Im writing this from my tablet while juggling my newborn son, so apologies for any typos, as well as the lack of my usual formatting. :)
From the publisher:
American artist Joseph Hannigan and his alluring sister, Sophie, have arrived in enchanting nineteenth-century Venice with a single-minded goal. The twins, who have fled scandal in New York, are determined to break into Venice’s expatriate set and find a wealthy patron to support Joseph’s work.
But the enigmatic Hannigans are not the only ones with a secret agenda. Joseph’s talent soon attracts the attention of the magnificent Odilé Leon, a celebrated courtesan and muse who has inspired many artists to greatness. But her inspiration comes with a devastatingly steep price.
As Joseph falls under the courtesan’s spell, Sophie joins forces with Nicholas Dane, the one man who knows Odilé’s dark secret, and her sworn enemy. When the seductive muse offers Joseph the path to eternal fame, the twins must decide who to believe—and just how much they are willing to sacrifice for fame.
Megan Chance's Inamorata is labeled as historical fiction, but I found it to be more solidly in the vein of supernatural fiction, similar to Anne Rice's beloved Vampire Chronicles.
The story is beautifully woven, even as it wades through some uncomfortable subject matter. It is told in turns, from each of the 4 main characters perspectives, and as their paths cross and intermingle the story becomes more complex, dark and at times disturbing. But as you come to understand and even care for each character, you can't help but continue reading.
I'd definitely recommend this novel to fans of supernatural fiction, artfully told period pieces and those looking for a unique story. Because try as I might, I can't come up with a story I've read that's similar.
Thank you to the publisher and Lisa from TLC Book tours for the review copy of this novel. To see what other readers thought, click here.