I had very high hopes for the novel "Girl in the Afternoon”, when I selected the novel for review. Sadly, I was nothing except disappointed by this novel and I could barely push through to the story to reach the ending. The reasons for my dislike has to be the fact that this story went absolutely nowhere. From beginning to end I kept waiting for the story to actually start moving forward, but it was like the author stalled and never really finished the book.
The characters, Aimée and Henri were one-sided. Both of the characters might have been the opposite sex but I felt like it was the same old character regardless of their own individual stories tied into the book. On a positive note, I did like that the characters were centered in Paris. I've always been a fan of any novel that takes place in Paris and the backdrop of the city added a nice delight into the book, but it was not enough for me to recommend this book.
Returning to the plot, as I previously mentioned in this review, the storyline needed a lot of work or perhaps I should say it needed mending. The characters certainly did not need to be written in the same manner.
Overall I am not sure that I will be reading anymore novels by the author.
Born into a wealthy Parisian family at the center of Belle Epoque society, 18-year-old Aimée Savaray dreams of becoming a respected painter in the male-dominated art world; and secretly, she also dreams of being loved by Henri, the boy her parents took in as a child and raised alongside her.
But when Henri inexplicably disappears, in the midst of the Franco-Prussian war, the Savarays’ privileged lives begin to unravel. Heartbroken, Aimée tries to find him, but Henri doesn’t want to be found?and only one member of the family knows why.
As Aimée seeks refuge in the art world, mentored by the Impressionist Édouard Manet, she unwittingly finds her way back to Henri. With so many years gone by and secrets buried, their eventual reunion unmasks the lies that once held the family together, but now threaten to tear them apart.
A rich and opulent saga, Girl in the Afternoon brings the Impressionists to life in this portrait of scandal, fortune, and unrequited love.