I’ve professed my love of M. J. Rose before and I’ll likely say it some more. I really like her books even though nothing about her genre entices me otherwise.
I’m just not a fantasy, gothic, historical kind of fiction girl.
I’m a M. J. Rose girl though for sure. Let’s talk about Witch of Painted Sorrows…
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
There was some back and forth mystery, some really naughty bits, intrigue and fun. There’s something about reading the mostly positive presentation of an 19th century courtesan that’s refreshing for a time I understand to be really uptight about such things. (I could be wrong.)
The only thing I had to keep straight in my head was that it wasn’t present day. Often times I had them walking around in present day clothing and had to back up and re read sections because it was wrong. I like to get the picture right in my head.
If you’ve read other M. J. Rose you should read this one. I hope they bring Sandrine back for another book. I don’t know that they will, but is already another Daughters of La Lune Series book to come out.
I’ll be checking that out as well.
Is this something you’d read? Why or why not.