To Capture What We Cannot Keep

To Capture What We Cannot Keep

Large Print - 2017
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"Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young widow and an engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love. In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Emile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a widow who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Emile is expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family's business and choose a suitable wife. As the Eiffel Tower rises, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, Cait and Emile must decide what their love is worth. Seamlessly weaving historical detail and vivid invention, Beatrice Colin evokes the revolutionary time in which Cait and Emile live--one of corsets and secret trysts, duels and Bohemian independence, strict tradition and Impressionist experimentation. To Capture What We Cannot Keep, stylish, provocative, and shimmering, raises probing questions about a woman's place in that world, the overarching reach of class distinctions, and the sacrifices love requires of us all"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9781410497741
Branch Call Number: Large Print Fiction / Colin, Beatrice
Characteristics: 515 pages.


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Dec 31, 2018

Enjoyable read. Compelling characters set in a very interesting period. The Eiffel tower provides a great historical background.

Nicr Jun 08, 2018

Émile Nouguier, co-designer of the Eiffel Tower, is the romantic interest of Scottish Cait in this unconventional romance conventionally told. The details about construction of the Tower are fascinating, as are those of nineteenth-century Paris.

samdog123 Nov 20, 2017

Interesting details about the construction of the Eiffel Tower, class structures and love that doesn't fit the social norms of the day.

abruzzo79 Mar 20, 2017

Fascinating tale of the construction of the Eiffel Tower and forbidden love.

martins_mom Feb 05, 2017

A great historical novel set in Paris in the 1880's, as well as a fine love story. I always enjoy reading about social mores from another time - and how sad living up to the expectations of others can make us.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Nov 14, 2016

Historical fiction that is based on real people can sometimes be frustrating for me, as it at times feels like the author is reduced to simply listing the events in the real figures' lives rather than telling a proper story; however, this was good! It helped that I'd never heard of the people involved and knew next-to-nothing about the construction of the Eiffel Tower before reading this book. This is romantic and unhurried, and Paris is a character in and of itself (as it should be). I read this a couple of months ago, pre-release, and I can't say it's stuck in my mind as a particularly memorable read, but it's still an enjoyable one.


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