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.
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.
Madame Picasso Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, August 25 Review at Flashlight Commentary
Thursday, September 4 Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court
Friday, September 5 Review at To Read or Not to Read
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
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
Thursday, September 25 Review at Kincavel Korner
Friday, September 26 Interview at Kincavel Korner