Publication Date: March 17, 2015
Formats: Hardcover, Ebook
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 Époque 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 insits 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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Sandrine Salome runs away from her home in New York and manipulative husband after a tragedy. She returns to her Grandmother’s mansion in Paris; as a famous courtesan her Grandmother still maintains influence and wealth. When Sandrine arrives, she finds the mansion empty. Her Grandmother has moved away and plans to abandon her home and turn it into a museum. Sandrine is wrought with grief for her father and fear that her husband will find her when she arrives. However, she feels a pull towards her Grandmother’s mansion and the curse of La Lune that resides within. Finding the architect Julien Duplessi within the mansion, Sandrine and Julien unlock the force of Sandrine’s ancestor, La Lune and all of the dark powers that accompany La Lune’s restless spirit.
Addicting and spell-binding I felt pulled into the story as Sandrine was taken over by La Lune. I was completely captivated by the plot and Sandrine’s story. From the very beginning, there is a feeling that something is off. Sandrine ran away from more than just a loveless marriage, her Grandmother’s house is mysteriously unoccupied and her presence in France and especially at the mansion seems unwanted. The combination of the arts and the occult in Bel-Epoque Paris was evocative and mixed the paranormal with history in an exciting way. The mystery of La Lune had me fascinated as Sandrine was taken ahold by the spirit; at first it seemed a helpful agent in Sandrine’s life enhancing her sensuality and causing her to take a leap into becoming the first woman artist accepted into the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. However, as La Lune gained power Sandrine’s loved ones become increasingly endangered. Overall, this was a gripping, unique and suspenseful story that blended the right amounts of history, paranormal, romance and suspense.
This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.
M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens ofCentral Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed.
She is the author of more than a dozen novels, the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founderof the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Visit her online at MJRose.com.
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