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This is a Spoiler-FREE review!
Read this if you have a trip to Paris booked or else you’ll torture yourself because this book makes you want to buy a one-way ticket there! ‘The Paris Key’ is magical and intriguing and I just wanted to live and breathe in the Paris that it paints. It is romantic, heady and intoxicating and traps your all your senses between the pages.
I bought ‘The Paris Key’ in Australia back in 2016 but only got around to reading it in March of 2018. I thought it would be a tacky contemporary style book but how wrong was I?! It has turned out to be one of my favourite reads of the year and I am recommending it to anyone who wants something light but mysterious and enjoyable at the same time.
Our main character Genevieve Martin, is in a crumbling relationship with her husband of several years. They have totally different interests and mutually come to the decision to end things slowly. Genevieve, remembering Summers holidaying abroad in Paris, France with her Uncle and Aunt decides to visit her French family after the recent death of her Uncle. He owned a Locksmith business that he left to Genevieve’s cousin, Catharine. Catharine doesn’t want the business so she hands it over to Genevieve to inherit as Genevieve had some talent in that area when she was younger and would visit Paris. Things were left on a bad note between Genevieve and Uncle Dave before his death for reason unbeknown to the reader. As the story progresses we find out through flashback chapters to the 80s, when Genevieve’s mother visited Paris, and the current day.
Centred around the Second World War and the contrasts between the Americans and French, set in a beautiful Parisian neighbourhood, ‘The Paris Key’ captures the magic of Paris entirely. Having lived there myself for some time, I can confidently say that ‘The Paris Key’ made me fall back in love with the city due to the Genevieve’s nostalgic memories and accurate descriptions of the City of Lights.
I loved getting to know more about locksmithing, something that I have not seen too often in novels. I found it fascinating and followed it up with some research of my own in that field. I admire Juliet Blackwell’s writing that she was able to write about Dave and Genevieve’s passion for locksmithing so infectiously.
My one complaint with the book – the reason why it didn’t score a full 5/5 stars for me – was that I felt the resolution to the plot was rushed and a tiny bit of an anticlimax. I did however really appreciate the way that Genevieve’s love interest and her end up. Without giving too much away, as this is a spoiler-free review, it is realistic and satisfying at the same time. I gave ‘The Paris Key’ ☆☆☆☆/5 stars.