"Winter in 19th-century Paris is wonderfully evoked and Beatrice Colin’s prose is suitably mesmerising for this rather beautiful love story.”—The Times, London
"A love story in the City of Love: Beatrice Colin’s novel imagines a romance that occurs as the Eiffel Tower is constructed in the background. There are the standard issues of class and status, but Colin presents them in new and magical ways.”—Refinery 29
"Air and iron—desire and whalebone stays—govern the story. The real drama plays out around the much-maligned tower-in-progress—’a building without a skin.'”—New York Times Book Review
"[To Capture What We Cannot Keep] reveals Beatrice Colin as a writer of ability and ambition, as she explores the year 1887 and the construction of the Eiffel Tower…Recalls Henry James, and the resolutionis both satisfying and realistic.”—Sunday Morning Herald (Australia)
“To be in Paris to witness the construction of the Eiffel Tower is a magnificent occasion: to have a hand, however small, in its building, even better…This exquisitely written, shadowy historical novel will appeal to a wide variety of readers, including fans of the Belle Époque.” —Library Journal (starred review).
"Beautifully restrained love story, told in a refreshingly unhurried manner and grounded in the era’s social constraints . . . Drawn with care and suffused with stylish ambience, Colin’s Paris is a city of painters, eccentric aristocrats, desperate prostitutes, secret lovers, and the magnificent artistic vision taking shape high above them." -- Booklist.
“It’s sexy escapism, but the book’s real selling point is its illumination of 19th-century Paris and that phenomenal landmark.”
―People Magazine (Book of the Week)
“Colin ably brings to life a time before the iron lattice of the Eiffel Tower became an iconic part of the Parisian landscape. To Capture What We Cannot Keep is part history lesson and part thrilling love story, leading to an ending full of depth, promise, and hope.” ―BookPage
“Transportive…You’ll instantly be wrapped up in this novel’s vibrant world.” ―Bustle
"A novel of soaring ambitions, public and private." -Kirkus. Read the full review here.