Sandrine Salome has always loved visiting museums and
listening to her father tell stories about the exhibits.
Unfortunately, the death of her father changes her entire
world and now Sandrine has escaped to Paris, where she
hopes her husband won't find her. Her grandmother is no
longer residing in the family home and seems reluctant
for Sandrine to visit their ancestral home. Is the spirit
of La Lune truly haunting Maison de la Lune? Sandrine
dives deep into the art world of Paris only to find that
she's losing herself to La Lune....
THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS is one of those books you
need to set aside time to read and truly relish each and
every word. M. J. Rose carefully crafts a world that is
as stunning as it is eerie. Each decision Sandrine makes
only leads her further and further into the world of La
Lune- and yet, the descent is so alluring that it is
impossible to despise Sandrine, even as she rails against
her once beloved grandmother.
I love watching the tale slowly unfold, as we get to see
the nuances of both the culture and the time period. The
insight into the art world is particularly intriguing as
the line between artistry and sensuality blurs. M.J. Rose
does a marvelous job at depicting the competition and
vitriol of the art world while contrasting it with the
beauty and innovation that inspired architecture such as
the Eiffel Tower.
THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS is a hauntingly beautiful
tale that evokes the artistry of the time period. M. J.
Rose exquisitely uses language to arouse all of the
senses and I found myself drawn into the magic and
mystery of Sandrine's world. The details of the world
are expertly drawn as THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS pulls
the reader further and further into La Lune's madness.
THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS is highly recommended for
readers who like their historical fiction dark and tinged
with the paranormal.
Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling
novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and
spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the
spectacle of 1890s Belle Ă‰poque Paris.
Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmotherâ€™s Paris
mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she
there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its
lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously
closed up. Although her grandmother insists itâ€™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 Sandrineâ€™s deepest desires.
Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers
her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker
influences threatenâ€”her cold and cruel husband is tracking
her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing
Sandrine, altering her. Sheâ€™s become possessed by La Lune:
witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who
opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or
This is Sandrineâ€™s â€świld night of the soul,â€ť her odyssey
the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love, and witchery.