Paris Time Capsule: Heartbreaking, emotional and gripping historical fiction

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An utterly unforgettable and heartbreaking novel about a young woman whose life was ripped apart by the Second World War and the power her story holds today. From bestselling author Ella Carey, Paris Time Capsule shows that pulling on the tiniest thread of a life can unravel everything you thought you knew, and change your world forever.

The parcel arrived on an ordinary morning in the mailbox of her New York apartment, postmarked Paris. It was wrapped in brown paper and tied with a silk ribbon. Little did she know that the old brass key and letter it contained were about to turn her life upside down…

1940, Paris. Life is getting desperate for young Isabelle de Florian. Alone with her best friend in her apartment as the Germans tighten their hold on Paris, Isabelle knows that they must seek safety or die. For months she has been playing a dangerous game of secrets with the Nazis, trying to keep the people she loves safe. At last, she secures passage out of the city, packs her best jewels into a small suitcase and steps into the treacherous night…

New York, 2015. Photographer Cat Jordan is shocked when she receives a letter informing her that she is the sole heir of the estate of Isabelle de Florian. She was a friend of Cat’s enigmatic grandmother, who both lived in France until the Nazi occupation forced them to flee. The letter offers few details but is clear on one point: Cat must come to Paris in person.

When she arrives, Cat is enchanted by Isabelle’s beautiful apartment. But why did she leave it to a stranger? Determined to find the truth, Cat investigates her grandmother and Isabelle’s escape from Paris, and discovers that Isabelle was hunted by the Nazis in 1940. But as Cat searches through the dusty letters in the apartment, will the secret she finds change everything she knows about Isabelle and herself?

From bestselling author Ella Carey comes an utterly spellbinding novel about wartime secrets. Fans of Rhys Bowen, The Nightingale and My Name is Eva will keep this story close forever.

This book was first published in 2015.

Readers are utterly captivated by Paris Time Capsule!


Wonderful! Wonderful!!!! I absolutely fell in love with this book!!!!! Such a timeless piece of work! This book will forever make me love Paris!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Absolutely stunning from start to finish. From the moment the author took me inside the apartment I was hopelessly trapped!I was so lost in this stunning world… Simply magical… I highly recommend this read.”


WOW... Just wowI absolutely love this story and these characters... This story is filled with everything from romance to mystery.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

OMG! This book is so wonderful! I would absolutely love to get a letter saying there was an apartment in Paris with my name on it, an apartment that had been left locked up for years no less. AHH!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow. Just wow. This was an absolutely gorgeous readI was hooked. It’s rare I find a book that I don’t want to finish because I was enjoying it so much but this is one of them.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


I was hooked and could’ve read all night… The twists and turns were ones I didn’t see coming. I loved it!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hooked from the first page and would keep turning the pages till late at night, trying to unravel the mystery this story is. It is a mysterious, thrilling and suspenseful story.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Great story! Loved the suspense and meeting the different characters who impacted the story. Definitely didn’t see the end coming the way it did! Perfect mix of mystery and romance... Highly recommend!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I read it in one sitting and just couldn’t put it down… Just so good and the characters are rich and full. Don’t miss this one.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Absolutely stunning from start to finishCaptured my attention so I wished I could climb inside this book… Everything about this book was simply magical.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved this book. I absolutely loved it! I devoured this book over the course of two days.” Around the World in Books

Ratings and reviews

4 reviews
October 7, 2020
I remember when news of this apartment broke about ten years ago with images of its amazing contents left undisturbed since World War II. This apartment captured the imagination of many, but none more so than Ella Carey who was inspired to write three novels based around this fantastic discovery. Paris Time Capsule is the first of the trilogy and is a delightful blend of fact and fiction. When Cat Jordan receives a parcel from Paris containing a key, she is unable to grasp that she has been left an apartment in Paris. Cat travels to Paris at the urging of the solicitor, leaving behind her fiancé and her job in a photographic studio. None of her questions regarding the inheritance are answered to her satsifaction. She only knows that the connection is through her grandmother, which doesn't explain why Isabelle de Florian would leave property to Cat's family and not her own. Cat is surprised when Isabelle de Florian's grandson, Loic Archer, arrives when she is about to view the apartment. The solicitor had assured her that there were no other claimants. Now that relatives have come forward, Cat believes she has no claim to the inheritance, but Loic disagrees citing that his mother will respect his grandmother's wishes. With Cat offering to share or hand over the apartment and its treasures, and Loic's mother determined not to accept Cat's generosity, it seems that they have reached an impasse until Loic's mother asks Cat to delve into the mystery. Not all the family is happy with Cat's decision to do this, and Loic, although he believes things are better left alone, agrees to help. Spending so much time together it is inevitable that Cat and Loic become more than friends. Complicating the issue is Cat's fiancé who insists she come home as they have a wedding to plan, but she is reluctant to return to New York until she uncovers the mystery. So fielding telephone calls from New York regarding wedding arrangements and fighting her feelings for Loic, Cat follows the trail of Isabelle de Florian to uncover a sad but amazing tale. Paris Time Capsule is a captivating story from Ella Carey, taking the reader back to the grand times of the Belle Epoch and the dangerous and uncertain times of the Nazi occupation. Not only does she deliver a heart warming romance, but also an intriguing mystery and a plausible explanation for the abandonment of this treasure-filled apartment. A high point of this novel, thanks to Carey's vivid descriptions, is the moment that Cat opens the door to the apartment. The reader shared Cat's wonderment and incredulity of this Aladdin's cave, right down to the smell of musty air tinged with the scent of stale perfume, and the excitement of discovering that Boldini portrait of Marthe de Florian, the original owner of the apartment. Overall, this was a quick and very entertaining read, which will appeal to readers of romantic fiction who also enjoy mysteries with links the past.
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Third-party review
Good plot idea based on a true discovery, and well enough written, but the book begins almost as chick lit and ends dealing with some serious topics. Too large a shift in tone. I wish it had been more serious throughout.
Third-party review
well couldnt you tell from the first. Christian was not right for Cat. Had to keep reading and it was a wet day, to make sure she woke up to herself. love the book

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