Saturday, September 28, 2013

Discover the "Gastien" series by Caddy Rowland

Looking for a new series to get lost in? Discover Caddy Rowland's engaging series about Gastien and the Beauchamps family, appealing to lovers of historical fiction, drama, family sagas, and psychological novels.

Gastien Part 1: The Cost of the Dream (The Gastien Series), by Caddy Rowland

"What is Gastien? What is a family saga? I didn't know either of these things at first, but it sounded interesting. It was so much better than interesting though. This review will never come close enough to how this book made me felt, but I will try.

Have you ever had a goal in life, one that no matter what, you would never give up on? Were you in a position in life that stated, by almost everyone, you'll never make it? That was Gastien's world. Born to a bitter and abusive father, in order to accomplish his dream of painting, he must run and never return home. He was a dreamer who refused to quit, and he will take himself to the most bitter edge of starvation to accomplish it. When others would say `I would rather eat' or `I would rather live somewhere nice', he chooses to never give up and use that money for his art. Foolish or brilliant?

Gastien will rise and fall multiple times. When will he get his ultimate dream? A job? When will he at least get off the streets? Just when you think `he's okay', it all comes crashing down again. Just like in life, you never know what to expect in this book. You could be crying emotionally for three pages at a time, and then the next start bouncing with joy. It is a rollercoaster ride that I do not want to get off of. I think my heart will break a little when the journey is finally over.

This book is sexually charged. Besides painting and art, Gastien is definitely about the sex. That is who he is though, without it, this book would not be the same. Having such a hard time as a child, growing up to love is tough. Sex is a substitute to feel wanted and warm. I have a feeling the second book is really going to be putting Gastien to a test, if the summary is anything close to it!

The highest I can rate it is five. However to me, this is one of the best books I have read in years. It will be a long time before another book will be able to take its place." -- "Trying to Live” Book Blog

When young Gastien Beauchamp flees the farm for Paris, the late nineteenth century bohemian era is in full swing. Color has always called to him, beseeching him to capture it on canvas and show people a new way of seeing things. His father belittled his dream of being an artist and tried to beat him into giving it up. The dream wouldn’t die, but Gastien would have had he not left.

He also yearns to become a great lover. After the years of anguish he has endured at the hand of his father, it would be heaven to feel pleasure instead of pain.

However, the city of Paris has a ruthless agenda. Unless a man has money and connections, Paris unfeelingly crushes dreams and destroys souls. With neither of the required assets, Gastien faces living in alleys, digging in trash bins for food, and sleeping where a man is often killed for his threadbare blanket.

Left with only his dreams, Gastien stubbornly pushes on. He vows that absolutely nothing will stop him, not yet realizing what keeping that vow might mean. Sometimes the “impossible” is possible – but the cost can be extremely high.

This historical fiction novel is book 1 of a 5 book drama/family saga for adults (The Gastien Series). Each book can stand on its own, but is most compelling read in order.

Historic people, places, events and things mentioned: Impressionism, bohemia, Acdémie Julian, bourgeois, Crémerie Restaurant Polidor, absinthe, hashish, L'Estaque, Le Procope, Montmartre, Notre Dame de Paris, artist, gentry, peasant

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Meet the Author

Caddy Rowland grew up with a stack of books that almost reached the ceiling before she was five. Books, along with her vivid imagination, have always been some of her closest friends.

She lives with her husband, who was her high school sweetheart. They are owned by two parrots. Besides being a writer, she is an artist. One can often find her "makin' love to the color" (painting) with loud music blaring.

Her goal as an author is to make readers laugh, cry, think, and become intimately connected with her main characters. She writes dramatic novels showcasing the sublime joy and bitter tragedy of being human.

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