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 some rich hoarder’s repository. Beneath the cobwebs and stale perfumed
air is a goldmine, and not because of the actual gold (or painted ostrich eggs
or mounted rhinoceros horns or bronze bathtub). First, there’s a portrait by
one of the masters of the Belle Epoque, Giovanni Boldini. And then there are
letters and journals written by the very woman in the painting, Marthe de
Florian. These documents reveal that she was more than a renowned courtesan
with enviable décolletage. Suddenly April’s quest is no longer about the bureaux plats and Louis-style armchairs
that will fetch millions at auction. It’s about discovering the story behind
this charismatic woman.
It’s about discovering two women, actually.
With the help of a salty (and annoyingly sexy) Parisian
solicitor and the courtesan’s private diaries, April tries to uncover the many secrets
buried in the apartment. As she digs into Marthe’s life, April can’t help but
take a deeper look into her own. Having left behind in the States a cheating
husband, a family crisis about to erupt, and a career she’s been using as the
crutch to simply get by, she feels compelled to sort out her own life too. When
the things she left bubbling back home begin to boil over, and Parisian
delicacies beyond flaky pâtisseries tempt her better judgment, April knows that
both she and Marthe deserve happy finales. Download and start listening now!