The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

April 13, 2015 Whitney Review 0 Comments

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.

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. RoseThe Witch of Painted Sorrows
Author M.J. Rose
Series: The Daughters of La Lune #1
Publisher Atria
Publication Date March 17, 2015
Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour
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Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.

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.

Fond Of

  • The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose has a fantastical plot that grabs you from the get go and made for a very quick read.

 

  • It reminded me a little of The Wizard of Oz. The Ruby necklace Sandrine constantly wore attached itself to her like Dorothy’s rubber slippers, with sparks flying whenever there was a risk of separating. I thought this added apprehension to the plot and worked well.

 

  • Besides being magical The Witch of Painted Sorrows had many Gothic undertones to it. An example being Sandrine’s lover Julien having a complication in his romantic position that was very reminiscent of the wives of Mr. Rochester or Maximillian de Winter. Whether that was intentional I’m not sure but enjoyed the comparison.
  • While at times it was a little provocative I really liked the details that were given to art as it added a new dimension to the novel.
  • Sandrine’s double persona led to a creepy, suspenseful plot and just had to learn more especially with an ending that screams sequel.

Not Fond Of

  • I’m not going to lie, it was a bit trashy but not one you would be embarrassed to say you were reading.
  • This is more of a generalized critique but I really don’t understand why men and women can’t just be friends in novels as half the time the book could end with the same result. I do think Sandrine being in a relationship reflected the whole “finding herself” thing but there may have been other ways to go about that.

 

Final Thoughts

The plot was a little odd and when I described it to someone they didn’t know what to make of it.   Yet somehow it works, while The Witch of Painted Sorrows could be seen as a bit of lite reading it has a spellbinding plot that hooks you in.  I look forward to the rest of the La Lune Trilogy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M.J. Rose

M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of fourteen novels and two non-fiction books on marketing. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many magazines and reviews including Oprah Magazine. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the ’80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors – Authorbuzz.com. The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose’s novels in the Renincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and runs the blog- Buzz, Balls & Hype. She is also the co-founder of Peroozal.com and BookTrib.com.
Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.
For more information on M.J. Rose 

Praise for the novels of M.J. Rose

The Witch of Painted Sorrows

“Rose’s new series offers her specialty, a unique and captivating supernatural angle, set in an intriguing belle epoque Paris—a perfect match for the author’s lush descriptions, intricate plot and mesmerizing storytelling. A cliffhanger ending will leave readers hungry for the next volume. Sensual, evocative, mysterious and haunting.” (Kirkus Reviews) “A haunting tale of possession.” (Publishers Weekly)

The Collector of Dying Breaths

“Breathtaking…combines fascinating history, torrid romance and a compelling mystery into a marvelous package that will entice fans of Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon.” (Associated Press) “A page-turning, alluring concoction of fiction infused with fantastical yet actual history. Readers will be charmed by her well-drawn and memorable characters, and they will be mesmerized by her enchanting narrative, which takes them on a mystical and magical journey.” (Library Journal (starred)) “A terrific piece of entertainment.” (CT Post) “Wondrously original… elegantly written. Rose manages to utterly suspend our disbelief in a book that leaves us, appropriately enough, breathless.” (Providence Journal) “Mysterious, magical, and mythical…what a joy to read!” (Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants)

Seduction

“Atmospherically romantic and perfectly toned. Classy and elegant literary seduction of the highest measure. As wondrously crafted as it is original.” (Providence Journal) “Readers will be enchanted by M.J. Rose’s supernaturally charged novel Seduction, inspired by Victor Hugo’s self-imposed exile on the British island of Jersey in the 1850s.” (USA Today) “Has just about everything a thriller fan could wish for.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) “Full of well-researched history, the paranormal, and modern intrigue, this atmospheric tale of suspense is fully engrossing to those willing to suspend their disbelief.” (Library Journal (starred review))

The Book of Lost Fragrances

“A compelling page turner…Once you catch a whiff, you will be enchanted.” (Associated Press) “M.J. Rose is a bold, unflinching writer and her resolute honesty puts her in a class by herself.” (Laura Lippman) “The Book of Lost Fragrances resonates with spirit, blending myth with reality, tragedy with triumph, pain with joy. You’ll find yourself questioning everything you believe–and wanting more.” (Steve Berry) “Provocative…a sweeping sense of romance [and] history.” (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

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