To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin | What Else Could You Wish For?

Looking for a perfect wintery read? This one should definitely be on the top of your list! It’s a perfect historical fiction! What makes it so perfect, you might ask. And how can I grade it to be perfect for the genre?

First of all, it’s set during the construction of Eiffel Tower! Paris during the end of nineteenth century! Bustles, big skirts, tiered, draped and frilled trains ornamented with frills, pleats, ruffles, braids and fringing. Isn’t it fascinating?

Take a look at these wonderful pictures that tell the story of the construction of Eiffel Tower to get a feel of the set before emerging into the book!

Secondly, it’s filled with  events and the most intriguing romance between different classes in the era when status, marriage and people’s opinion mattered so much more.

9781250071446Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young Scottish widow and a French engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love.

In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris, France – a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a widow who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Émile is expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family’s business and choose a suitable wife. As the Eiffel Tower rises, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, Cait and Émile must decide what their love is worth.

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  • The delicateness of the romance. The love that didn’t care about time or space. All  props to Beatrice Colin for writing something so beautiful. After months and months of reading YA, I forget how graceful adult, and especially historical fiction, can be.
  • The complexity of the characters. The uniqueness of each one of them. All of them so different but so real. Some of them I hated, some of them I adored, but not a single one left me indifferent!
  • Magical and intellectual settings and background. When I say magical here, I don’t mean fairies and mages. I mean the streets of Paris during all seasons, as the construction of the Eiffel Tower progresses. The air balloon and wonderful views. Art and culture in Paris during Victorian fashion days.

A captivating novel that will make you smile and cry as you root for our beloved main characters.

Looking for a X-mas gift to treat yourself? This might be just the one for you!

My Rating:

What do you love about historical fiction? Are you interested in reading this books? Let me know in the comments down below.

With love,



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