1. It's set in Paris. Think Montmartre. Pere Lachaise. The Jardin du Luxembourge. All during the Belle Epoque. What could be better than that?
2. Maud Heighton, a young English lady, is studying to be an artist at the Academie Lafond with several other young women. But Paris is expensive, and she is poor.
"Paris ate money. Paint and canvas ate money. Maud's training ate money. Paris yanked each copper from her hand and gave her back nothing but aching bones and loneliness ... She had thought herself rather wise in the ways of the world until she came to Paris. Every day that passed, she was in danger of thinking a little less of herself"3. The air of Gothic mystery surrounding Christian Morel and his opium-addicted sister, Sylvie, for whom Maud is hired to be a companion. At first everything seems perfect, but then, in an unexpected twist, Maud finds herself caught up in their dark secrets...and in a life she never imagined.
4. The art. It's 1909 and Paris is alive with the art of Pisarro, Cezanne, Degas, Matisse and Picasso. Then there's Maud's own paintings and those of the other young artists she meets. I just wish this novel came with full-color illustrations!
5. Robertson's writing. It's richly detailed, stylish and smart, and her characters have depth and spunk. I found this book a hard one to put down.
Oh, I hoped you would revieuw this book and you did! It sounds quite good and I put it on my wishlist immediately, so thank you!ReplyDelete
It turned into a Gothic mystery, which I wasn't expecting, but which I ended up really enjoying. I hope you like it, too. :)Delete
I enjoyed this one, too! I really like her series with Westerman & Crowther, but I like that she did this intriguing stand-alone, too. She did such a great job evoking the time period!ReplyDelete
I'll have to try her series. This is the first book by Robertson that I've read...and I really loved the Paris setting. But then...it's Paris. :)Delete
The little section you quoted sounds so good. This is my first time hearing of this book, so thanks!ReplyDelete
It was a fun read.Delete
It's set in Paris - that'e enough for me! I do love the art theme too though, so adding it IMMEDIATELY on my GR shelf!ReplyDelete
Paris was the big draw for me, too. Paris makes any book better. :) Luckily, the story and the characters in this book were good, too.Delete