Title: The Witch of Painted Sorrows
Author: M.J. Rose
Publisher: Atria, Mar. 17, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 4
Description from Amazon.com:
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 struggled with this novel whether to give it a 2 or a 3 star rating. I found the pace slow and I kept putting it down and picking it up thinking each time it would finally go somewhere. That never happened until nearly the end. Then it sped up and ended abruptly. Although I like gothic and especially with a touch of paranormal this one was just not my cup of tea. That said, the writing was well done and the characters well drawn. I will only recommend it to those who are especially into the Gothic genre and/or the Belle Epoch era in Paris.