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When a deed to an apartment in Paris turns up in an old attic trunk, an estranged mother and daughter must reunite to uncover the secret and mysterious life of a family matriarch—perfect for fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Beekeeper’s Daughter. Hannah Bond has always been a bookworm, which is why she fled Florida—and her unstable, alcoholic mother—for a quiet lif When a deed to an apartment in Paris turns up in an old attic trunk, an estranged mother and daughter must reunite to uncover the secret and mysterious life of a family matriarch—perfect for fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Beekeeper’s Daughter. Hannah Bond has always been a bookworm, which is why she fled Florida—and her unstable, alcoholic mother—for a quiet life leading Jane Austen-themed tours through the British countryside. But on New Year’s Eve, everything comes crashing down when she arrives back at her London flat to find her mother, Marla, waiting for her. Marla’s brought two things with her: a black eye from her ex-boyfriend and an envelope she discovered while cleaning out the attic of Hannah’s childhood home. Its contents? The deed to an apartment in Paris, an old key, and newspaper clippings about the death of a famous writer named Andres Armand. Hannah, wary of her mother’s motives, reluctantly agrees to accompany her to Paris, where against all odds, they discover great-grandma Ivy’s one-bedroom apartment frozen in 1940 and covered in layers of dust and cobwebs. As Hannah and Marla uncover clues about great-grandma Ivy in the nooks and crannies of the apartment—including a diary detailing evenings spent drinking and dancing with Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds—they trace her steps through the city in an attempt to understand why she never mentioned her life in Paris before settling in Florida during the war. A heartwarming and charming saga set in the City of Lights, Lost in Paris is an unforgettable celebration of family and the love between a mother and a daughter.


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When a deed to an apartment in Paris turns up in an old attic trunk, an estranged mother and daughter must reunite to uncover the secret and mysterious life of a family matriarch—perfect for fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Beekeeper’s Daughter. Hannah Bond has always been a bookworm, which is why she fled Florida—and her unstable, alcoholic mother—for a quiet lif When a deed to an apartment in Paris turns up in an old attic trunk, an estranged mother and daughter must reunite to uncover the secret and mysterious life of a family matriarch—perfect for fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Beekeeper’s Daughter. Hannah Bond has always been a bookworm, which is why she fled Florida—and her unstable, alcoholic mother—for a quiet life leading Jane Austen-themed tours through the British countryside. But on New Year’s Eve, everything comes crashing down when she arrives back at her London flat to find her mother, Marla, waiting for her. Marla’s brought two things with her: a black eye from her ex-boyfriend and an envelope she discovered while cleaning out the attic of Hannah’s childhood home. Its contents? The deed to an apartment in Paris, an old key, and newspaper clippings about the death of a famous writer named Andres Armand. Hannah, wary of her mother’s motives, reluctantly agrees to accompany her to Paris, where against all odds, they discover great-grandma Ivy’s one-bedroom apartment frozen in 1940 and covered in layers of dust and cobwebs. As Hannah and Marla uncover clues about great-grandma Ivy in the nooks and crannies of the apartment—including a diary detailing evenings spent drinking and dancing with Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds—they trace her steps through the city in an attempt to understand why she never mentioned her life in Paris before settling in Florida during the war. A heartwarming and charming saga set in the City of Lights, Lost in Paris is an unforgettable celebration of family and the love between a mother and a daughter.

30 review for Lost in Paris

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Women's Fiction book with a little bit of Historical Fiction. The historical fiction parts of this book is diary pages of the Great Grandmother diary, and the diary page is less then 10% of this book. It does bring a lot to the book, but I just want to to let the people that is looking for a historical fiction book that just may not be the book for you. This book is told from the point of view of Hannah who is a big bookworm. I loved her character. This book is all about Hannah learnin This is a Women's Fiction book with a little bit of Historical Fiction. The historical fiction parts of this book is diary pages of the Great Grandmother diary, and the diary page is less then 10% of this book. It does bring a lot to the book, but I just want to to let the people that is looking for a historical fiction book that just may not be the book for you. This book is told from the point of view of Hannah who is a big bookworm. I loved her character. This book is all about Hannah learning to get along with her Mother, and Hannah and her Mother learning about family secrets her Grandmother never told them about. This book is so well written, and I loved it so much. I have to say it took a little bit to get going, and it took me a few chapters to be pulled into the story. I found the storyline/plot to be so great, and one I have not seen in a book before. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Gallery Books) or author (Elizabeth Thompson) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Rochester

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Honestly? There is a good chance I will request any fiction book having to do with Paris...and some nonfiction. So I requested it just based on the title and I liked the cover of it as well but once I read what it was actually about, I couldn't wait to get into it. This would be a dream come true for me :) Hannah and her mother have a strained relationship due to past events but suddenly, an apartment Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Honestly? There is a good chance I will request any fiction book having to do with Paris...and some nonfiction. So I requested it just based on the title and I liked the cover of it as well but once I read what it was actually about, I couldn't wait to get into it. This would be a dream come true for me :) Hannah and her mother have a strained relationship due to past events but suddenly, an apartment in Paris that none of them even knew about drops in to their laps through an inheritance...now not only do they have to work together and get along to go check it out but they also have to decide if they want to or even CAN keep it. Imagine the inheritance tax that will apply having sat empty for so many years...While they are diving into this apartment and trying to get it clean, they are both falling in love with the city of Paris and they are also diving into Ivy's diaries and learning of HER times when she first came to Paris. I think I liked the story within a story just as much as I liked Hannah and her Mom's story. Loved the book overall.

  3. 5 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    Hannah Bond moved from Orlando, Florida to England after her grandmother, the woman who raised her, passes away. Her mother Marla is a free-spirit and their relationship is distant and complex. Marla shows up unexpectedly at her apartment and tells her that while cleaning through the belongings of her mother/Hannah’s grandmother, she learns that they have jointly inherited an apartment in Paris that had belonged to her great-grandmother Ivy. They discover that the apartment has stood frozen in t Hannah Bond moved from Orlando, Florida to England after her grandmother, the woman who raised her, passes away. Her mother Marla is a free-spirit and their relationship is distant and complex. Marla shows up unexpectedly at her apartment and tells her that while cleaning through the belongings of her mother/Hannah’s grandmother, she learns that they have jointly inherited an apartment in Paris that had belonged to her great-grandmother Ivy. They discover that the apartment has stood frozen in time since 1940. While sorting through her possessions, the mystery of Ivy’s life in Paris unfolds. Lost in Paris is told in dual timelines. In the present, Hannah is trying to come to terms with her trust issues caused by a series of disappointments starting with her relationship with her mother, who has no idea who her father is. Marla’s return to Paris brings her back to a time when she was a groupie, at seventeen years old, of a punk rock band. The women have to work together to sort out their new inheritance. They uncover a diary which details Ivy’s life in Paris. Her writing starts in the late 1920s. While trying to find work as a clothing designer, Ivy finds love and is introduced to an extraordinary group of ex-pat artists including F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. What a social circle! I loved being transported to Paris both in the past and present. Author Elizabeth Thompson’s descriptions of all the settings are wonderful. The cafes, the bars, the apartment untouched for decades. The story is engaging and emotional. I was equally taken by the present day story of Hannah and Marla as with Ivy’s, making this book appealing to those who read both contemporary and historical fiction. This fast-paced book has it all - family, secrets, love, second chances, Paris. Many thanks to NetGalley, Gallery Books | Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to escape into Lost in Paris before its April 13, 2021 publication. I didn’t want it to end. Rated 4.25 stars. Review posted on MicheleReader.com.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I highly enjoyed this book. When Hannah’s gram dies her mother,Marla, finds a deed to an apartment in Paris. Neither one of them ever knew about this. So Marla convinces Hannah to go with her to Paris to see what this is all about. Marla is Hannah’s mother but at times their roles were reversed. Marla didn’t really raise Hannah, so their relationship was very contentious. With this apartment, Marla is trying to heal the wounds between them. Although, I still felt Marla acted like a teen most of I highly enjoyed this book. When Hannah’s gram dies her mother,Marla, finds a deed to an apartment in Paris. Neither one of them ever knew about this. So Marla convinces Hannah to go with her to Paris to see what this is all about. Marla is Hannah’s mother but at times their roles were reversed. Marla didn’t really raise Hannah, so their relationship was very contentious. With this apartment, Marla is trying to heal the wounds between them. Although, I still felt Marla acted like a teen most of the time. Not only are you following their story, you also get diary entries from Hannah’s great-grandmother from when she first went to Paris in the 20’s. So, of course, she meets a lot of famous people from the Lost Generation. I loved those parts! The book had family drama, romance, history, and Paris. You can’t go wrong! *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kate Baxter

    4.5 / 5.0 Stars Great story line, replete with history, mystery, quests, family drama and a touch of romance. Author Elizabeth Thompson (a.k.a., Nancy Robards Thompson to her contemporary romance readers), has done a smashing job taking a story straight from the headlines and given it a fictional background story all its own. ( You may remember back in 2011, when the apartment of Parisian socialite and actress Marthe de Florian was opened for the first time in 70 years - an absolutely perfect time 4.5 / 5.0 Stars Great story line, replete with history, mystery, quests, family drama and a touch of romance. Author Elizabeth Thompson (a.k.a., Nancy Robards Thompson to her contemporary romance readers), has done a smashing job taking a story straight from the headlines and given it a fictional background story all its own. ( You may remember back in 2011, when the apartment of Parisian socialite and actress Marthe de Florian was opened for the first time in 70 years - an absolutely perfect time capsule.) Unbeknownst to estranged mother and daughter, they jointly inherit a Parisian flat which had been abandoned by grandma/great-grandma Ivy back in 1940, just as the Nazi's were laying siege to Paris. The discovery forces the two to work in concert with one another until decisions about the property can be made. Not only do they discover treasures in the apartment and long-held family secrets but also much about one another. Nothing about the partnership is easy and they do struggle through most of the story. Can these two keep it together long enough to create a plan and execute it without undoing each other. Only time will tell. Ms. Thompson's writing of this dual timeline story is well constructed, her historical research solid and her story flows perfectly. Her characters are well fleshed out and exceedingly human with a few flaws and much depth. There were so many lines in the book which caused me to reflect back on my relationship with my own mother, that it felt as though it was written personally for me. The mother/daughter relationship is often not easy. Emotions run the entire gamut and Ms. Thompson has nailed it perfectly. All in all, this was a refreshing and delightful story and I look forward to reading more of this author's work. I am grateful to author Elizabeth Thompson and her publisher, Simon and Schuster, Inc. for having provided a complimentary advance reader's edition of this book through Goodreads First Reads. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The main character, Hannah, is a twenty-something living in London leading Jane Austen-themed tours around England when her mom, whom she has never been close to or gotten along with, shows up at her door to share about a key to a Paris apartment that she found while cleaning out her recently deceased mother's attic. What progresses is a dual-timeline story that tells of Hannah and Marla finding the apartment, cleaning it up, and learning the history of Ivy, Hanna I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The main character, Hannah, is a twenty-something living in London leading Jane Austen-themed tours around England when her mom, whom she has never been close to or gotten along with, shows up at her door to share about a key to a Paris apartment that she found while cleaning out her recently deceased mother's attic. What progresses is a dual-timeline story that tells of Hannah and Marla finding the apartment, cleaning it up, and learning the history of Ivy, Hannah's great-grandmother. They are simultaneously building a relationship and learning their own histories. The other timeline is from the perspective of Ivy and her life in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. It tells of her life and love interest and social gatherings with now-famous authors like Ernest Hemingway, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others. There was a lot to love both about the stories and about the writing. The stories themselves were well-developed with strong descriptions, like-able characters, and a fast-moving plot. The short chapters and jumping back and forth kept me reading and wanting to know more. The back and forth was not at all confusing, and it was easy to follow. In both cases, I was excited when the story got back to that time. Additionally, the research and writing is strong. Thompson put some time into researching Paris architecture, famous literary characters of the 1920s and 1930s, and life during the Années folles in Paris. It made the book so much fun to read, and I felt like I learned so much! While I was reading and something would happen in the plot, I would look it up and find the connection to a real-life event or a real place. There were no holes left in the story--all the plot lines were tied up, and they were done so in a realistic way. There was never a time that I rolled my eyes or questioned what any of the characters said or did. Overall, it was just an enjoyable, well-written book that taught me a little and made me feel good reading it. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany www.instagram.com/tiffs_bookshelf

    This is an amazing debut!!!!!!!!! 5 stars to Elizabeth Thompson and Lost In Paris!!!!!! This is a charming historical fiction book about mothers and daughters that pulls at your heartstrings from the first page. I love this authors style of writing so much!!!!!! I highly recommend this book. Thank you to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster for my early review copy

  8. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    A charming story about family, trust and how people aren't always who you think they are. In the beginning of Lost in Paris, Thompson introduces readers to four generations of the Bond family, all of whom have very defined personalities. There's the dutiful daughter, the unreliable mother, the loving grandmother, the sweet, old-fashioned great grandmother. By the end, these roles have been challenged and changed. The underlying lesson is that people (and relationships) have many facets. A light A charming story about family, trust and how people aren't always who you think they are. In the beginning of Lost in Paris, Thompson introduces readers to four generations of the Bond family, all of whom have very defined personalities. There's the dutiful daughter, the unreliable mother, the loving grandmother, the sweet, old-fashioned great grandmother. By the end, these roles have been challenged and changed. The underlying lesson is that people (and relationships) have many facets. A light mystery and the romantic streets of Paris give the story extra depth. I truly enjoyed this book. (I received an advance read of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you to Simon and Schuster.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris Markley

    When Hannah's Mom shows up at her apartment in London on New Year's Eve she doesn't trust her intention. But the story she shares leads them to a long empty apartment in Paris and a secret from the past. Can Hannah trust her Mom to stick around and tell the truth? Could unraveling the secret be a new start for them? A story of trust and family and secrets. Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for providing an arc for my honest review When Hannah's Mom shows up at her apartment in London on New Year's Eve she doesn't trust her intention. But the story she shares leads them to a long empty apartment in Paris and a secret from the past. Can Hannah trust her Mom to stick around and tell the truth? Could unraveling the secret be a new start for them? A story of trust and family and secrets. Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for providing an arc for my honest review

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    What a fantastic narrative filled with tidbits of history and a mystery that needs solving. Why did Ivy not sell the Paris apartment when she went to America during World War II? Why did she leave clues only to be found two generations later? Why did Marla show up on New Year's Eve, trying to be a mother for once? This story has an excellent plot, is very well written and has lovely well developed characters. It's the perfect book for the beach, vacation, or curled up in a cozy chair with a mug What a fantastic narrative filled with tidbits of history and a mystery that needs solving. Why did Ivy not sell the Paris apartment when she went to America during World War II? Why did she leave clues only to be found two generations later? Why did Marla show up on New Year's Eve, trying to be a mother for once? This story has an excellent plot, is very well written and has lovely well developed characters. It's the perfect book for the beach, vacation, or curled up in a cozy chair with a mug of your favorite hot beverage at home.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    When I saw this title on Netgally it took me all of 2 seconds to request it. If you see a historical fiction set in Paris, you’ll find me reading it! But before you get to Paris, the story first starts in London. A young woman emulates Coca Chanel’s style as a statement of liberation. As an aside about Chanel, I found a quote from The Metropolitan Museum of Art that was really interesting to me: “Her jersey separates of skirts, dresses, sweaters and cardigans liberated women from the pretenses of When I saw this title on Netgally it took me all of 2 seconds to request it. If you see a historical fiction set in Paris, you’ll find me reading it! But before you get to Paris, the story first starts in London. A young woman emulates Coca Chanel’s style as a statement of liberation. As an aside about Chanel, I found a quote from The Metropolitan Museum of Art that was really interesting to me: “Her jersey separates of skirts, dresses, sweaters and cardigans liberated women from the pretenses of dressing for an occasion or for an allotted time of day. Rational and versatile, they fostered self-reliance and self-expression.” I love a book that inspires strong emotions and the desire to know more. Lost in Paris did just that. This is yet another dual timeline, (I swear I’m not choosing these on purpose!!) starting in 1927 & 2019. The author did a fantastic job of immersing me in both London and Parisian life. I felt the fog of London settling around me, the lamplights barely visible through the shimmer. And I easily pictured walking along the Seine and gazing up at the Eiffel Tower. It wasn’t a complicated or overly descriptive book and my attention never wavered. The only part of the book that I wasn’t a big fan of was the constant inner monologue of the main female protagonist. Had it not been for that I could’ve seen this being a 5-star historical fiction. Unfortunately, that aspect distracted me enough that this one lands at a respectable 4.25. A big thanks to @netgalley and @gallerybooks for the ARC! Look for this April 13!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan Gorman

    I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth Thompson’s novel Lost in Paris. The novel is filled with unique characters, romance and secrets which span four generations. Loved Elizabeth Thompson’s voice—-the vivid descriptions of Paris and its sights and sounds, and the people drew me into the story. I loved the pages where Marla and Hannah get lost in Paris the minute they step off the train from London. I imagined I was walking the streets of Paris with them. I could hear the street noise, see the architectu I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth Thompson’s novel Lost in Paris. The novel is filled with unique characters, romance and secrets which span four generations. Loved Elizabeth Thompson’s voice—-the vivid descriptions of Paris and its sights and sounds, and the people drew me into the story. I loved the pages where Marla and Hannah get lost in Paris the minute they step off the train from London. I imagined I was walking the streets of Paris with them. I could hear the street noise, see the architecture and the feel the joie de vivre of the city. Elizabeth Thompson’s choice to use Ivy’s diary to provide to connect the past to the present was executed flawlessly. Ivy’s story comes to life as Hannah reads each page—this drew me into the story. The diary provided insight into ivy, her life and Paris during this exciting time as Paris established itself as a home to members of the Lost Generation. The author’s descriptive writing style shines as Ivy becomes part of the F Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemmingway and Gertrude Stein social circle. The relationships between four generations of the same family are perfectly intertwined throughout the book. Marla and Hannah’s relationship is complicated at best and I really enjoyed their honest, heartfelt and often frustrating conversations. Lost in Paris is filled with great secondary characters – Cressida and Tallulah, Hannah’s roommates, Aiden and Gabriel. Lost in Paris has all of the story elements that I adore—intrigue, romance and complex family relationships. Like a red wine, Lost in Paris should be savored slowly for its blend of dynamic characters and well-paced storyline. Lost in Paris is a special vintage—ENJOY!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ethel

    What would you do if you and your mother inherited a vintage apartment in Paris? What if that apartment once belonged to your great-grandmother would you want to keep it in the family or sell it for a nice sum of money? That is the question and the core of this book. Hannah Bond and her mother Marla quite surprisingly inherit a vintage Parisian apartment frozen in time since 1940. Never had they known anything about this inheritance or the fact that it even existed. The two have a difficult rela What would you do if you and your mother inherited a vintage apartment in Paris? What if that apartment once belonged to your great-grandmother would you want to keep it in the family or sell it for a nice sum of money? That is the question and the core of this book. Hannah Bond and her mother Marla quite surprisingly inherit a vintage Parisian apartment frozen in time since 1940. Never had they known anything about this inheritance or the fact that it even existed. The two have a difficult relationship, they have never gotten along as Marla is a recovering alcoholic (supposedly) as well as a "free spirit" and her daughter, Hannah, quite the opposite is a down-to-earth young woman. Having no choice, together they take a trip to Paris to see the apartment. Looking as if someone still lives there, underneath the cobwebs and years of dust is a gem. Discovering a diary written in 1927 by Ivy, Hannah's great-grandmother, we find a treasure trove of the times. Between its pages are the likes of such personalities as Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, Picasso, Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, etc. all of whom rubbed elbows with Ivy. There are more finds, original paintings, a manuscript for a book that perhaps was or was not published as well as 5 more journals. As we read along, we find more information about the family, the great-grandmother, the grandmother and the relationships they all had with Marla, all there enabling the reader to understand what made Marla the person she is. I enjoyed the book, especially when reading the pages of the diary that gave a glimpse of life in Paris during the "roaring twenties." I can understand the author's intent to use the present as an introduction to the past, for me reading the history of life back then was what I loved. Yet reading the present day part of the story gives you the hope that the mother/daughter relationship becomes less strained. Ah, Ms.Thompson merci de partager votre talent et de nous offrir un bon livre. To answer the first question there is no doubt I would much rather keep a vintage Parisian apartment. For the many Francophiles out there, no doubt I know their answers as well. My thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Denise Stout

    Lost in Paris is a book I couldn't put down and didn't want to end. Hannah's mother Marla shows up unexpectedly on New Year's Eve in London with the surprise of a lifetime. While going through Hannah's great-grandmother Ivy's trunk in her late grandmother's home in Florida, Marla found the deed to a Paris apartment. Already authenticated, a trip to Paris is needed to assess what they've inherited. The apartment is amazing, untouched since 1940, and as they unravel the secrets of the past, they lea Lost in Paris is a book I couldn't put down and didn't want to end. Hannah's mother Marla shows up unexpectedly on New Year's Eve in London with the surprise of a lifetime. While going through Hannah's great-grandmother Ivy's trunk in her late grandmother's home in Florida, Marla found the deed to a Paris apartment. Already authenticated, a trip to Paris is needed to assess what they've inherited. The apartment is amazing, untouched since 1940, and as they unravel the secrets of the past, they learn family secrets, and diaries lead them on a trail of a life Ivy led before going to the US. The deeper they dig, the more fascinating the history of their family and learning of the life of the Lost Generation. The mother-daughter relationship is tested, Marla was never there for Hannah as a child, so trust between them is a thin thread. They're the only family each has, until more secrets spill... and a possible literary treasure is found. The twists and turns keep you intrigued, and as they make decisions about the future, getting lost in Paris may be the best thing that ever happened to Hannah and Marla. Compelling story of family, secrets, love, and Paris--a must-read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    Hannah Bond and her mother, Marla, have an estranged relationship. Hannah resides in England and her mother appears in England on New Years Day with a deed to an apartment in Paris, France that belonged to Hannah's great-grandmother, Ivy. Hannah and her mother venture off to Paris to find the apartment and to see what kind of mysterious life great-grandmother Ivy once led. Hannah has trust issues with Marla and Marla wants a new beginning with Hannah. During this opportune time both mother and da Hannah Bond and her mother, Marla, have an estranged relationship. Hannah resides in England and her mother appears in England on New Years Day with a deed to an apartment in Paris, France that belonged to Hannah's great-grandmother, Ivy. Hannah and her mother venture off to Paris to find the apartment and to see what kind of mysterious life great-grandmother Ivy once led. Hannah has trust issues with Marla and Marla wants a new beginning with Hannah. During this opportune time both mother and daughter rekindle a once lost relationship. Lost in Paris has a dual timeline between Hannah in the present and Ivy in the 1940s discussing her time before and in the Paris apartment. I loved the historical aspect of the book, but I'm a sucker for anything related to France. The story itself was charming between Hannah and Marla. I understood both characters. Loved the mysterious building of Ivy's life throughout the book. A fantastic enjoyable read! Thank you to Gallery Books and Netgalley for offering me this ARC in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This book touched on so many things I love that I was engaged from the first minute. A Jane Austin book tour? You bet. A long hidden apartment in Paris? Intriguing. Stories about Paris between the wars? Yes, yes, yes. Mother daughter relationships? What woman wouldn’t be interested? Hannah and her somewhat estranged mother learn they inherited an apartment in Paris, neglected and unknown since 1940. So, it’s hard to believe, but suspending disbelief and going on this voyage of discovery with Hann This book touched on so many things I love that I was engaged from the first minute. A Jane Austin book tour? You bet. A long hidden apartment in Paris? Intriguing. Stories about Paris between the wars? Yes, yes, yes. Mother daughter relationships? What woman wouldn’t be interested? Hannah and her somewhat estranged mother learn they inherited an apartment in Paris, neglected and unknown since 1940. So, it’s hard to believe, but suspending disbelief and going on this voyage of discovery with Hannah and Marla is such fun. I just got involved and enjoyed. Though it’s a bit lighter than some of our choices, I think my book club will love it. We can share recollections of our journeys to London and Paris. Of course, we can discuss mother-daughter relationships. Enjoy, relax and sink into this well written lovely story. Thank you Netgalley for taking me on this ride away from our stressful 2020 world.

  17. 5 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    Hannah Bond is finishing up her last Jane Austen tour of the year and is ready to head home to London only to find her Mother has flown in from Orlando Florida. WHAT could Marla possibly want? They had just seen each other at her grandmother’s funeral and didn’t touch base often. What a way to ring in the new year. When Hannah gets to her flat she finds Marla with her flatmates, who have opened a bottle of champagne. It seems Marla has found a deed to an apartment Paris as she was cleaning out h Hannah Bond is finishing up her last Jane Austen tour of the year and is ready to head home to London only to find her Mother has flown in from Orlando Florida. WHAT could Marla possibly want? They had just seen each other at her grandmother’s funeral and didn’t touch base often. What a way to ring in the new year. When Hannah gets to her flat she finds Marla with her flatmates, who have opened a bottle of champagne. It seems Marla has found a deed to an apartment Paris as she was cleaning out her Mother’s things in Florida. As it was left to both Hannah and Marla, her Mother has come to ask Hannah to go to Paris with her to see their property. Though Hannah is leery about trusting her alcoholic mother who didn’t raise her, she is curious about the apartment her great grandmother kept secret from the other women in the Bond family. As Hannah and go through Ivy’s things in the apartment that has not been touched since the 1940s, they find out a whole different side of the woman they could have ever imagined. It opens up secrets that Ivy had held for years and leads the mother and daughter with the chance to not only learn more about their family matriarch, but also a chance to establish their own relationship. This is a touching story with a bit of mystery as well as historical fiction in it as well. We have all seen the Paris apartment that was discovered untouched after so many years. The author takes that find and builds her story around it. It is an enjoyable read and has your emotions up and down a bit as the two women struggle and stumble to get past the past. An enjoyable read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maren

    You had me at Paris. Anytime there is a book about Paris I am immediately intrigued. There truly is something so magical about the city. Add in a multigenerational story and I am hooked. Hannah and her mom, Marla, are very different – Marla tends to live carefree while Hannah is the responsible one. While cleaning out Marla’s mom’s house they find out that they have also inherited Marla’s grandma – Ivy’s apartment in Paris which has not been touched since the 1940s. The apartment brings them tog You had me at Paris. Anytime there is a book about Paris I am immediately intrigued. There truly is something so magical about the city. Add in a multigenerational story and I am hooked. Hannah and her mom, Marla, are very different – Marla tends to live carefree while Hannah is the responsible one. While cleaning out Marla’s mom’s house they find out that they have also inherited Marla’s grandma – Ivy’s apartment in Paris which has not been touched since the 1940s. The apartment brings them together as they learn about the adventurous life Ivy led during her time in Paris. Each chapter begins with one of Ivy’s diary entries that will have you dreaming of the glamor Paris in the 1920s. Lost in Paris is a heartwarming story full of mystery, adventure, family drama, history, love, and of course Paris. Thank you Netgalley and Gallery Books for the copy in exchange for my honest review!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nan Reinhardt

    Elizabeth Thompson had me at "Paris," the rest was just a delightful bonus that I devoured in just three days! A wonderful story of history and unexpected treasures discovered in an old untouched apartment in Paris. But even more, it is a story of family and a mother and daughter finding their tentative way to one another after years of being estranged from one another. The flirty, sexy Frenchman who turned out to be married was a little cliché, but the story was so enthralling, it didn't matter Elizabeth Thompson had me at "Paris," the rest was just a delightful bonus that I devoured in just three days! A wonderful story of history and unexpected treasures discovered in an old untouched apartment in Paris. But even more, it is a story of family and a mother and daughter finding their tentative way to one another after years of being estranged from one another. The flirty, sexy Frenchman who turned out to be married was a little cliché, but the story was so enthralling, it didn't matter a bit, but rather only added to the heroine's "authentic" Paris experience. Loved this story and it took be straight back to my time in Paris. For that alone, I thank Ms. Thompson.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura Beasley

    I won a copy of this book on Goodreads Giveaways. I really loved this book. I have been to London and Paris and really enjoyed both places so could picture in my mind when they talked about places. A good love story but also had a good storyline.Loved the story went back in forth in time and that one persons voice was written in a diary. Hannah grew up living with her Grandmother and her mother would drop in and out of her life. Hannah grew up and moved to London and was a tour guide . Her grand I won a copy of this book on Goodreads Giveaways. I really loved this book. I have been to London and Paris and really enjoyed both places so could picture in my mind when they talked about places. A good love story but also had a good storyline.Loved the story went back in forth in time and that one persons voice was written in a diary. Hannah grew up living with her Grandmother and her mother would drop in and out of her life. Hannah grew up and moved to London and was a tour guide . Her grandmother died and one day her mother, Marla appears in London. She has found some papers and a key to an apartment in Paris that Hannah's great grandmother owned. This is a mystery because she had never talked about this part of her life. They contact a lawyer in Paris and go see the apartment. While in Paris they both decide to live in the apartment and Hannah comes up with a idea to start a tour in Paris. While cleaning out the apartment , they find a diary and an old manuscript. The story deals with solving the mystery of the apartment and finding out more about their own lives. Do not want to give anything away. Great book and I hope to read more by this author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Eason

    ****This ARC was provided by NetGalley for a free and honest review.**** Friends, this book may be my favorite of the year! Definitely my favorite of the year so far but I may be biased because I consider myself a Francophile. Hannah Bond left Florida to escape her poor excuse for a mother. She lands in England giving Jane Austen inspired tours to other book lovers. Her mother shows up in England with a deed to a Paris apartment, in Hannah’s great-grandmothers name, a set of keys and some myster ****This ARC was provided by NetGalley for a free and honest review.**** Friends, this book may be my favorite of the year! Definitely my favorite of the year so far but I may be biased because I consider myself a Francophile. Hannah Bond left Florida to escape her poor excuse for a mother. She lands in England giving Jane Austen inspired tours to other book lovers. Her mother shows up in England with a deed to a Paris apartment, in Hannah’s great-grandmothers name, a set of keys and some mysterious newspaper clippings. Hannah and her mother, Marla, decide to travel to Paris to discover more about Ivy’s past. They discover an apartment frozen in 1940 and a set of Ivy’s diaries about her life in Paris. They discover Ivy has rubbed elbows with famous writers such as Stein, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. This story was so layered and wonderful! I didn’t want it to end. Mark your calendar because this beautiful novel publishes on April 13, 2021. Don’t miss it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    “Lost in Paris” by Elizabeth Thompson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: Fiction. Location: London, England and Paris, France. Time: 1929-1940 and 2020.- - Hannah Bond leads bookish tours in London, as far away from her unstable, alcoholic mother in Florida as she can get. But now her mother, Marla, arrives with a surprise. They have jointly inherited an apartment in Paris. And so begins a journey to claim an apartment that has been closed up since 1940. Along the way, Hannah and Marla must sort out deeply personal “Lost in Paris” by Elizabeth Thompson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: Fiction. Location: London, England and Paris, France. Time: 1929-1940 and 2020.- - Hannah Bond leads bookish tours in London, as far away from her unstable, alcoholic mother in Florida as she can get. But now her mother, Marla, arrives with a surprise. They have jointly inherited an apartment in Paris. And so begins a journey to claim an apartment that has been closed up since 1940. Along the way, Hannah and Marla must sort out deeply personal and hurtful issues between themselves.- - Interspersed throughout their story are diary entries from the apartment’s owner (Hannah’s great-grandmother) who moved to Paris in 1929 and just happened to meet and party with-well with every famous expat you’ve ever heard of (Hemingway, Picasso, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, etc, etc, etc.) Suspend your belief in reality and you will enjoy her diaries.- - There are hard to believe events in Hannah’s story as well. How did this empty apartment full of paintings escape looting by the Nazis? How was it that squatters didn’t claim it between 1940 and 2020? Again, suspend belief and you will enjoy this book. It’s best read for what it is- an imaginative little novel with a sprinkle of romance, and lots of lovely descriptions of Paris. I give it 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4 stars for an easily read, lightly romantic story. 🌵📚👩🏼‍🦳 Gallery Books will publish this on April 12, 2021. Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read it ahead of time.”

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I loved getting wrapped up in this book. The mother/daughter relationship between Hannah and Marla was heartwarming to watch repair. Even though Marla acted more like the child, I enjoyed her and found her endearing...in all her ridiculousness. I loved going back to Ivy’s diary and pretending to be in the 1920’s with the expats! What a time to be alive and a part of! I honestly loved every aspect of this book and would recommend for a lighthearted read where you get swept away in Paris ❤️ Thank y I loved getting wrapped up in this book. The mother/daughter relationship between Hannah and Marla was heartwarming to watch repair. Even though Marla acted more like the child, I enjoyed her and found her endearing...in all her ridiculousness. I loved going back to Ivy’s diary and pretending to be in the 1920’s with the expats! What a time to be alive and a part of! I honestly loved every aspect of this book and would recommend for a lighthearted read where you get swept away in Paris ❤️ Thank you to @netgalley and @gallerybooks for this arc!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shar

    How can you not like a book that is mostly set in Paris? Hannah lives in England and is employed as a Jane Austen literary tour guide, but upon the death of her grandmother, her crazy mom flies to see her to tell her about a secret apartment left to them by her grandmother. Hannan and her mother fly to Paris to uncover her grandmother's secret life in Paris including running with the Hemmingway and Fitzgerald crowd. A fun story full of great scenes of life in Paris. How can you not like a book that is mostly set in Paris? Hannah lives in England and is employed as a Jane Austen literary tour guide, but upon the death of her grandmother, her crazy mom flies to see her to tell her about a secret apartment left to them by her grandmother. Hannan and her mother fly to Paris to uncover her grandmother's secret life in Paris including running with the Hemmingway and Fitzgerald crowd. A fun story full of great scenes of life in Paris.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Hannah is an American living and working in London. When her mother Marla shows up unexpectedly she discovers that together they have inherited her great-grandmother Ivy's Paris apartment that neither knew existed. Hannah agrees to travel to Paris with Marla. Grandmother Ivy's story is told by diary entries through out the book. Lost in Paris is a very entertaining book full of family secrets and mother/daughter relationships. I enjoyed the descriptions of Paris by the author. If you like histor Hannah is an American living and working in London. When her mother Marla shows up unexpectedly she discovers that together they have inherited her great-grandmother Ivy's Paris apartment that neither knew existed. Hannah agrees to travel to Paris with Marla. Grandmother Ivy's story is told by diary entries through out the book. Lost in Paris is a very entertaining book full of family secrets and mother/daughter relationships. I enjoyed the descriptions of Paris by the author. If you like historical fiction you will enjoy this book. Thanks to the author Elizabeth Thompson, publisher Gallery Books, and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    With an intriguing premise, lots of historical references, mother-daughter drama, and hidden family secrets, Lost in Paris is a must read. Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Brenner

    For fans of "Midnight in Paris" and "Emily in Paris," this is the perfect blend of historical fiction intertwined with modern-day Paris, minus the magical realism. Elizabeth Thompson seamlessly blends storylines with family, work-life, and romance, culminating in a very satisfying read. And God, did it make me want to go to Paris!! For fans of "Midnight in Paris" and "Emily in Paris," this is the perfect blend of historical fiction intertwined with modern-day Paris, minus the magical realism. Elizabeth Thompson seamlessly blends storylines with family, work-life, and romance, culminating in a very satisfying read. And God, did it make me want to go to Paris!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    Paris is one of my most favorite places in the world, so I am always drawn to books that are set there and this book was no exception. The imagery in this novel was so beautiful that I could picture myself strolling the Parisian streets with Hannah. I cannot even imagine being in Hannah and Marla's shoes and getting the opportunity to inherit an abandoned apartment in Paris, what a complicated adventure this would have been. I think the author did a beautiful job navigating all the emotions of t Paris is one of my most favorite places in the world, so I am always drawn to books that are set there and this book was no exception. The imagery in this novel was so beautiful that I could picture myself strolling the Parisian streets with Hannah. I cannot even imagine being in Hannah and Marla's shoes and getting the opportunity to inherit an abandoned apartment in Paris, what a complicated adventure this would have been. I think the author did a beautiful job navigating all the emotions of the situation. My only complaint is that the ending felt very abrupt. I would have liked to have seen more. Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for the ARC.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Smith

    A pleasant book escape to Paris! Lost in Paris connects Hannah Bond with a part of her great-grandmother's life she never knew. Hannah is living in England, leading Jane Austen-themed tours, when her estranged mother, Marla, swoops in on New Year's Eve with the deed to an apartment in Paris left to them by Grandma Ivy. Reluctantly, Hannah agrees to accompany Marla to Paris to investigate. What they discover about Grandma Ivy through diaries found in her dust-filled apartment is a surprise. This b A pleasant book escape to Paris! Lost in Paris connects Hannah Bond with a part of her great-grandmother's life she never knew. Hannah is living in England, leading Jane Austen-themed tours, when her estranged mother, Marla, swoops in on New Year's Eve with the deed to an apartment in Paris left to them by Grandma Ivy. Reluctantly, Hannah agrees to accompany Marla to Paris to investigate. What they discover about Grandma Ivy through diaries found in her dust-filled apartment is a surprise. This book is nothing outstanding, but excellent lunch break reading material. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this e-book in return for my honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cory Beyer

    Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC. Hannah, a bookworm, gives book tours in London of well known events in Author's lives. Her Great Grandma Ivy passes away and her mom Marla has agreed to clean out the house. Marla finds letters and a deed to an apartment in Paris. Between her and Hannah, they step back in time reading the letters they found and the diaries in the apartment in Paris to piece this mystery life back together. Sweet story. Loved it! #lostinparis #ElizabethThompson #May2021 Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC. Hannah, a bookworm, gives book tours in London of well known events in Author's lives. Her Great Grandma Ivy passes away and her mom Marla has agreed to clean out the house. Marla finds letters and a deed to an apartment in Paris. Between her and Hannah, they step back in time reading the letters they found and the diaries in the apartment in Paris to piece this mystery life back together. Sweet story. Loved it! #lostinparis #ElizabethThompson #May2021

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