WOW! There is absolutely no other way to begin about this incredible novel. Author MJ Rose has created yet another epically stunning, beautiful novel of romance and suspense, intrigue, and desire. The story drew me in from the first page, and I found it truly impossible to put down. It flows together beautifully, and leaves the reader guessing at many points. The characters are robust and enchanting, and their tale is nearly epic in scope. This is a truly bewitching novel that is haunting and magical. I am eagerly anticipating the second novel in this new series, The Secret Language of Stones.
Sandrine Verlaine is lost. After the tragic loss of her father in America, she knows she is not safe in her abusive marriage and flees. A long overseas trip to Paris brings her to the home of her Grandmother, a famous courtesan in Parisian society. Sandrine has no idea what’s in store for her. Her grandmother despairs of her, convinced that a ghost from the past is haunting Sandrine. But Sandrine is not convinced. As days turn into weeks, Sandrine grows in several ways. She was always warned about falling in love, and that is was dangerous for Verlaine women as La Lune, a descendant and witch, would capture them. Sandrine continues to grow in her own sexuality and artistic desires. But the past is catching up with her. Can Sandrine stop the machinations of La Lune, and learn to live for herself?
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 Époque Paris.
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.
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.