The Indie Next List, drawn from bookseller-recommended favorite handsells, epitomizes passionate independent bookselling and the joy of discovering the next great read. We’re pleased to announce that TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP by Beatrice Colin has made the December list. Here’s what Jennifer Gwydir of Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, TX, had to say about the novel:

 

Societal constraints and expectations of the time impede the love affair of Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier from the moment they meet in a hot air balloon above the Champ de Mars in 1886. Émile’s ailing mother is pressuring him to marry, start a family, and take over the family business even as he is facing both public and professional stress as co-designer of the Eiffel Tower. Cait is a young Scottish widow forced to work as a chaperone to a wealthy brother and sister. Cait’s and Émile’s paths cross and crisscross as Colin vividly captures the sights and sounds of La Belle Epoque in this quiet, atmospheric novel.”