To Capture What We Cannot Keep

To Capture What We Cannot Keep

Large Print - 2017
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To be in Paris to witness the construction of the Eiffel Tower is a magnificent occasion: to have a hand, however small, in its building, even better. Jamie Arrol, the nephew of a successful Scottish engineer, talks himself into an apprenticeship. His sister, Alice, and their chaperone, Caitriona Wallace, travel with him, for it is just possible that -Alice might find an acceptable husband in the City of Light. And what of Cait, a widow only too happy to escape penury and the gloom of Scotland for a while? It is she who finds something fleetingly beautiful, a love that in the end must be left behind.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410497741
1410497747
Characteristics: 515 pages ;,23 cm.

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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.

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martha_w
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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