“…The pacing and structure are perfectly judged and help to develop Gastien’s story. What really makes this a cut above many other historical dramas is the emotional complexity of Gastien, which creates a great deal of empathy. He feels – and this is quite rare in historical fiction – like a real person.”
–Chris Algernon, IndieBookSpot
When young Gastien Beauchamp flees the farm for Paris, the late nineteenth century bohemian era is in full swing. Color has always called to him, beseeching him to capture it on canvas and show people a new way of seeing things. His father belittled his dream of being an artist and tried to beat him into giving it up. The dream wouldn’t die, but Gastien would have had he not left.
He also yearns to become a great lover. After the years of anguish he has endured at the hand of his father, it would be heaven to feel pleasure instead of pain.
However, the city of Paris has a ruthless agenda. Unless a man has money and connections, Paris unfeelingly crushes dreams and destroys souls. With neither of the required assets, Gastien faces living in alleys, digging in trash bins for food, and sleeping where a man is often killed for his threadbare blanket.
Left with only his dreams, Gastien stubbornly pushes on. He vows that absolutely nothing will stop him, not yet realizing what keeping that vow might mean. Sometimes the “impossible” is possible – but the cost can be extremely high.
One of the MANY five star reviews!
This book, the first in a trilogy, catches your mind and races away with it. Drawing you further and further into Gastiens world and holding you there for hours upon hours.
When you can break away, it stays in your thoughts, until you rush back, and once again you are drawn into the world of Gastien.
Very enjoyable. With a touch of Horatio Alger’s, Rags to Riches atmosphere. Enjoy!!
If you buy any book this month or next, this series is the set to buy. Start at the beginning with Gastien part 1 and begin a page turning adventure full of Love, Adventure, Color, and Humiliation.
Well worth the extremely low cost right now. Buy it now at an exceptional bargain. – Dayton F. Larson