The Witch of Painted Sorrows (2020)

The Witch of Painted Sorrows 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 s Belle poqu
  • Title: The Witch of Painted Sorrows
  • Author: M.J. Rose
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  • Page: 428
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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 poque Paris.Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even menacing The house, faPossession 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 poque Paris.Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even 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.
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    1. Love was the only reason to do anything The only value worth living for A goal truly worth making any sacrifice for 1890 France, an eloquent portrayal of the so called courtesans, fine exhibition of ahem erotic paintings, wild and passionate display of something than just erotic paintings double ahem plus blushes a touch of mythology, a stroke of witchcraft and dark magic, sprinkled with paranormal all blended in a very exquisite art of storytelling and spellbinding writing intensified by a ric [...]

    2. M.J Rose is one of the masters mistresses of romantic suspense, and THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS shows just how good she is If you like a little erotic romance with your thrills and a dash of the supernatural you re going to love reading this.This isn t really the kind of book I ordinarily read, but Rose knows how to tell a story, so I always enjoy her work She creates good characters, but the best part is her intricate plots and use of beautifully written settings Reading THE WITCH OF PAINTED S [...]

    3. An 1800 s French Romance with a twistMy thoughtsI HATED the heroine She was weak, conniving, and deserved to die from her own stupidity She lied to, and stole from her loving grandmother who gave her refuge from her husband This book almost became a DNRBut curiosity got the best of me I HAD to know how this train wreck would end.I can only be Mad at Myself for not jumping off this train two weeks ago Gaaahhh, I can t believe this book has an average rating of 3.52

    4. This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.3 StarsI have mixed feelings regarding this book I was so excited to read this book since the description held such promise I saw that this book was set in Belle poque Paris during the late 1800s and it just sounded wonderful I thought that it was beautifully written with wonderful detail in many ways I also found myself waiting for something to happen and thought the book seemed to drag in some places Sandrine goes to Paris to be with her gr [...]

    5. I have for a while now wanted to read an M.J Rose book The stories in the books have intrigued me and I love the covers for them I was quite glad when I got the chance to read this new one.Sandrine Salome has left her husband and fled New York to take refuge at her grandmother s house in Paris But she discovers when she gets there that her grandmother is planning to turn the house into a museum and she also forbids Sandrine to visit the house But she can t help feeling drawn to the house and one [...]

    6. Arc provided by Atria Books through Netgalley Release Date March 17 thDNF at 30%I ll start with the positives The pretty cover and the enticing title of them, made me click the request button.The writing The story is mainly told in such a boring, fastidious way, that I cannot in full conscience give it stars.Who knows Maybe the story does get better.ough I doubt it, with such a simpering leading character I ll admit that I am not this book s intended audience, mainly because I like strong plots [...]

    7. Set in 1890s Paris, The Witch of Painted Sorrows is an irresistibly atmospheric, flavorful and intensely captivating gothic novel I was thoroughly impressed with M.J Rose s smooth and spellbinding writing style and the amount of historical and cultural detail she included in this story The combination of the sensual, sexually charged plot line, the gripping intrigue, the emotionally powerful and deeply intimate details of the main character s life and the breathtakingly painted historical tapest [...]

    8. The setting creates an amazing ambiance belle epoque Paris stirs the peruses attention, conjures the imagination Rose takes full advantage and fulfills expectations with unbridled intent.Rose manipulates language in such an enticing manner, enhancing the entire narrative, hypnotizing, sultry whatever the label it is lush Her prose seduces the reader.The characters offer sophistication, nimble not short of corporeal All enchanting with their individuality and role.With the perfect blending of sup [...]

    9. M.J Rose s new novel, The Witch of Painted Sorrows, feels like a very long draft of a novel rather than a fleshed and thought out story Along those lines, Sorrows does not pick up until the last 100 pages or so Up to that point, it s a horrible slog, not just a slog like the last 100 pages.Further, the plot elements introduced at the beginning to propel the main character to Paris, where the book takes place, feels haphazard at best and the very first draft at worst Her husband is described as [...]

    10. This book starts off quite slowly and may be painfully slow for some readers It s told from the point of view of Sandrine, who in 1894 left her husband in New York and traveled to Paris on her own to live with her grandmother When she arrives at their ancestral home, she is surprised to find that her grandmother is no longer living there and that the house in under renovations Her grandmother lives not far from the house and takes Sandrine in Sandrine s curiosity about the house takes her back a [...]

    11. I gave this audiobook a B for the story and A for the narration at AudioGals If you re looking for an audiobook that is unique, defies romance sub genre conventions, and has a fantastic, theater like narration performance, then The Witch of Painted Sorrows may well be a great choice for your next listen This story combines a number of my favorite romance sub genres, including historical and paranormal romance, to produce an interesting combination that will likely appeal to lovers of either sub [...]

    12. Darkly enchanting, M.J Rose s The Witch of Painted Sorrows follows a young woman s escape from a loveless marriage to the home of her courtesan grandmother s mansion in the dazzling and magical city of Paris in the late nineteenth century But has she traded one danger for another In an era where the occult flourishes, the arts are the rage and women are still banned from a venerable artist s college, Sandrine will find her true self, true love, true passion and true terror Are the tales of LeLun [...]

    13. A Paranormal Romance Set in Belle Epoque FranceSandrine Verlaine flees her New York home after her father s death leaving behind the husband whose corrupt business dealings were responsible for her father s suicide In Paris, Sandrine is surprised to find that her grandmother, a famous courtesan, has left her lovely stone house and gone to live in a hotel Sandrine s grandmother warns her against going to the house, but Sandrine is drawn to it There she finds love and discovers a talent for painti [...]

    14. I can appreciate a good ghost story, and The Witch of Painted Sorrows does not disappoint It s historical, cultural, artistic, mysterious, supernatural, suspenseful, seductive, passionate, eroticall I go on Author M.J Rose writes with a dark and gothic tone, and I honestly didn t expect to like this novel so much but I was intrigued from the first chapter I don t want to spoil any of the storyline because how it all plays out is part of the big reveal at the end, so I ll just say that I enjoyed [...]

    15. I loved the setting of this book beautiful and dark Paris in the late 1800 s and found myself immediately sucked into both the story and the surroundings The Witch of Painted Sorrows was filled with mystery, magic, and romance You could feel the passion and sensuality through M.J Rose s writing I also loved her descriptions of the paintings and the emotion that the characters felt and had Sandrine was an interesting main character and I couldn t help but be curious about her background and her [...]

    16. The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J Rose was a good story Unfortunately this story did not speak to me as the previous books that I had read by M.J Rose My problem probably is that i read recently Erotic Exchanges The World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth Century Paris and that s why I could not enjoy the story as I should, since I inadvertently compared the information.But the story itself is interesting It s not like the usual overpowering spirit stories Sandrine Salome is a descendant of [...]

    17. Oh, man.What was I thinking How d I even get my hands on this book After three chapters, I knew I was very much in the wrong place.That cover It looks YA I think that plus the title may have been what mislead me It s not YA It s also not the type of magical realism witchy book I enjoy Oh, yes, I know everyone else drinks this kind of thing right up but me Nah, it s not my cup of tea.This tea is made of rose petals, starlight, belladonna, and some arsenic It is served with sugar, cream, and a spl [...]

    18. from blog I was completely in the mood for this book which is thick and dark and magical and enchanting and suited the darkest night of the year A perfect Solstice book It is a treatise on liberty and passion woven with a deft pen that understands the complex nature of art, but also inserts a magical tapestry of precise historical authenticity Perfect escapist fiction, The Witch of Painted Sorrows features impeccable descriptions of artistry, witchery, magic and dark spiritualism set against the [...]

    19. This book was a wild ride Set in the late 1800 s in beautiful, but dark Paris, Sandrine has fled America to escape her brutal husband.She arrives at her courtesan grandmother s house to find it closed up and her grandmother living in a lavish apartment, and not too happy to receive a runaway granddaughter Not because she doesn t love her granddaughter, but because she is fearful for Sandrine if she is in Paris.Sandrine disobeys her grandmother s wishes and goes to their family home, handed down [...]

    20. Setting 1894 Paris3 1 2 StarsAfter the tragic death of her father, New York Socialite Sandrine flees to her grandmothers mansion in Paris to escape the husband that was the cause of her fathers death and his abusive behavior towards her as well A famous courtesan, Sandrine s flamboyant grandmother, has had this mansion for a long time and it has been home for a long line of courtesans When Sandrine arrives and finds her grandmother doesn t live in the mansion any she is curious as to why, and al [...]

    21. Originally posted on Peeking Between the Pages peekingbetweenthepagesThe Witch of Painted Sorrows is the newest novel from best selling author M.J Rose I really didn t think she could top the last series I read of hers that I loved but she has and in a big way and it starts with this absolutely beautiful book cover The Witch of Painted Sorrows is the first in a new series and it is utterly fantastic I was swept away to 1890s Belle poque Paris and into an enthralling gothic tale full of the super [...]

    22. Within the pages of The Witch of Painted Sorrows by MJ Rose you will find Sandrine Salome a married woman with no understanding or experience of romantic love who has lived a passionless married existence In order to understand her reasons for leaving New York City to go to her grandmother s home in Paris, France, you will need to meet La Lune I don t want to give away too much but Sandrine s journey of self discovery will thrust her into a world of occult ridden Belle Epoque Paris The question [...]

    23. The cover and the description of this book lured me in like a witch s spell of compulsionI have to admit that I d previously read one other book by this author, and I really didn t like it very much This one is silly and melodramatic to the extreme but I enjoyed it.Sandrine Salome Verlaine the name right there tells you a lot about what this book is like arrives in Paris, fleeing personal tragedy and a bad marriage Arriving unexpectedly upon the doorstep of the grandmother she hasn t seen since [...]

    24. This book is mesmerizing I can t believe how much I enjoyed my time in this world Sandrine is a wonderful character She is grieving for her father and running from her husband With little choice she ends up with her grandmother, who happens to be a courtesan France certainly has a history of that But her grandmother refuses to discus family history with Sandrine A lot of trouble may have been saved if she had.Sandrine discovers Julien, an architect with a growing career Then she discovers the ar [...]

    25. Boring, boring, why is this book so boring Oh, Sandrine, you dull, dull woman For a supposedly strong character, Sandrine is achingly weak I m going to be who I was meant to be, by pretending to be other people Blah The Witch of Painted Sorrows reads like a fantasy of what a weak woman thinks a strong woman must be like That s Sandrine.Sandrine is a terrible character, but beyond that, the plot is painfully slow Any time things felt like they were moving along, Rose decided to toss in a paragrap [...]

    26. In __The Witch of Painted Sorrows__, M.J Rose writes a tale weaving from a place, time and history in Paris with forces of naivet , of worldliness, and perhaps a small amount of magic One single flaw I found was the reiteration of the foreshadowing,rendering it unsubtle It is as if the author was desperately trying to prepare us, again, for the fate of the final page.

    27. Witch of Painted Sorrows March 17, 2015 Atria Books By M.J RoseReviewed by Cheryl KravetzTravel back in time to the magically beautiful world of Belle poque Paris, where you will meet Sandrine Salome, a young woman who is running away from an abusive husband in New York to her grandmother s mansion in Paris Sandrine s grandmother is a favored courtesan who entertains men at the highest level in Paris, following in the many haunted footsteps of her glamorous ancestors.La Lune, the house named for [...]

    28. I loved it, what a great character is Sandrine, strong and willful in such a masculine world, she knows what she wants, but then again is it really her It started a little slow, but it was important as it gave depth for the rest of the novel I loved the art references and details, well written and descriptions of the era and place, Paris in the 1890 s This is a love story, ghost story and historical fiction No as dark as it could be but it was just the right amount for me.Great title and cover a [...]

    29. The Witch of Painted Sorrows was my first exposure to M J Rose s writing and it will not be the last I enjoy a bit of escapist fiction from time to time and this book really fit the bill The prose was just pleasantly purple enough to do justice to its setting in the Paris of Le Belle Epoque without being overwrought and gagworthy Our protagonist Sandrine was a sympathetic and interesting character with a story arc that held my interest While the plot was a little predictable at times, the journe [...]

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