I received a review copy
Open the pages of this book and step into beautiful and historical Paris, France. Maud Heighton leaves her family behind to follow her dreams to study art and paint. She is talented and motivated, but her financial state is stale and she barely knows where her next meal will come from, if at all. While attending art classes, a wealthy woman, who also attends the class, named Tanya befriends her. She introduces her to Christian. Christian is looking for a companion for his sister Sylvie who is troubled and addicted to opium. He hopes that Maud will keep her company and get her out of her room and interested in art. Although Maud hates the idea of needing to rely on others to “make it” in her new life, she accepts the position knowing that she can’t sustain her current conditions much longer.
Things quickly change for Maud. She is given a beautiful room to live in, all of her meals are cooked for her and she is making a weekly pension. Her stomach is full and her heart is happy and her artwork reflects that. It was all going so brilliantly. Until things started to change…
This book takes some crazy twists that were very hard to see coming. Subtle hints along the way reveal a major event that will soon occur.
As soon as I began reading this book, I fell in love. I love the descriptions the author uses to describe the characters and Paris. Her writing in just lovely. I felt like I was walking the streets of Paris with Maud and I felt her struggles and accomplishments. The book offered a little bit of everything: adventure, romance, art, crime, and suspense.
What a wonderful historical fiction novel. Read this novel or you’re really missing out.