I discovered I’ll See You in Paris while shelving some books at the city library, and fell in love with both the cover and the title! Although not much of this book actually takes place in Paris, the title is what drew me to this book.
This book begins with Laurel and Annie (mother and daughter) preparing to go on a trip to England, where Laurel has to deal with some legal business. While there, Laurel is off on her own for hours at a time, and begins acting increasingly vague, secretive and distant. For a mother/daughter trip, Annie and Laurel don’t spend a lot of time together, which adds to Annie’s confusion and boredom.
Left on her own much of the time, Annie stumbles on a mystery about a missing duchess which intrigues her to learn more. Through reading, breaking into an old house, and an interview with a local villager, she is able to piece together a decades old mystery, a love story, and ultimately her own history.
The story is thoroughly enjoyable, and I loved the setting and characters—they each have their own unique voice. I loved that a handful of characters knew classic literature, and quoted it often. Nods at books within books is something I enjoy! One of my favorite lines was quoted by H.G. Wells: “We all have our time machines, don’t we? Those that take us back are memories … And those that carry us forward are dreams.”
In conclusion, the story resolved a little too quickly for me, with several details wrapped up in an email. Nevertheless, I loved the story, especially because it kept me guessing. I definitely want to read other books by Michelle Gable!
Content: Some strong language.