Ella, who’s backlist of six novels is being reissued by Bookouture, already has a deservedly large fanbase; this is due to her gift for weaving emotional, consuming tales of the human experience against landmark moments in time. Called a “master of her craft” by Commissioning Editor Maisie Lawrence, she is an international bestseller, and Paris Time Capsule sold in seven territories during its original publication run.
In the book, Ella unfolds the story of Isabelle, trapped and afraid in Nazi-occupied Paris, and frantically plotting an escape before her risky actions catch up with her. In modern-day New York, a bewildered photographer is deemed Isabelle’s sole heir, and retraces her steps to find answers about her fate.
The parcel arrived on an ordinary morning in the mailbox of her New York apartment, postmarked Paris. It was wrapped in brown paper and tied with a silk ribbon. Little did she know that the old brass key and letter it contained were about to turn her life upside down…
1940, Paris. Life is getting desperate for young Isabelle de Florian. Alone with her best friend in her Paris apartment, Isabelle knows that they must seek safety or die. For months she has been playing a dangerous game of secrets with the Nazis, trying to keep the people she loves safe. At last, she secures passage out of the city, packs her best jewels into a small suitcase and steps into the treacherous night…
New York, 2015. Photographer Cat Jordan is shocked when she receives a letter informing her that she is the sole heir of the estate of Isabelle de Florian. She was a friend of Cat’s enigmatic grandmother, who both lived in France until the Nazi occupation forced them to flee. The letter offers few details but is clear on one point: Cat must come to Paris in person.
When she arrives, Cat is enchanted by Isabelle’s beautiful apartment. But why did she leave it to a stranger? Determined to find the truth, Cat investigates her grandmother and Isabelle’s escape from Paris, and discovers that Isabelle was hunted by the Nazis in 1940. But as Cat searches through the dusty letters in the apartment, will the secret she finds change everything she knows about Isabelle and herself?
Reviewers are already taken with Ella’s expert storytelling:
“This is an intelligent read that is instantly easy to get into and I was sorry that it had to end! It was a pure joy to read and you never wanted to skim read any of it!” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
“It took entirely 24 hours to read this book, I could not put it down once… The story itself is magical, with that hidden depth of truth. I would quite happily say this is one of the best books I have read in a very long time and I would advise anyone to read it. Fantastic.” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
“I found this book fascinating. The story was well researched, and mixing fact and fiction made this a wonderful novel. It was such a fascinating story, and the descriptions of France found me turning the pages wanting to find out what was going to happen next.” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
“A fabulous book. The intricate weaving of a superbly written plot with well developed characters around a true historical event. With the descriptions of scenery, residencies, and other intimate details, I felt as if I was there trying to help solve the mystery. Ella Carey weaved an incredible, marvellous story.” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule.
Her books have been published in over twelve territories, and in twelve languages. A Francophile who has long been fascinated by secret histories set in Europe’s entrancing past, Ella has degrees in music, nineteenth-century women’s fiction, and modern European history. She lives in Melbourne and is hard at work on her seventh book.
Paris Time Capsule promises beauty, intrigue and gripping suspense – make sure you add it to your reading list.