I love the cover for M.J. Rose’s The Witch of Painted Sorrows, and couldn’t wait to read it!The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose
Series: Daughters of La Lune #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on March 17th 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction
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Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires.
Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten — her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.
This is Sandrine’s “wild night of the soul,” her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love, and witchery.
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Witch of Painted Sorrows is the latest addition to a long line of compelling stories with believable characters, evocative descriptions, and a dash of the paranormal.
I loved the setting – a Paris where artists gathered to commune and learn from each other, where courtesans were famed and celebrated for their brains in addition to their body, where the scientific and artistic live side-by-side with the mystic and occult. I loved the background – a woman so consumed by love and jealousy that she did everything she could to try and keep her man, and in doing so cursing her family for generations. I loved the characters: young Sandrine and her headlong rush to love, Julien and his complicity in Sandrine’s exploring Maison de La Lune, and Sandrine’s grandmother’s personality and insight. And I loved the cliffhanger ending that left so very many questions.
This story of a young woman who finds freedom and love in Paris in the midst of grief over her father’s death and anger over her husband’s betrayal is haunting and compelling, and it demands your full attention until you’ve turned the last page – after which you’ll wish you’d waited to read it, if only so the next book in the series would be available to inhale.
drey’s rating: Excellent!
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