M.J. Rose’s THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS is a tale filled with witchcraft, romance, possession, history, underground occults, and courtesans. This was my first book by M.J Rose, and after reading it I wondered why I haven’t discovered her sooner.
Rose writes with eloquence as she pulls you into New York socialite Sandrine Salome’s world and slowly reveals it’s darker side.The words on the pages seduce you by its evocative prose and you can’t help but be lured into the story. Sandrine was an interesting protagonist. I admired that she left her husband, who she believed was responsible for her father’s suicide, and fled to Paris during a time when it was unthinkable or acceptable for a woman to do. I enjoyed her journey of trying to find her own path, pursing her passions, and finding a way to be independent; all before women’s suffrage began.