17 05:00
To Capture What We Cannot Keep
To Capture What We Cannot Keep: A Novel - Beatrice Colin

I admit, I judge a book by its cover. As a graphic designer, it comes with the territory, and a habit it's too late to change at this point. Having said that, I will also say that this habit has only rarely let me down. This book had the tremendous advantage of 1. featuring the Eiffel tower on the cover (compelling for me after staying within feet of it in Paris last summer), and 2. bearing a remarkable resemblance to the cover of All the Light We Cannot See, a huge favorite of mine. While I don't condone knock-off covers, this one, with a similar type layout to Doerr's book, subliminally convinced me it was going to be good. Normally I might feel manipulated, but Colin was able to follow through on the promise I felt when I first laid eyes on this cover, so I'll forgive her (and the cover designer).

 

I am a fan of historical fiction, inspired by real events with larger than life characters and their creations. Before I visited the Eiffel Tower, I didn't know much about the controversy surrounding its creation, and the fear of it being an eyesore is surprising knowing what an icon it has become for the city, many years after it was supposed to be dismantled. There are a couple of plotlines going on here, and of course a little romance thrown in for good measure, but the true story does not require a whole lot of embellishment to make for an interesting tale. The politics of the drawing room and the social scene in Paris provide a backdrop for what becomes a compelling story with a surprisingly satisfying untidy ending.

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review 2017-02-18 12:02
The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae (Cynster Sisters Trilogy, #3) - Stephanie Laurens

Angelica Cynster knew that she was going to have to get to know a man she sees across a crowded room, the necklace from the Lady says that he's for her, little does she think that he's going to kidnap her and bring her to Scotland, little does he know that she's partially good with this plan and is going to help. I kept thinking of the phrase about a man chasing a woman until she caught him.

Thankfully not a Stockholm syndrome story (not quite, she is a bit more enthusiastic because of the necklace before it all starts and she just gets caught up with it. I really enjoyed it. The couple worked for me.

But please, can we have fewer hulking brutes as heroes?

 

I get it, I do get it, big men are interesting to some people but honestly the huge guy and tiny woman trope is just overused at the moment.  It's like people prefer the Beast to the ordinary guy in Beauty and the Beast and all the men in their world are like that.

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review 2016-11-27 20:02
To Capture What We Cannot Keep
To Capture What We Cannot Keep: A Novel - Beatrice Colin

To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin is a love story between an impoverished Scottish widow and a French engineer set in 1800s Paris. This is a time of class structure, strict societal rules, a vibrant art community, and the construction of the Eiffel Tower. It is the history I will remember from this book not the characters or the story.

 

Read my complete review at Memories From Books - To Capture What We Cannot Keep

 

Reviewed based on a publisher’s galley received through NetGalley

 

 

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2016/11/to-capture-what-we-cannot-keep.html
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review 2016-11-14 20:08
To Capture What We Cannot Keep: A Novel - Beatrice Colin
I loved this book. Not only was there a love story, there was a story about the building of the Eiffel Tower. The latter being very interesting. I didn't realize all the turmoil and protests about having it built. Also, the builders were thinking it would only stand for 20 years.

I love historical fiction and learning about different things. So I pleasantly surprised when the book got into the details of the Tower. I also didn't know that Gustave Eiffel was involved in the Panama Canal, as well.

The love story was a sad one. And Gabrielle was a witch with a capital "B".

This was a very entertaining book and I very much enjoyed it. The cover is absolutely beautiful, as well.

Huge thanks to Flatiron Books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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review 2016-11-11 00:00
I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith Read about a third of it. Super meh.
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