I respect that this book was inspired by two different stories, one being the discovery of Madame Marthe de Florian's Parisian apartment, a decadent time capsule untouched for over seventy years. The second inspiration was a picture of an old palace in East Germany. Carey has a fine imagination but I felt like the story lacked depth and seemed extremely hurried. Major storylines were casually explained away and too easily resolved. I realize that this is fiction, but even fiction isn't this neat and tidy. Great potential that left me feeling moderately entertained.
**DRC courtesy of NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing.