Published: July 18, 17
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Narrator: Sherry Baines
Length: 13 hrs. 17 min.
In the wake of a dark and brutal World War, the glitz and glamour of 1925 Manhattan shine like a beacon for the high society set, which is desperate to keep their gaze firmly fixed to the future. But Delphine Duplessi sees more than most. At a time in her career when she could easily be unknown and penniless, like so many of her classmates from L’École de Beaux Arts, in America she has gained notoriety for her stunning “shadow portraits” that frequently expose her subjects’ most scandalous secrets—for better or for worse. Most nights Delphine doesn’t mind that her gift has become mere entertainment—a party trick—for the fashionable crowd. Though her ancestor La Lune, the legendary sixteenth-century courtesan and—like Delphine—a witch, might have thought differently.
Then, on a snowy night in February, in a penthouse high above Fifth Avenue, Delphine’s mystical talent leads to a tragedy between two brothers. Horrified, she renounces her gift.
Devastated and disconsolate, Delphine returns to her old life in the south of France where Picasso, Matisse, and the Fitzgeralds are summering. There, Delphine is thrust into recapturing the past. First by her charismatic twin brother and business manager Sebastian in his attempts to cajole her back to work and into co-dependence, then by the world famous opera singer Emma Calvé, who is obsessed with the centuries-old Book of Abraham, written by the fourteenth-century alchemist Nicolas Flamel. And finally by her ex-lover Mathieu, who is determined to lure her back into his arms, unaware of the danger that had led Delphine to flee Paris for New York five years before.My thoughts:
I read the other 2 books in the series (reviews HERE) but for some reason I missed this one. Luckily my library had this book available so I decided that now was the time to dive back into this world. I was glad I did and this one was filled with legendary artists and lots of color to temper the darkness within the tale.
The side story of Nicolas Flamel mentioned in the blurb was just a way of getting Delphine back into her own story, one she couldn't run from no matter how she tried, but it felt more important. Unfortunately it wasn't a part of Delphine's journey and that saddened me. Perhaps we will get that story next?
Without revealing too much I think those who enjoy romance with a bit of magic will enjoy this story. The romance isn't without tragedy and a bit of drama but all of it is well placed and designed for our couple (especially Delphine) to learn and be ready for the next phase of their lives.
The narration by Sherry Baines was good but there was little separation between characters and her females all sounded roughly the same. It did not hinder my enjoyment of the book but I thought I'd mention it.
I give the book 4 stars. It is a good addition to the series and I hope we get more as I enjoy following this family though their trials and finding true love.
It's the first time I hear about this one but it looks good!ReplyDelete
I think you'll like it. Do try the first book first though... it means more in order.Delete
What a gorgeous cover for this! Glad the insides match the outsides. ;) This sounds like a good series. I will have to add it to my list!ReplyDelete
It is a good series.Delete
Libraries are the best! I typically grab books as I walk by them (on our way to the children's section downstairs), and I'm often surprised by what they have. Books I haven't thought about in years! I'm happy you were able to continue a series, and that it's a good one! I think it's on my TBR...ReplyDelete
Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬
Nope! But I'm adding them now. :)Delete
Sweet! I do hope you enjoy. I used to peruse the shelves but now I usually have them set it aside for me or I get the ebook/audiobook if I can.Delete
Glad to hear this was another winner in the series. Hopefully the next book will focus more on Flamel!ReplyDelete
Me too! :DDelete
I'll have to check Hoopla for this one.ReplyDelete
Karen @ For What It's Worth
I hope your library has it!Delete
Sounds pretty good! I love the sound of the 1920's setting too... and beautiful cover!ReplyDelete
I think you'd enjoy this series.Delete
What an interesting concept and storyline. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
This sounds like an interesting series. Hopefully you get to see more of the Nicolas Flamel plotline in the next installment!ReplyDelete
I agree! :)Delete
I love the cover! It sounds like an interesting series.ReplyDelete
It has been very good so far.Delete
You remind me that I really need to try her books. They always sound so fab. Glad you loved this latest after discovering that you'd missed it, Melissa!ReplyDelete
I know so many authors I need to try!Delete
I've never read this author but that's an interesting cover.ReplyDelete
This series is pretty good and all the covers are alike.Delete
This cover is so gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Check out the rest of the series :)Delete