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A Paris Apartment

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  13,908 ratings  ·  1,420 reviews
Bienvenue à Paris!

When April Vogt's boss tells her about an apartment in the ninth arrondissement that has been discovered after being shuttered for the past seventy years, the Sotheby's continental furniture specialist does not hear the words “dust” or “rats” or “decrepit.” She hears Paris. She hears escape.

Once in France, April quickly learns the apartment is not merely
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2014)
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Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I guess you have to rate your own book 5-stars, sort of like you have to think your kids are cute.
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I'm obviously in the minority here, but the only reason I stayed with this book was the Paris setting. I was intrigued by a story about an appraiser of furniture for an auction house and a mysterious Paris apartment, but April Vogt did not appeal to me as a character at all. I found her too self- absorbed for my taste and her obsession with Marthe Florian seemed contrived. The flashback sections provided by Marthe's journal entries held the same flatness for me. I just couldn't work up the ...more
Nov 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
Just really didn't like the characters, which kept me from liking or caring about what happened to them. Loved the premise and looked up Marthe de Florian after reading this book. Such an interesting life she would have lived. I hadn't known about her apartment being locked for 70 years, which I can only imagine what that apartment must have held. Unfortunately, this book just didn't hold my interest. The word provenance was used entirely way too much, very quickly became annoying. April was als ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book had a lot of potential. Then it didn't.

What Went Wrong:

-April: As usual, a shitty protagonist with non-existent character depth; selfish in 900 different ways and bitchy about it. April is supposed to evaluate the furniture for this abandoned apartment in Paris for it to be auctioned and all she does is get hung up on the original apartment owner's private diaries. This would be okay if she actually did her job, but nooo, April only does 3 things: Read the diary, burp champagne and che
Aug 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm so disappointed in this book. It sounded great, the reviews seemed good and I love to read anything (almost) about Paris.

What went wrong? It's an intriguing idea - the closed apartment full of treasures, the two story lines, the parrallels and mysteries between the mother stories, even the marriage angst. It could have, should have, been a great read.

But no. It made me reflect on how some writers can find the exact correct word or phrase to make a story come alive, how sometimes a sentence i
Deborah Ledford
A bit of truth mixed with the imagination of a gifted author spotlights Paris past and present in this exceptional debut novel. Sure to be a bestseller, A PARIS APARTMENT captivated me from the first page. Every character and setting is crafted with the precision of a master artist.

The intriguing element of brilliantly composed 1890s Paris journal entries (written by a most fascinating female character) adds a layer of intrigue as the story weaves leading lady April Vogt’s contemporary journey a
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Paris in the late 1800's​ during the Belle Epoque​, antique furniture and paintings, and journals from an apartment's original inhabitant. All of these things made A PARIS APARTMENT a book that will keep you glued to the pages.

Who wouldn't want to go to Paris? April was an art history major and an auctioneer. When her boss told her she would be going to Paris to put value on an apartment's contents that had been closed up for 70 years, she couldn't pass up the chance even though her marriage was
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I was a history major as an undergrad. There's a reason for that: I love history, in all its forms. I enjoy conjecture in my history, too, so long as its based on evidence. What I don't like, however, is when a fictional story is spun around someone who actually lived. That's what happened here.

Of course I'd heard about the apartment in Paris that had been closed for 70 years and was discovered just a few years ago. What an incredible find! And I remembered that a valuable painting had been foun
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Mar 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
I admire any first time author who has the courage and fortitude to keep writing and get a novel (any novel) published, so it is with mixed feelings that I must tell you I tried to look at this debut from several different viewpoints, but there is no getting around my disappointment.

Perhaps I had unrealistically high expectations - what a great story could be told -- the unopened apartment, the story behind the painting, Marthe and the time of the Belle Epoque. Then contrast that with the modern
This book was a disappointment to me. I adored the concept--an apartment is found in Paris that hasn't been opened for 70 years, and a furniture curator from New York gets to go spend a month there, going through it, working with Sotheby's to put together an auction for the heirs. Journals are discovered in the apartment, written by the former occupant, and the book is told from two points of view--the owner of the things and the cataloger of the things. And, oh, set in Paris of the late 1800s a ...more
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book hooked me from page one -- and I ended up staying up almost all night in order to finish it. I loved the story line and the clever imagining of how that apartment in Paris came to be locked away, seemingly forgotten. It was so clever and well done. I was quickly taken in by April's story and her own personal pains, only to have Marthe's layered on top of that. And this is a first-timer? I look forward to seeing what Gable comes up with next! ...more
Judy D Collins
A PARIS APARTMENT by Michelle Gable, a fantastic debut novel, making you yearn to return to beautiful Paris, and all the French has to offer. From the inviting front cover to its escape within the journals of the former owner, Marthe de Florian in the 1900s, and the engrossing mystery – A winner!

April, works for the auction house Sotheby’s, as a continental furniture specialist, and travels to Paris to evaluate the contents of an apartment which have been vacant for over seventy years. She al
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-dl, 2016, dual-timeline
What do you do when you are reading a dual timeline story, and you love one of them and are bored to tears by the other one? How do you rate the book?

The author took what could have been a fascinating true story and blew it. Not only did she play fast and loose with historical facts, but she fleshed out the present day story with an onslaught of unrelenting angst from the main character. Will she, won’t she… can she, can’t she… should she, shouldn’t she… could she, couldn’t she… blah, blah, blah
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melanie by: Heather
When I started to read this book, I did not first look at the author's page - how silly I was! The story is based on a real apartment, real people, real struggles, and life in the Belle Epoque.

The novel takes an auction investigation into the past lives of a demimondaine, Marte de Florian, whose friends and loves included the artist Giovani Boldini, Marcel Proust, and others whom the reader will recognize. April Vogt, sent to Paris by Sotheby's to assess the contents of a long-sealed apartment,
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book by my talented friend Michelle Gable! AMAZING that this smart, finance executive is such a gifted novelist too.

You have probably heard about the real Paris apartment on which this book was based, which was closed up for over 70 years and stuffed with valuable art and antiques. This book is a fictionalized tale of how that apartment came to be. The strengths of this book are the character development (April & Marthe in particular), the full immersion in both modern day and 19th/ea
Jun 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Only made it about halfway through, with effort, and tonight I stumbled into some pretty clumsy writing and refused to spend more time on it. How is this book's average rating almost a 4? The premise of the story has appeal, but I feel like it's already been done, and much more skillfully. ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
A melodramatic piece of fluff!!!
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
The true story …

In 1942, just before the onset of WWII, Madame De Florian closed and locked the door to her apartment in Paris and fled to the south of France. Although all expenses and upkeep were paid, the apartment was never rented and Madame De Florian never returned to it. Almost seventy years later Madame died at the ripe old age of 91 and the existence of the apartment was discovered. As the auctioneer tasked with taking inventory of the contents opened the door he realized that he had ju
Danielle Vemeulen
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was 4.5 for but loved the whole last third/half so much that I round up. It didn't grab me in the beginning, not to say I didn't like it but it wasn't until mid way that I needed to know more. It is a very real book. I really love reading a book and feeling that I learned something; a new point of view, an empathy for someone I wouldn't normally empathize and an understanding of a perspective different from what I may initially think or feel. Refreshing in many ways. Great read. ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I went to the library looking for the author's newest book, which they did not have in stock, and saw this one and thought I'd give it a try. What a delight! It's so nice to have no expectations for or knowledge of a book and come away completely surprised and happy.
I enjoyed this book so much. It's not a deep novel but completely pleasant. It delves hundreds of years into Paris's past and surrounds you with detailed descriptions by way of journal entries. I enjoy historical fiction and like whe
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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T. Greenwood
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel was totally delicious...a forgotten time-capsule of an apartment in Paris, a troubled young woman charged with assessing its contents' value for auction, and a diary filled with a secret history. A Paris Apartment transported me in both time and place. I enjoyed this so, so much and am so thrilled for Michelle and her terrific debut. I can't wait for #2. ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michelle Gable's 2014 novel is for anyone willing to let a book show you where it will go. I settled at three stars but the sojourn was pleasant. "A Paris Apartment" popped up via Juliet Blackwell's "The Paris Key". Incredulously, an expensive suite closed for 70 years was discovered recently! This definitely would spark writers' imaginations! Until I indulge in facts, I don't know how many actual relatives Michelle presented, so I will describe this story fictionally.

A furniture expert examines
MaryannC. Book Freak
Ok, upon further contemplation of Paris Apartment, I decided to bump up my original rating of 3.5 stars to 3.75 stars. I did enjoy this, it was atmospheric, the sights and sounds of Paris came alive for me reading this and now I have to see Paris before I die, which hopefully wont be a for long time so I can finally get there. But anyhow, all the richness of this wonderful city was within the pages of this story, the history, the people, the food, but at times I found April maddening, so unsure ...more
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely a feel good novel with alittle mystery thrown in. April the main character has just been called to Paris where an apartment that has been clsoed for 70 yrs has just been opened & the items are being placed for auction. Since she is a furniture expert she is sent to help catalog & appraise the items. She gets swept up in the mystery behind all the items when a journal kept by the courtesan is discovered. While she is struggling with her own personal issues it is clear she has ...more
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It took me forever to get through this book, it just didn't keep calling me to it, but I liked the story overall. Furniture specialist, April, goes to Paris, to an apartment that has been left empty for 70 years and while estimating all the belongings within she finds journals of the women's life who lived there so long ago, and gets caught up in the life of this women. ...more

Had I not started reading A Paris Apartment rather late in the evening, I would have finished in a single sitting. Michelle Gable has crafted a wonderfully detailed, intensely engaging, and SUCH a readable novel - and it's her debut!

April Vogt's life is at a crossroads; her husband recently came clean about a one-night stand while away on a business trip and the revelation sent April reeling. Not only was she not expecting the news, but now she's not entir
Hannah Fielding
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the premise of the book. The Parisian apartment on which this story is based captured my imagination when it was discovered some years back, and I was thrilled to discover an author had been inspired by it for a fictional work.

Of the two women’s stories, Marthe’s most enthralled me. I absolutely loved the depiction of her era – the Belle Epoque– and all the colourful characters and behaviours that characterised it. It was a little like the setting for the movie Moulin Rouge, o
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
There should be a whole new category of women’s fiction; novels based on the events of the past touching the present, and perhaps even affecting the future. Debut novelist Michelle Gable has produced a consummate example of this type of fiction in A Paris Apartment. Inspired by true events the novel explores the lives of two extraordinary women, one a present day expert in Continental furniture and the other a courtesan from the Belle Epoch. April Vogt is a bit adrift, almost completely estrange ...more
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not only did I love this book in and of itself, but the fact that it is the debut novel of my childhood friend made it that much more fun and exciting to read.

What a fantastic "escape" to Paris through the eyes of a modern-day Sotheby's furniture expert and also through the journals of a famous "demimondaine" of the Belle Epoque era. The story goes back and forth between the two time periods and both stories are well done.

This book is extremely well-researched and beautifully written. You would
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Michelle Gable is the New York Times Bestselling author of A PARIS APARTMENT, I'LL SEE YOU IN PARIS, THE BOOK OF SUMMER, and THE SUMMER I MET JACK.

Michelle grew up in San Diego and attended The College of William & Mary, where she majored in accounting, as most aspiring writers do. After a twenty-year career in finance, Michelle now writes full-time. She lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, wi

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