THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS by M.J. Rose

THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sandrine Salome flees New York and her treacherous husband to find shelter in Paris with her grandmother, but as she settles in and pursues new passions, it’s unclear whether she or an infamous ancestral witch is driving the changes.

After Sandrine discovers her husband is an embezzler, she sets sail for Europe, seeking refuge with her grandmother, a celebrated Paris courtesan, in the family’s mansion. But her grandmother isn't living at Maison de La Lune; she's moved to a nearby apartment. When Sandrine discovers the older woman is secretly visiting the mansion, though, her curiosity is piqued. She visits La Lune one day after her grandmother leaves, uncovering plans to create a museum from the space, and meets the compelling architect in charge of the project, Julien Duplessi. Together, they unlock a secret room on the property, finding paintings left by an artistic couple who lived there centuries ago. The woman is Sandrine’s ancestor, La Lune, a famed courtesan reputed to be a witch, after whom the house is named. Suddenly, Sandrine is obsessed with painting and with Julien. She's accepted into the École des Beaux-Arts—unheard of for a woman—and enters into a passionate affair with Julien. Her grandmother suspects she has come under the influence of La Lune’s malignant spirit, who takes over women in their family when they fall in love, hoping to re-create the passionate relationship she had with her lover centuries ago. When a series of violent events happens around Sandrine, she begins to believe in La Lune, but by then, it may be too late. Rose’s new series offers her specialty, a unique and captivating supernatural angle, set in an intriguing belle epoque Paris—a perfect match for the author’s lush descriptions, intricate plot and mesmerizing storytelling. A cliffhanger ending will leave readers hungry for the next volume.

Sensual, evocative, mysterious and haunting.

Pub Date: March 17th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4767-7806-8
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Atria
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2015




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