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 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 Series
I was excited to get to read Becoming Lisette by Rebecca Glenn.
This was a great summer read for me, which includes most of my favorite subjects
all in one book including History, Geography, Romance and a Strong Female Lead.
I love how the author incorporates 18th century France into the
story seamlessly. I like that Lisette forges on with grace as a painter. Throughout
the novel I felt like I was back in time with Lisette. I found this novel to be a easy
read with a suspenseful plot which made me want to know more, page after page.
I am looking forward to Book 2, I recommend it.I received this product in exchange for a review. All my opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the
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