The Daughters of La Lune
Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
March 1st, 2015
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.
I absolutely loved the setting of this book — beautiful, dark, and mysterious Paris in the late 1800’s — and found myself immediately sucked into both the story and the surroundings. The Witch of Painted Sorrows was filled with mystery, magic, and romance. You could feel the passion and sensuality through M.J. Rose’s writing. Not to mention, I also loved her descriptions of the paintings and the emotion that the characters felt and had. You felt like you were the character and that those were your emotions. Sandrine was an interesting main character and I couldn’t help but be more curious about her background and her story. I would have loved to learn more about her. I was positively intrigued and fascinated by La Lune as well! The background and family history was unique and interesting which helped add to the story. I also loved her grand-mere and would have been happy to learn a little bit more about her and how she became a courtesan. The ending caught me off guard, but honestly, I rather liked it.