A Tryst in Paris

The Carousel Time Traveler Book 1

Romance - Historical
321 Pages
Reviewed on 08/16/2023
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Author Biography

Anne Armistead is the award-winning author of love stories set in the past and present. She earned her English literature degree from University of Georgia and her MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Anne is a member of the Georgia Writers of Romance (GRW), Atlanta Writers Club (AWC), and Historical Novel Society (HNS). The damaged hero wins her heart and the hearts of the heroines in her stories.
Anne's novels include the historical paranormal romance Dangerous Conjurings, the historical romance With Kisses from Cécile (2020 Georgia Independent Author of the Year-Historical Fiction), the sweet contemporary romance A Christmas Cannoli Kiss, and her recent release A Tryst in Paris (Book One, The Carousel Time Traveler series).
Anne’s love of Carousels, a French film pioneer, and YouTube videos of the 1900 Paris Exhibition, along with a friend’s passion for vintage coin purses, inspired The Carousel Time Traveler. The premise began with the idea of Mirabelle, in Paris to shop for antiques, finding an aged invitation to meet at the Luxembourg Carousel in a vintage coin purse advertising Alice Guy’s silent film La Fée aux Choux. When on a whim Mirabelle decides to visit the Carousel at that appointed time, it sweeps her back to 1900 Paris. The silent video in which a woman falls off the moving sidewalk of the 1900 Paris Exhibition prompted Anne to land Mirabelle on it, leading her to meet sexy, dangerous Jacques into whose life she is drawn and with whom her heart connects.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

A Tryst in Paris is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, sci-fi, and romance subgenres, and it forms the opening novel to The Carousel Time Traveler Book. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Anne Armistead. When Mirabelle Montgomery finds herself swept into the time travel vortex of the Luxembourg Carousel in Paris, she is transported to the year 1900. Her mission is to restore the fate of a man whose life has gone awry. As Mirabelle meets the captivating Jacques Thibaut, a once-respected police detective accused of plotting against the government, she believes he is the man she must help. Their growing connection kindles passion, but her presence in the past jeopardizes everything, as Jacques' destiny does not include her. Can she complete her mission and return to her own time?

Author Anne Armistead has crafted a truly delightful journey through time, weaving together the charm of the golden age of Paris and the excitement of unexpected romance. I was really impressed with the close attention paid to narrative detail and emotional depth for Mirabelle's character development as she navigated the challenges of her mission. The romance between Mirabelle and Jacques was beautifully portrayed, and their chemistry was palpable in every moment of dialogue. Armistead's writing is engaging and immersive, and I found myself completely engrossed from beginning to end as the pace never slowed or faltered. Overall, A Tryst in Paris is a wonderful introduction to The Carousel Time Traveler series, promising more intriguing journeys through time and love in future installments, and I can’t wait for more.

Edith Wairimu

The time-travel historical romance A Tryst in Paris: The Carousel Time Traveler by Anne Armistead paints an entrancing portrait of 1900 Paris, including a thrilling mystery. When Mirabelle “Mira” Montgomery visits her Aunt Sylvie in Paris, she is drawn to a Paquin gown hanging in the window of a shop. She enters the shop, encounters a mysterious old shopkeeper, and is soon after thrust into 1900 Paris, where she has to right the wrong that could destroy a man’s destiny for her to be able to return to her current life. Mira encounters Bernadette and her handsome guardian, Jacques Thibaut, who had lost the woman he loved and was dismissed from the police force over unfounded accusations. Mira resolves to help Jacques, but he does not trust her, and her feelings for him threaten to derail her mission. Still, she longs to solve the puzzle and return home.

Through vivid descriptions of the city during the era and intriguing details about the culture, politics, and events in Paris, Anne Armistead brings to life the setting in the story. The mystery and the brewing romance between Jacques and Mira are wonderfully interwoven. The questions Mira faces, and her determination to solve the puzzle heighten the tension in the plot, creating an absorbing, unexpected tale. I loved the story’s compelling main characters and found the ending gripping and rewarding. The first installment in The Carousel Time Traveler series, A Tryst in Paris, is a fascinating read with rich descriptions, a delightful mystery, and realistic, well-rounded characters.

Bernadette Longu

A Tryst in Paris by Anne Armistead takes place in 1900, in Paris, France at the time of the Paris Exhibition and the first moving walkway. The author allows her main character Mirabelle Montgomery to interact with some of the most famous people of that time like Mary Cassatt, as well as Alice Guy Blache, Gustave Eiffel, and Joseph Vallot. This is one of the most unusual romances I have ever had the pleasure of reading; an exciting, riveting story. The author holds the reader's attention from the very first line in her book to the very last, and I mean line for line. The author uses her characters, both the main ones and all the minor ones, to the very best advantage without making them seem unbelievable. They come across as just down-to-earth people trying to live their lives, taking the good with the bad, and hurting when the ones they love are hurting.

All these delightful characters make the telling of this story an adventure that leaves the reader wanting to have a similar experience, especially as it involves time travel. The main character thus must be careful not to make too many butterflies flap their wings. Anne Armistead captures the reader's imagination in the way the story unfolds with twists and turns, obstacles, and interesting places and sights of Paris. The reader is drawn into the story and the end is one that they could not predict or expect. This is the type of book that holds your imagination and will have you planning a trip to Paris to see how many of the landmarks and beautiful sites explained in the book are still around and if they continue to hold the magic of yesteryear. It was an exciting read and I enjoyed it tremendously. Thank you, Anne, for the privilege of reading this wonderful story.