One of the perks of being an author is getting first crack at new books.
I’ve been reading my way through an embarras d’ARCs. This week, I dug into:
–Alyson Richman’s The Velvet Hours. Do you remember that Paris apartment that was discovered intact a few years ago? It had belonged to Marthe de Florian, a little known Belle Epoque courtesan, and had been abandoned and sealed up in 1939, just as the Nazis were marching into Paris. Alyson Richman takes the contents of that apartment and the few facts known about Marthe de Florian and her granddaughter, Solange, and weaves them into something rich and beautiful. Warning: it packs a very strong emotional punch!
— M.J. Rose’s The Secret Language of Stones. If you’ve read her The Witch of Painted Sorrows, this is the second in her Daughters of La Lune series, about the descendants of a seventeenth century witch who, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, discover their own talents in both art and the occult. Painted Sorrows is set in Belle Epoque France, Secret Language of Stones in Paris in the midst of World War I, painting a vivid picture of a Paris gray with rain and with mourning, as citizens struggle to come to terms with their grief and fear. The heroine, a jeweler, finds herself drawn into the intrigues of a group of Russian emigres– and into secrets of love and magic.
Right now, I’m taking a brief ARC break with a re-read of Georgette Heyer’s Arabella— and then back to the ARC pile!
What have you been reading this week?