To Capture and Keep a Heart
How does one capture what they cannot keep? This is a question that weaves itself throughout this novel, from considering matters of the human heart, to business and success. How does one grasp what they want, and hold it tight, if it is meant to be fleeting? Can barriers that have stood for ages be broken down sufficiently to allow for the impossible? And most importantly, can love be a permanent game-changer?
While this book did not immediately grab my attention, but once it did, there was no doubt that I would be kept in its thrall until the very last page. The story is beautiful, and set against the equally stunning backdrop of historical Paris, during the construction of the Eiffel Tower. The heroine, Cait Wallace is a paragon of morality and traditional values, making her whirlwind affair with the liberal Parisian, Emile at once surprising, and sweet. But Emile, while liberal in his views on love, must remain traditional in his views on marriage due to his ailing mother’s desires to see him suitably married before she dies. So, is love enough to convince him to span the chasm of class for a match of intellectual equality and physical longing? Is the breathless love that Cait and Emile feel for each other enough…or will it be something that they cannot keep?
Woven into this turbulent romantic tale, is a good bit of history, regarding both the building of the Eiffel Tower and the French drive to build the Panama Canal, along with an exploration of Parisian culture prior to World War I. Equally intriguing, is how the characters react to the idea of choosing your own type of success, which is a vibrant and new concept in that time period. They must each consider how to hold on to family fortunes or ideals, and how to live up to expectations, that they may not have much interest in.
So how does one capture what they cannot keep? Read this book to find out…the answer might surprise you.