Available November 29th: To Capture What We Cannot Keep

Available November 29th: To Capture What We Cannot Keep

****4/5 stars

25901561A fictional portrayal of a man who designed and built the Eiffel Tower

Recommended readers:

  • Lovers of Paris
  • Parisian lovers
  • Francophiles

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall


Someday, perhaps, I will be able to resist an enigmatically-titled historical fiction novel with a misty picture of the Eiffel Tower on the cover. Alas, today is not that day.  To Capture What We Cannot Keep explores the romantic entanglements of Émile Nouguier, an architect and engineer who built the Eiffel Tower, and the initially disdainful Parisian reaction to the “modern” tower. Though only intended to last through the World’s Fair Exhibition of 1890, Eiffel’s tower became a marvel of modern engineering, a new form of art, and the symbol of France. This is a novel full of beautiful historical detail and discussions of class and modernity, a wonderful way to escape to a Paris on the cusp of great change.

Available November 29th:  To Capture What We Cannot Keep


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