Publication Date: March 17, 2015 Atria Books Formats: Hardcover, Ebook Pages: 384 Genre: Historical Mystery
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Possession. Power. Passion. International bestselling novelist M.J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this erotic, gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle epoque Paris. Sandrine Salome runs away to her grandmother's Parisian mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds 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 ñ 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.
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 mythicalÖwhat 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 in a sweeping sense of romance [and] history."(Cleveland Plain-Dealer)
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I love the cover of this book. Anyone who looks at the cover will be drawn to the story inside, and what a story! Unique and entertaining.
.. This book had me on the edge of my seat from beginning until it's amazing end. I loved this book. The main characters are fantastic. Imagine having a famous courtesan as your grandmother, and living in Paris in a 'haunted house'. I'm not going to give too much away, just believe me, you have to read this book. Sandrine is a character the reader will love and one with whom a reader can easily identify. Her life is not a storybook, more like a train wreck. She's married to a man she despises, recently loses her father, and moves to Paris to be with a grandmother she barely knows. A grandmother who seems less than thrilled to see her. Intrigue, power, ghosts, art, it's all here.
This book is a masterpiece!