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This review is from: 13 Rue Therese (Hardcover)
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Thought this book sounded one for me and looked forward to receiving it. The author grew up in Paris where she found herself in possession of a box of postcards, gloves, photographs and letters of an unknown woman. She has used these as a basis of 13 rue Therese.
A secretary in Paris has the box and she passes it on to selected visitors to the university where she works hoping the contents will intrigue and please them. If she does not care for the latest visitor then they don't get a chance to see it. She rather takes a shine to an American academic, Trevor Stratton, and hides the box in a filing cabinet in his room where she know he will eventually find it.
Well he does and is intrigued and starts exploring the contents and these are rather charmingly photographed and illustrated throughout the text. Sadly as I continued to read this story I found my interest waning - cannot explain why, the setting and the idea behind this book is delightful but I found its execution not so. To be quite frank, I began to find the style a tad tedious and half way through I began to flick pages, always a bad sign and I skipped to the end.
I am so sorry to be so negative in a review, especially when I rather thought that this was a book I would enjoy, but there it is. I am afraid I did not. I look forward to reading other reviews of 13 rue Therese as I am sure others will love it.