Reaching into history to find an amazing story might be difficult for us to imagine, but it seems easy for Caddy Rowland, the author of the Gastien series, of which the first two books are out. Our hero, Gastien, struggles to emerge from a troubled childhood into a surprisingly intricate Parisian landscape. There's plenty of swooning and intrigue to be found in this novel as well. Can Gastien rise from his humble beginnings in this Aladdin-like tale? Find out now!
Name: Gastien Part 1: The Cost of the Dream
Rating: 4.2 stars over 19 reviews
Description: In this first book of the Gastien series, young Gastien Beauchamp begins his journey from the farm to Paris with two goals in life. The first is to become an artist with his own studio, following his own rules. That is an almost impossible dream for a peasant with no money or formal training. Paris spits out talented men into the gutters every day. “Good” gets you nowhere. “Great” maybe gets you a bowl of soup.
The second is to become the greatest lover in France. That should be easy. With his stunning looks and willingness to learn, the women of Paris are about to be awakened in a way they have only dreamt about in the nineteenth century!
Gastien also has focus, drive, and raw, natural talent. With the dream burning inside of him, he is determined to succeed at any cost. Poor Gastien. If he could only know in advance what brutal struggles await him, he might turn around and go back home.
Sometimes the “impossible” is possible. But the cost can be extremely high.
Reviews: "I have to start out by saying this was a very well thought out and detailed story, and I commend the author. Gastien definitely had many sides to him throughout this story, all due to his upbringing. The story has romance, good supporting characters, and wonderful storytelling by the author. If you are a diehard fan of the historical genre and era in which the story takes place, the 1800s, then you might really enjoy this book. The drama aspect as well, will definitely take you on an emotional ride, as you follow his journey."
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