I received this book for free from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Madame Picasso by Anne Girard
Published by Harlequin MIRA on August 26, 2014
Genres: Historical Fiction
Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour
The mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time.
When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.
A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso's life.
With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century.
I’m typically not a romance novel kind of person, but I’ve always enjoyed reading about women behind the (fill infamous man here) perhaps I would have enjoyed People Magazine if it existed in the early 1900s.
The details depicted to Picasso’s paintings were miraculous and could vividly picture them. Eva’s yellow kimono was brilliant, and the backdrop of Paris was magnificent, drawing its own landscape that could be seen in great detail upon reading. I also liked that Eva and Picasso didn’t jump into bed on page two. It was a slow courtship from afar (for the most part) and enjoyed the build up it provided.
At the fear of being a prude, the sex (no matter how small) bothered me. It wasn’t graphic and if Picasso really did paint in the nude more power to him. Although I would have preferred more of an “end scene” upon reaching the bed. Maybe I’m old-fashioned but I don’t see anything wrong with leaving a little to the imagination.
Also, I had a really hard time feeling completely sorry for Eva. Once again, I’m not trying to make excuses for myself as her death was horrible, but come on, if Picasso really loved you as much as he claims he does he wouldn’t have run from the relationship. For that reason and the fact that she was not pro-active about the situation, I was a little irked.
Despite my complaints, Eva was a real person and Anne Girard brought her to life with vast amounts of detail. Madame Picasso is a great historical novel for anyone who has an interest in art, or just a good historical fiction novel.
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Praise for Madame Picasso
“Early twentieth century Paris and Picasso’s lost love come to enchanted, vivid life in Madame Picasso. With a deft eye for detail and deep understanding for her protagonists, Anne Girard captures the earnest young woman who enthralled the famous artist and became his unsung muse.” – C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of THE QUEEN’S VOW
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About the Author
Anne Girard was born with writing in her blood. The daughter of a hard-driving Chicago newsman, she has always had the same passion for storytelling that fueled his lifelong career. She hand-wrote her first novel (admittedly, not a very good one) at the age of fourteen, and never stopped imagining characters and their stories. Writing only ever took a backseat to her love of reading.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature from UCLA and a Master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, a chance meeting with the acclaimed author, Irving Stone, sharply focused her ambition onto telling great stories from history with detailed research. “Live where your characters lived, see the things they saw,” he said, “only then can you truly bring them to life for your readers.” Anne took that advice to heart. After Stone’s encouragement twenty years ago, she sold her first novel. When she is not traveling the world researching her stories, Anne and her family make their home in Southern California. When she is not traveling or writing, she is reading fiction.
Madame Picasso Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, August 25
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Thursday, September 4
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court
Friday, September 5
Review at To Read or Not to Read
Tuesday, September 9
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, September 10
Review at Books in the Burbs
Thursday, September 11
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Tuesday, September 16
Review at She is Too Fond of Books
Wednesday, September 17
Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Thursday, September 18
Review at One Book of a Time
Friday, September 19
Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Monday, September 22
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Tuesday, September 23
Review at The Librarian Fatale
Thursday, September 25
Review at Kincavel Korner
Friday, September 26
Interview at Kincavel Korner