The Witch of Painted Sorrows
By: M.J. Rose
Romance, art, history, mystery and magic all fold delicately together in the bold new novel The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose. Set in the exciting and fee streets, and decadent cafes and living spaces of Paris in the late 1800’s. The young and beautiful Sandrine Verlain escapes a sad marriage that lacks all of the love, security and passion a marriage should. Sandrine seeks all of these as she journeys to France to stay with her unique and distant grandmother. Upon arriving in Paris, Sandrine embarks upon yet another journey, to find true love, her family secret and history. She’ll find much more than she bargained for, and things mysteriously begin to happen, as the young beauty continues to seek answers to her questions. Stemming from a long line of courtesans, the house seems to take on a personality, a life of its own as it exerts a strange influence over Sandrine. Seeking to understand this sensation, as well many others, against her grandmother’s wishes, Sandrine continues to explore the house, and the past.
The Witch of Painted Sorrows is truly an M.J. Rose masterpiece. Every bit as good, if not better than her last, this new novel is filled with vivid descriptions and detail. The story line is dramatically imaginative, fresh and and complex. From the first page to the very end, when I was frantically searching for more, I was loved every minute of this novel. This is one that you will loath to put down. This one, as rich and detailed as the story is, was finished in two and a half days (around a full time job!). Rose transports the reader through space and time, pulling them into the story so that they experience it rather than simply read it. Perfect for any season, this will be a great option for your spring reading when the showers or drizzly days keep you inside. Or read it with your cup of coffee in the sun. This book is just that good. You will want to spend every spare minute you have devouring it.