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The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose, review

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Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.

Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires.

Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten—her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.


The mind of M.J. Rose is a fantastical place I’d love to visit.  And, in a way, I do when I read her utterly mesmerizing books.  Her books never cease to thrill me and THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS has completely cemented her status as Queen of her genre.

Belle Époque Paris is brought to life on the pages of this book that tells the story of Sandrine, a young woman who escapes a passionless and dangerous marriage and flees to France to be with her grandmother after the death of her father.  Once there, she explores an old house, falls in love, and becomes possessed by La Lune – who makes her do things she normally wouldn’t do.  Her story becomes one of passion.  In fact, the book is quite erotic in places – wonderfully so!  M.J. writes thrilling love scenes that will leave your body tingling.

The characters are people I wanted to know better while I read the tales of their lives.  Sandrine bewitched me from the start, her grandmother intrigued me, and I fell in love with Julien a bit, too.  The plot is like nothing I’ve read before.  Rose always writes the most original books and they always stick with me long after I’m finished.  Descriptions are rich with details and give a reader a sense of living in another time.  Excellent book from beginning to end.


M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed.

She is the author of more than a dozen novels, the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Visit her online at

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One thought on “The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose, review

  1. OH thank you so so much. I’m so moved by this review.

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