Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young widow and an engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love.
In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris--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.
Polly Stone, who was praised for her use of French accents in her reading of The Nightingale, will bring the same talent to her narration of To Capture What We Cannot Keep.
"Stone's French accents add authenticity and a sense of place to her reading." – AudioFile on The Nightingale
©2016 Beatrice Colin (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
The storyline was interesting, but slow moving at times, but performances made up for that. The musical interludes throughout were annoying and di not add to the enjoyment of the Los tending.
This was exactly as advertised - love the period it take place during, the building of the Eiffel Tower. It is well written and remains engaging throughout. I would definitely recommend.
This was part historical fiction and part romance. I expected a lot more about the Eiffel Tower. At the epilogue the author just neatly cleans up all the messes and creates an ending that is weak and not what the book has led us to. It was too shallow in most aspects. The reader is one I enjoy a lot in other works but in this there should have been Scottish accents and French accents. Very disappointing to hear American English accent for all.
Who would think that a story about the creation of the Eiffel Tower could be dull but it so was. Mostly nothing ever happens in this story and when there is action it is completely implausible. Skip this book.
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