Release day: From a Paris Balcony
Today is the official release of From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey (ebook and print, Lake Union Publishing). Here’s the blurb:
Heartbroken and alone, Boston art curator Sarah West is grieving the recent deaths of her parents and the end of her marriage. Ultrasensible by nature, she’s determined to stay the course to get her life back on track. But fate has something else in mind. While cleaning out her father’s closet, she finds a letter from the famous Parisian courtesan Marthe de Florian, dated 1895. The subject? Sarah’s great-great-aunt Louisa’s death. Legend has it Louisa committed suicide … but this letter implies there’s more to that story.
Determined to learn the truth, Sarah, against her nature, impulsively flies to Paris. There she’s drawn into the world of her flatmate, the brilliant artist Laurent Chartier. As she delves deep into the glittering Belle Époque to unravel the mystery, Sarah finds that her aunt’s story may offer her exactly what she needs to open up to love again.
Following Sarah in the present day and Louisa in the 1890s, this moving novel spans more than a century to tell the stories of two remarkable women.
Ella dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
I felt so connected to this book as I wrote. It started, like all my novels do, with a true story, and evolved into a love story dedicated to a time, a place and to my characters who took the skein of the true event and wove it into their own tale, a tale during which I think the thing that struck me was how hard it could be for people who lived over one hundred years ago to have those things that we, in some ways, take for granted these days—the right to a career, and the right to choose the person with whom we are going to spend our lives … I hope that Louisa’s love story will resonate with you, as much as Sarah’s contemporary tale set in Paris will also inspire you to be with the person you love and to do what it is that you are born to do. Thank you for having me at ARRA!