BOOK REVIEW: belle epoque by elizabeth ross
03 November 2013
Captivating, vivid and poignant, this book is about beauty, and how it doesn't always have to come from the outside, it can come from within a person, how much beauty is treasured in people's lives and how you can come about to achieve it.
Elizabeth Rossi has managed to capture France, in all its ups and downs, so authentically that you feel as if you are there and I applaud her for creating such genuine characters, that you can honestly feel for them and relate to their dreams, and hopes and wishes; their sorrows and hardships. The unique characters light up the book with their sincerity and bona fide personalities that make you want to keep reading, to find out their futures, and travel with them along the way.
“Groping in the blackness seems an appropriate metaphor for the creative life. You are compelled to do this work but cannot know the end result...”
I loved how Maude was such a credible person that i felt like i could step into her shoes quite easily and be the one having a whirlwind of a life, handling becoming a repoussoir, making friends, keeping friends and at the same time having a dream to strive for, to make life better. Characters can make or break a book: if they are sloppily shaped, unrelatable, stereotypical, those are all signs of a bad book, but these characters made this book in style!
Noun || Painting.
a figure or object in the extreme foreground: used as a contrast and to increase the illusion of depth.
1870–75; < French, equivalent to repouss ( er ) to push back
Belle Epoque is a book about self-discovery, the worth of inner and outer beauty, chasing dreams and above all else, being yourself. The writing was exquisite, the characters beautiful; Elizabeth Rossi has delivered, with great elegance, her debut novel, and it has gone straight to my 'favorites' list. Please write another book? Please?
*Thank you to Hot Key for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.