ABOUT THE BOOK:
A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France
As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.
Rodin’s Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.
Rodin’s Lover by Heather Webb is a book that is easy to get lost in, not only because of how captivating the main character, Camille, is, but also because of how beautifully the book is written. I became completely absorbed in Camille’s story from the very first page – and once Rodin was introduced the book was even more difficult to put down.
While I have read other books about this time in history, I knew nothing of Camille Claudel and very little about Auguste Rodin. Webb has most definitely done the research needed to bring the art world in Belle Époque France vividly to live on the pages of this book and she’s not afraid to show its low and gritty side along the highs and bright spots. I liked how the book moved between the points of view of Claudel and Rodin and if I’m honest, I was more interested in reading it from Camille’s side of things. She’s an extremely interesting person and I wanted to know more about her as the story progressed. Women artists who were serious back then were born quite before their times, in my opinion. And, it wasn’t only the fact that she was a sculptor, but it was evident in how refused to conform to her mother’s wishes and do what she loved no matter if it wasn’t proper. I adore strong women like her.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m eager to read anything else she’s written or will write in the future. Rodin’s Lover was a pleasure to read from start to finish and quite emotional at times.
*A free advanced copy was given to me in exchange for my honest review*
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Heather Webb grew up a military brat and naturally became obsessed with travel, culture, and languages. She put her degrees to good use teaching high school French for nearly a decade before turning to full time novel writing and freelance editing. Her debut, BECOMING JOSEPHINE, released January 2014 from Plume/Penguin. Her forthcoming novel, RODIN’S LOVER, will release in winter of 2015.
When not writing, Heather flexes her foodie skills or looks for excuses to head to the other side of the world.
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