The mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time.
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.
With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century.
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Praise for Madame Picasso
“Early twentieth century Paris and Picasso’s lost love come to enchanted, vivid life in Madame Picasso. With a deft eye for detail and deep understanding for her protagonists, Anne Girard captures the earnest young woman who enthralled the famous artist and became his unsung muse.” – C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of THE QUEEN’S VOW
About the Author
Anne Girard was born with writing in her blood. The daughter of a hard-driving Chicago newsman, she has always had the same passion for storytelling that fueled his lifelong career. She hand-wrote her first novel (admittedly, not a very good one) at the age of fourteen, and never stopped imagining characters and their stories. Writing only ever took a backseat to her love of reading.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature from UCLA and a Master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, a chance meeting with the acclaimed author, Irving Stone, sharply focused her ambition onto telling great stories from history with detailed research. “Live where your characters lived, see the things they saw,” he said, “only then can you truly bring them to life for your readers.” Anne took that advice to heart. After Stone’s encouragement twenty years ago, she sold her first novel. When she is not traveling the world researching her stories, Anne and her family make their home in Southern California. When she is not traveling or writing, she is reading fiction.
Genre: Historical Romance/Historical Fiction
Release Date: 26 August, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Purchase: Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Books-a-Million • iTunes • IndieBound
Review Written: 23 September, 2014
The charming story of Eva Gouel, the woman who stole Picasso’s heart, is one of intrigue, mystery, a lady of the night, and of course a charmingly odd artist.
Dreaming of stardom, Eva moves from the countryside of France into the city of Paris. Once there, she sets out to make a name for herself, finding work at perhaps the most famous Cabaret theater in Paris – the Moulin Rouge – as a costumer. It’s perhaps not as glamorous as she’d like to be a star, but it’s definitely a start. Her presence here catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star within the art world, who’s bit eccentric and odd.
The romance that follows is fast paced, spinning as an affair at first, but quickly becomes the greatest love in the artist’s life, and perhaps Eva’s as well.
Girard’s work is a charmingly written novel, full of detailed passages and wonderful research about the Moulin Rouge and life within a costumer’s work. With a voice of their own, the characters rise off the pages and give imagery to this tale of romance, stardom, and eccentric behaviors.
If you’re looking for a good love story, give it a read.