Friday, April 3, 2015

From NYC to Paris {Giveaway}

The Witch of Painted Sorrows coverThe Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose
(historical suspense / paranormal)
Published: March 17, 2015 byAtria Books/Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 978-1476778068
Hardcover, 384 pages
Also available as ebook
It's interesting that reading this book reminder me of so many others. The aspect of a young girl painting in France and want to take classes was quite similar to A Mad, Wicked Folly. The Jewish mysticism reminded me of the Rashi's Daughters Trilogy. And of course, I couldn't help but be reminded of the last M.J. Rose book I read The Collector of Dying Breaths. Yet, with that said, this book is still so uniquely itself.

There's a sense of magic about this book. Yes, the title tells you it's about a witch, but it's more than that. It's hard to really articulate, but it's the whole mood of the book. It may sound a bit crazy, but I think the cover actually captures this pretty well. In a way the beauty and magic of the cover is exactly how it feels to read this book.

Then of course there's the ending. I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger exactly, since you aren't left wondering what happens, but more that it's so hard to believe that's it. I had to double check that there wasn't more, especially since I wasn't quite ready to say good-bye to this characters.

This is the first in a series, and while I'd love to see these same characters again, I'm not sure that will happen. Given that this is the first book in the The Daughters of La Lune series, and La Lune was a distant ancestor of Sandrine, the main character here, I'm assuming that the other books will have to be about Sandrine's daughter or grandmother to start. Either way I can't wait to see where Rose decides to go with this series.



Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.

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.


mj-roseNew York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

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  1. I saw this on the Indie Bound website's list of books to check out in April and it sounds good, so the fact that you gave it 5 stars makes me really want to read it!!

  2. thanks for your nice review. The ending was not what I was expecting either, but I think it's the perfect Gothic ending! and of course now I can't wait to see how things will turn out in those circumstances! Emma at FBT

  3. Thanks so much - one of my favorite reviews ever...and you are 100% right - the next book is about another Daughter of La Lune - not about Sandrine:) Stay tuned! And really thank you so much!

  4. Ohh I really want to read this book!! The cover is enchanting and I've. Heard amazing things abut this author I have a few of her books :)
    I gotta recommend a good classic, wuthering heights, which you probly read? I just finished Rebecca and loved it!

  5. I didn't realize this was a series! I think the ending makes much more sense to me now that I have that context. : )

  6. I really need to check this author out! This book sounds like a good read.