Friday, January 2, 2015

A Paranormal Romance Set in Belle Epoque France

Sandrine Verlaine flees her New York home after her father's death leaving behind the husband whose corrupt business dealings were responsible for her father's suicide. In Paris, Sandrine is surprised to find that her grandmother, a famous courtesan, has left her lovely stone house and gone to live in a hotel. Sandrine's grandmother warns her against going to the house, but Sandrine is drawn to it. There she finds love and discovers a talent for painting, but the house is also filled with the spirit of La Lune, a famous courtesan, whose spirit begins to take over the girl.

The setting in Belle Epoque Paris is historically accurate and well described. I enjoyed the detail and learning about the occult underground that flourished in that period. I was not as enchanted with the characters and the plot. I loved Rose's previous novels centered on Jac L'Etoile and the perfume business. For me, Sandrine hasn't the appeal and the paranormal seems a bit heavy handed.

The grandmother is an interesting character, but I thought her development
hard to reconcile with the self-contained business woman at the beginning of the novel.

If you're a fan of Rose's books, you may enjoy this novel. However, I can't recommend it as highly as her previous books.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.