Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Book Review: Becoming Lisette by Rebecca Glenn

Rebecca Glenn has created well developed characters that are well rounded and written in a manner that I kept reading out of a love for the protagonist and through each moment of her life. You see the beauty and horror of life through Lisette's eyes and the writer has done an amazing job with the little things in the scenery to put me in the moment but writing a great plot as well. I look forward to more books from this author. Each corner of life that Lisette turns brings another change but just as one door closes another opens. I loved being transported to another time and place where I could taste, see, here and experience all that Glenn offers in this brilliant novel.

"Independent and beautiful, Élisabeth Vigée, affectionately called Lisette by friends and family, has progressed in the art of oil painting faster than anyone could have anticipated. Having received instruction from her beloved father, Louis Vigée, a prominent Parisian guild painter, Lisette possesses all the qualities of a brilliant young painter, but is saddled with a singular disadvantage – being a woman. Undeterred, Lisette believes that she can become a painter in late 18-century Paris. Approaching a marriageable age, her parents have other plans for Lisette, ones that don’t include painting. Lisette finds support in a dashing art collector and French Army officer named Amante, who is clearly intrigued by her talent and beauty.
After Lisette’s father dies unexpectedly, her family is left in dire financial straits. Lisette wants to support her family, but before she can sell a single painting, her mother marries a wealthy merchant jeweler named Le Sèvre. Le Sèvre discovers Lisette’s artistic abilities and soon has her painting portraits of his noble and wealthy jewelry clientele. It quickly becomes clear that Le Sèvre only wants to control Lisette, leading to severe consequences for her budding career, Amante’s pursuit of her affections and even her safety. Lisette realizes that she must find her own way – before it is too late.
Becoming Lisette is Book One of the Queen’s Painter."

***I received this book in return for my unbiased honest opinion.***