Challenges: Historical Fiction, I Love Libraries, Readers to the Rescue, Snagged @ the Library
Genre: Historical Fiction
Description: When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.
A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso's life. (from Goodreads)
Thoughts: I really didn't know what to make of book, even though I had seen fairly positive reviews of the book on a number of blogs that I read on a regular basis, when I received a copy from the library. But once I delved into the book, I found myself intrigued not only by the relationship between Pablo and Eva, but with Eva herself and found myself looking for information on her, only to find that there wasn't much available on her.
This was a book I literally had to tear myself away from as I was completing the book. I was not wanting the book to end, as not only were the characters memorable, but how the author used her words allowed me to be easily drawn into Pablo and Eva's world.
Bottom line: I quite enjoyed this read and was definitely a favourite read, not only among the historical fiction that I have read so far this year, but also among my general fictional reads as well. I found it to be one of those books that will take you by surprise, in a good way. Highly recommended.