Book Drunkard

“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery

Claude & Camille book review and giveaway


Claude & Camille by Stephanie Cowell tells the story of Monet and Camille Doncieux who modeled in and inspired many of his famous paintings.

I have always enjoyed Monet’s body of work.  In fact, the painting on the cover of the book has always been a particular favourite of mine.  However, I didn’t know anything of his life so I was eager to read about it.

I loved the book from the moment I read the first word.  To put it simply, I was transported.  I was in Paris, in the dingy apartment, in front of the blank canvas with paintbrush in hand.  Stephanie Cowell is one of those authors who has the ability to write in such a way that you feel like you’re in the places you’re reading about and almost feel shock when you move the book from your face and realize you’re still in your own living room.

Because I knew nothing of Monet beforehand, I can’t attest to the historical accuracy of the book.  To me, it didn’t matter.  I liked the fact that she added other painters to the mix – Manet, Renoir and Monet’s great friend, Pissaro.  It was a nice touch and added so much to the story.  I also really liked the short ‘interludes’ between chapters that take the reader back and forth from ‘young’ to ‘old’ Monet.  It really helped tie the story together for me and gave just enough of a taste of what was coming.

Writing about someone as famous as Monet is ambitious.  And not all authors could pull it off.  Stephanie did so – magnificently.  I recommend it for anyone with a love of history, art or anyone who just loves a good book.


I’m happy to have one (1) copy of Claude & Camille to give away to one lucky ready of my blog.  The contest to open to Canada and the US.  For one entry, leave a comment with your email address.  For an additional entry, Tweet about this giveaway and leave the link to the Tweet.  And then come back on May 16 and see if you’ve won!  Good luck!


17 thoughts on “Claude & Camille book review and giveaway

  1. would love a chance to read this one.
    vvb32 at

  2. I would love to win this book.
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

  3. I love Monet and would adore this book!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Sounds very interesting, I would love a chance to win. jleigh_ar at

  5. I’d love to win this book!

  6. I have been wanting to read Claude and Camille, thank you for the chance.

    knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  7. I absolutely love Monet’s work (as well as other Impressionists.) I have a bunch of art books that feature his work but, like yourself, know nothing about him personally. I’d love a chance to win!
    And for the extra entry, my tweet:


  8. I would love to win a copy! Claude and Camille is at the top of my wishlist.


  9. Tweet:

  10. I love Monet’s work! I went to a museum in Boston and was surprised at how many Monet paintings they had. There was a whole room full and I just sat looked at them for a long time. This book sounds great, and I’ll make sure to pick it up if I don’t win a copy!

  11. No need to enter me as I already have the book – but I totally agree with you that Stephanie Cowell absolutely transports you into the lives of her characters. A beautiful book that I raced through. Great review!

  12. I love Monet’s paintings.

  13. Putting this one on my Wish List

    maynekitty [at] live [dot] com

  14. tweeted

  15. Thank you for entering me. =)

  16. Love Monet’s work…thanks for the chance to read this wonderful book 🙂

  17. One of my favorite artists=)
    It would be nice to read a book about the man behind the talent, thanks for a chance!
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

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