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review 2015-11-28 16:53
The Witch of Painted Sorrows by MJ Rose
The Witch of Painted Sorrows - M.J. Rose

Full review on my blog.

I chose to read this book because of the author, the book cover, the title and the description. It was an all in one for me.

The Witch of Painted Sorrows is the story of Sandrine Salomé, a woman who decides to escape her unhappy marriage in New York to find shelter at her grandmother’s house in Paris. Her grandmother is a famous Parisian courtesan, who has accumulated innumerable treasures in her house. When Sandrine arrives, she finds herself homeless, as her grandmother had moved out of the house in hopes of turning it into a museum. Her grandmother doesn’t want Sandrine near the house. There is something about the house, Sandrine can’t let go of it, she manages to inhabit the house and along with Julien Duplessi, the architect in charge of the museum project, she embarks in a life changing journey of discovery, not only of the dark mysteries of her family’s past hidden inside the house but also a journey that will lead her to discover her passion for art and her own sensuality.

The Witch of Painted Sorrows is a delight for the senses. The setting is described in such a way that it is impossible not to feel like you are right there, inside that house, exploring the hidden room, mixing the pigments, creating the paintings, walking through the Parisian streets, or living the bohemian life in Paris in 1890.

And the provocative romance, it is impossible not to feel seduced by it. It is I must say a book for adults. I wouldn’t recommend it for YA nor the advanced YA readers. Not that kids today aren’t reading about sex, but I wouldn’t want to give kids the idea that adultery is enchanting. The sensual content in this book is more likely to be enjoyed by adults.

The Witch of Painted Sorrows is a story that gets sexier and darker with every page you read. Reading it feels like touching velvet. It is a bewitching story. I couldn’t put this book down. I was so into the story that when I finished it, it left me hungry for more. I wanted to keep reading; I wanted to stay in that magical world for a while longer. And this abrupt ending is the main reason it didn’t get 5 stars in my rating.

Nevertheless, this book confirmed that I am a fan of MJ Rose. I can’t wait to read more of her work. If you’re looking for a book with an exquisite blend of history, romance, eroticism, magic, witchcraft, paranormal, mystery, and art, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a book that will make you travel back in time to the bohemian life of the Belle Époque in Paris, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a hypnotic story filled with passion, mystique and drama, this is the book for you.

Full review and other musings of mine on my blog.






I received an Electronic copy of this book but was not financially compensated in any way nor obliged to review. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experience while reading it. This post contains affiliate links
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review 2015-10-24 00:00
The Witch of Painted Sorrows
The Witch of Painted Sorrows - M.J. Rose... The Witch of Painted Sorrows - M.J. Rose,Natalie Ross,Phil Gigante Unfortunately, I found this story quite dull. I disliked the main character. I just found her very blah and whiney and annoying. It finally got interesting at the end, so I am a little interested in seeing where the story goes but I'm not in a hurry to find out.
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review 2015-10-18 22:19
The Witch of Painted Sorrows - M.J. Rose

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. I think this book was exactly what I needed after the romp that was the last two books of the Leviathan Wakes series. It's quiet and arty and introspective. It was mythological and historical and magical and subtle above all else, and I really loved it.

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review 2015-10-16 06:55
The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose
The Witch of Painted Sorrows - M.J. Rose
M.J. Rose delivers an outstanding tale of lust, love, and possession. Set in Belle Epoque Paris, if you're a fan of art, you'll love this colorful story. 

A beautiful American escapes to Paris, returning to her beloved grandmother's home, only to find the family home closed for repairs. Sandrine seeks shelter with her grandmother, who is nothing like my granny. Sandrine's grandmother is a famous courtesan and hides a very dark family secret from her young granddaughter, if only to keep the girl safe. Longing to return to a place that holds memories of her deceased father, Sandrine sneaks back to Chateau la Lune without Madame Verlaine's consent. Once inside, strange things begin to happen. The home seems to welcome Sandrine with loving arms and her dull life suddenly flourishes. Inspired by a new love and items she finds within the lavish home, Sandrine begins to paint images that seem familiar, images that begin to haunt and transform her. When the legend of La Lune is revealed, Sandrine fights to control her destiny. But is it her dreams and desires or the wishes of the witch, La Lune, returning to reclaim a lost love? 

Haunting, sultry, artistic, The Witch of Painted Sorrows ended with me wanting more. Lots more. 

*Thanks to Atria and Edelweiss for a DRC in exchange for review.
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text 2015-10-12 18:35
Reading progress update: I've read 68%.
The Witch of Painted Sorrows - M.J. Rose

Really lovin this book!! 

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