It had been awhile since I’d been absorbed in a good book when I spotted this one at the library. I enjoyed “The Dovekeepers” so thought this might be a safe bet. It grabbed me within the first ten pages and I finished it within a few days. It is both wonderful and inconvenient when you are absorbed in a good book and want to do little else than read it – especially when you have a 2 year old! I’d recommend this book highly – the descriptions and characters were beautiful and the story really engaging.
Here’s the synopsis from the author’s website :: “From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism.
Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. But Rachel’s life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.”