Nell’s horrible parents are going to Paris, and Nell begs to be allowed to go with them. Her former nanny, Pear, left years ago and lives in Paris, and Nell is desperate to find her. Pear is the only person who ever really loved Nell, and Nell stopped hearing from her months ago. Nell is worried that Pear may have disappeared, but when she arrives in Paris, Nell discovers that the mystery goes far deeper than one missing au pair.
I loved this book so much! The plot is a mixture of many different mysteries that all blend together. I loved the way the different characters’ storylines overlapped. A bellhop with a secret underground lair. A baker’s son who worries that their bakery might go out of business. A poor young seamstress who dreams of going to school. And Nell’s evil parents, who are definitely up to something nefarious.
Nell is such a wonderful main character. Her personality is powerful and complex. She has a phobia about the dark, and in one scene she is forced to hide underground. With pure willpower, she finds the courage to overcome her phobia, and the whole description of her emotional turmoil is incredibly inspiring. Over and over through the story, she finds herself in difficult situations, but she has the tenacity and the intellect to deal with anything. I loved her internal struggle and her character development! She is so kind and sweet that she wins the hearts of people she meets, and makes loyal friends wherever she goes. But she is so bold and fierce that she also makes enemies wherever she goes. I adore this girl!
All the supporting characters are amazing too! They are varied and memorable and interesting. I loved meeting each person and seeing how they interact with Nell in different ways. It was really cool to see how they gradually warm up to Nell and join her in her quest to find her au pair. There are a few awkward beginnings, but as they start to understand Nell better, they become decidedly loyal to her.
The setting in Paris is fantastique! The author really makes Paris come alive, describing the streets, the food, the people, the light, the architecture, and of course the beautiful art. Because Nell is fascinated with Paris, we get to see the city through her eyes.
I love this writing style! The pacing keeps that suspense going, and makes you want to keep reading for hours. I enjoyed this book so much!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.