To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin (Early Review)
What a cover! *dreamy eyes* Caitriona Wallace, or Cait, is a chaperone for Jamie and Alice Arrol on their “Grand Tour” of mainland Europe from Scotland. Their final stop is Paris, where they meet Émile Nougier, one of the engineers who designed the Eiffel Tower for Gustav Eiffel. Chapters alternate between Cait and Émile; the transition is smooth, not confusing, and done very well. Cait and Émile are attracted to each other but haven’t spent enough time together to pursue it. After the Grand Tour, they go back to Scotland but Jamie soon decides that he must be an apprentice with Monsieur Eiffel (also a small character in the book, very fun), and his uncle agrees to finance the move if Alice also goes and Cait agrees to be their chaperone once again. Plenty of other things are going on, but the driving force of this book is Cait and Émile wanting to be together but life getting in the way.