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The Lost Carousel of Provence

Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An artist lost to history, a family abandoned to its secrets, and the woman whose search for meaning unearths it all in a sweeping and expressive story from The New York Times best-selling author of Letters from Paris.

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.

©2018 Julie Goodson-Lawes (P)2018 Tantor

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Loved It!

I became immersed in the story, and lost track of time and stayed up all night to finish. The author's words paint a very vivid picture with so much info about France, French food, the French people, it's history, that I felt that I was there, with a very knowledgeable guide. I think I could smell the wonderful aromas too! I don't think I will ever look at a carousel the same again. What an art form. Xe Sands is a great narrator, and is very good at using her voice to distinguish the different characters. I loved all the nuances. Writer and narrator are a great combo.

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  • Alexis
  • S.F. Bay Area, United States
  • 09-20-18

Wonderful new novel set in France!

I just finished the audio version of The Lost Carousel of Provence! Thank you for another fabulous read. I loved it! The premise, the characters, the Juliet Blackwell style and, of course, the great XE Sands narration! BRAVA ❣️❤️❣️

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An interesting read.

This was a light and enjoyable story with compelling main characters. Narration was good, perhaps a little too soft at times but overall good plot, interesting turns, credible dialogue.

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Beautiful story.Beautifully read.

loved it. unputdownable.learned a lot about France in war + carousels + so much more!!

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Trouble hearing narrators in car

I primarily listen many hours in the car. When the accented voices also dropped to a low level the combination took away my usual enjoyment. Also found the resolution of the story too predictable.

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Paris and a carousel and Chateau

Whats not to like! Xe Sands is one of the best Narrators so makes listening a pleasure. The story line took a little to get into but once in, HOOKED. The only difficulty was bouncing between date lines but again once you are ingrained in the story it is not an issue to follow along. Thought the ending was knitted together a little abruptly and too quickly. Like there was a chapter missing. But none the less, loved it.
First Juliet Blackwell I have read/listened to that has not been part of a series

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Gentle read

Just Loved the book and the reader
So Warm and delicious on a rainy day!

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Makes you want to know more!

With multiple stories and lives intertwined, it makes you want to to know more about each character. The imagery and music takes you on a journey through France.

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A sweet surprise (No Spoilers)

I almost didn’t buy this book, but I was in a hurry and about to leave for a long drive, so I did. I am delighted that I did. It wasn’t at all what I expected from the synopsis but instead was an intriguing and charming story about finding where you fit into the world. Excellent well defined characters fill out three separate story lines that inter twine and weave a heartbreaking fable that somehow all comes out well in the end. I’ve never read Juliet Blackwell before, but she will be on my Go To list from now on.

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Loved this story, you will too.

Xerox Sands brings to life another great novel by Juliette Blackwell. A story of longing to belong, findings one's true place and of lives entwined in loves found and lost makes for a very multi faceted story that moves from past family history to present day beautifully. I love Juliette Blackwell's work and look forward eagerly to the next one.