Review: Madame Picasso by Anne Girard

Madame Picasso

Publication Date: August 26, 2014 Harlequin MIRA Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction


The mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time

When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.

A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can’t help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso’s life.

With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century.

My Review:

The moment this book was announced to me via email for a book tour, I knew instantly I was meant to read this story. Anne Girard brings her readers a dynamic story of the world renowned artist, Picasso and the great love of his life, Eva.

This has several elements to the story that truly captured my heart and gripped such a strong hold of profound empathy and feeling of being intimately bounded with the characters-especially Picasso and Eva. For a writer to achieve that kind of emotion in a reader-you know you have come across greatness.

This story has forever changed what I thought I knew of this iconic figure, Picasso and his inner circle, his family life and what was behind the creation of his paintings.

A must read!

Stephanie M. Hopkins


Praise for Madame Picasso

“Early twentieth century Paris and Picasso’s lost love come to enchanted, vivid life in Madame Picasso. With a deft eye for detail and deep understanding for her protagonists, Anne Girard captures the earnest young woman who enthralled the famous artist and became his unsung muse.” – C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of THE QUEEN’S VOW

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About the Author


Anne Girard was born with writing in her blood. The daughter of a hard-driving Chicago newsman, she has always had the same passion for storytelling that fueled his lifelong career. She hand-wrote her first novel (admittedly, not a very good one) at the age of fourteen, and never stopped imagining characters and their stories. Writing only ever took a backseat to her love of reading.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature from UCLA and a Master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, a chance meeting with the acclaimed author, Irving Stone, sharply focused her ambition onto telling great stories from history with detailed research. “Live where your characters lived, see the things they saw,” he said, “only then can you truly bring them to life for your readers.” Anne took that advice to heart. After Stone’s encouragement twenty years ago, she sold her first novel. When she is not traveling the world researching her stories, Anne and her family make their home in Southern California. When she is not traveling or writing, she is reading fiction.

Anne also writes historical fiction under the name Diane Haeger. For more information, visit You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Madame Picasso Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 25 Review at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, August 26 Review at Historical Fiction Notebook Interview & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, August 27 Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages Interview & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Notebook

Thursday, August 28 Review & Giveaway at Words and Peace Review & Giveaway at Kinx’s Book Nook

Friday, August 29 Review at Scandalous Women Review at Curling Up by the Fire

Monday, September 1 Review at A Bookish Affair Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, September 2 Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, September 3 Review at Gobs and Gobs of Books Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Thursday, September 4 Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court

Friday, September 5 Review at To Read or Not to Read

Monday, September 8 Review at Book of Secrets Review & Giveaway at Mina’s Bookshelf

Tuesday, September 9 Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, September 10 Review at Books in the Burbs

Thursday, September 11 Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Friday, September 12 Review at Caroline Wilson Writes Review at The Book Binder’s Daughter

Monday, September 15 Review at Layered Pages Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Tuesday, September 16 Review at She is Too Fond of Books

Wednesday, September 17 Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, September 18 Review at One Book of a Time

Friday, September 19 Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

Monday, September 22 Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Tuesday, September 23 Review at The Librarian Fatale

Wednesday, September 24 Review at CelticLady’s Reviews Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Thursday, September 25 Review at Kincavel Korner

Friday, September 26 Interview at Kincavel Korner

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