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The Witch of Painted Sorrows (The Daughters of La Lune)
by M. J. Rose

Published: 2015-03-17
Hardcover : 384 pages
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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 ...
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Introduction

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.

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Four months ago I snuck into Paris on a wet, chilly January night like a criminal, hiding my face in my shawl, taking extra care to be sure I wasn’t followed.
I stood on the stoop of my grandmother’s house and lifted the hand-shaped bronze door knocker and let it drop. The sound of the metal echoed inside. Her home was on a lane blocked off from rue des Saints-Pe?res by wide wooden double doors. Maison de la Lune, as it was called, was one of a half dozen four-story mid-eighteenth- century stone houses that shared a courtyard that backed up onto rue du Dragon. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1.Paris during the Belle Epoche plays such an important role in this book, its almost a character in the story. How does the author use the city, and the era as a metaphor for what the main character experiences.

2. Do you think the grandmother’s role in the book was a malveloent or benevolent force? Do you think she too was being manipulated by La Lune?

3. At the heart of this novel is one woman’s developing passions. How does Sandrine change as a woman, a wife, an artist — and you think she goes too far to realize her destiny?

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  "The Witch of Painted Sorrows"by phesselbart (see profile) 07/15/15

Our club did not like this one. It moved slowly and never really got anywhere. Most members did not like the occult scenes, especially being buried in a coffin! The were some good erotic parts, but it... (read more)

 
  "The Witch of Painted Sorrows"by nbaker (see profile) 09/09/16

This is the second book I have read by M. J. Rose (Seduction) and I also have two more in my "to read" list. I have to say I think I liked Seduction a bit more. The Witch of Painted Sorrows revolves around... (read more)

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