August 17, 2018 by TinyNavajo
The Collector’s Apprentice by B.A. Shapiro
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*Expected publication October 16, 2018*
This was another ARC I picked up at ALA New Orleans and it was one that sounded up my alley when I actually read contemporary books. And it most definitely was; it also was something that I wasn’t expecting.
Paulien Mertens is alone in Paris in 1922 and she’s still not sure how she ended up there. Just a few weeks ago she was engaged to be married to a wonderful man, her family was working towards all they dreamed up and life was looking like it was about to take off for her. Right now though, everyone – including her family – believes that she pulled a con with George, her now ex-fiancee, to cheat everyone out of their money and made a run for it. Paulien now needs to figure out how to support herself in a city where she only used to come for the art.
Paulien realizes that the life that she wanted with her fiancee (from hell) is not going to happen. To protect her family from the wrath of those who were taken advantage of by George, she creates a new identity; a French woman by the name of Vivienne Gregsby. She is now out to recover her father’s beloved art collection, as well as exact revenge on George.
Vivienne is offered the perfect job to do all of these things by an eccentric art collector by the name of Edwin Bradley, from America. Being taken under this art collector’s wing, Vivienne is exposed to a world she hoped to touch as Paulien, but is now involved in as Vivienne. As she continues towards her goals, she moves to America where she works with Bradley to curate his art collection and art appreciation school, she realizes that she’s coming close to all that she wanted. Until George reappears in her life and she is arrested for the murder of Edwin Bradley.
I love this book! I’m not a fan of mystery in contemporary books, but this was an amazing one for me! It makes me want to read other Shapiro books to see if they all hold up to the standard this one now is for me.
What books have you tried outside of your comfort zone that just excited you? Why did they excite you? Comment below and let me know!