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Monday, September 1, 2014

HF Virtual Book Tours Review: Madame Picasso by Anne Girard

Title: Madame Picasso
Author: Anne Girard
Format: ARC
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Publish Date: August 26, 2014
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours

What's the Story:

From "When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.

A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso's life."

My Two Cents:

"Madame Picasso" is a story of a woman, Eva, who lives in France and becomes mistress of Pablo Picasso, the famous artist. This book is set in a really interesting time in France's history where things are changing quickly the height Bohemian era and the threat of World War I later on. Paris is filled with artists. The story is about the relationship between Eva and Picasso and how the relationship changes and blooms. I love this story!

I love a lot of historical fiction however I really love any historical fiction that has anything to do with art. I was drawn to this book because of Pablo Picasso, who happens to be one of my favorite artists. His art is very interesting to me but I really don't know much about the man behind the art other then he was involved the Bohemian era of the early 1900s. Like about historical fiction is so I can give you insight into famous people that you didn't know before. Eva herself is a very interesting character that I loved reading about. She becomes a seamstress for the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris. Some of my favorite descriptions in the book are how she wins the hearts and minds of some of the most famous and difficult dancers at the Moulin Rouge.

This book is full of a lot of great detail. The author really brings Picasso and Ava to life in this book. She also uses a lot of great detail to bring some of the other famous people of the time to life, such as Gertrude Stein. This book definitely sweeps you up in all of these different personalities.

I also really like the setting. The book is mostly set in Paris, which happens to be one of my favorite places to read about. The author really captures the feeling of the city during this time. And made it very interesting to read about. For anyone also likes armchair traveling, this book would definitely be a good pick! Overall, I thought this was a great novel and I really enjoyed meeting all of these characters!

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  1. The setting and the detail makes this a great read.

  2. I'm in the begins of this novel now and agree with you about the amount of detail Anne Girard has put into it. Great review!


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