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is back with her latest novel !
Author Heather Webb
January 19-28, 2015
[historical fiction/ women’s fiction]
Release date: January 27, 2015
A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France
As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.
Rodin’s Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape. [provided by the author]
“Dazzling!….. In Rodin’s Lover, author Heather Webb brings to life, with vivid detail, the story of brilliant and tormented sculptress Camille Claudel and the epic love affair with the legendary sculptor who worshiped her. Deeply moving and meticulously researched, this book will capture your heart, then hold it tightly long after the final page.” –Anne Girard, author of Madame Picasso
“A rich, sensuous novel…[was] written with great empathy for the very human Rodin and his lover, this novel of the visceral world of the 19th century Paris ateliers, of clay-stained dresses and fingernails, lithe models who vow to remain and then go, family love which stays through all difficulties and talent which endures, comes vividly to life.” ––Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather Webb is the author of historical novels BECOMING JOSEPHINE
and RODIN’S LOVER published by Plume/Penguin,
a freelance editor, and blogger.
You may also find her contributing to award-winning writing sites
including WriterUnboxed and RomanceUniversity.org.
When not writing,
Heather flexes her foodie skills
and looks for excuses to head to the other side of the world.
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In this, her second novel, Heather Webb tackles weighty subjects: mental illness, envy, oppression, illicit love. That she does so in a way that preserves Camille’s integrity and prevents her from becoming an object of pity testifies to Webb’s skill as a writer.
Deeper and defter than Webb’s debut, it promises even richer work to come.
The story was a page-turner for me, and I read this book in one, blissfully uninterrupted, sitting. There aren’t too many books I can say that about.
I highly recommend it, and I know I will be picking up Heather Webb’s other work.
Rodin’s Lover is a mesmerising historical fiction title. It’s wonderfully well-written and I cared for all of the characters…
I highly recommend this novel if you’re a reader of historical fiction, like novels with an independent and decisive female character, and have an interest in art, sculptures, and the Belle Epoque period.
VERDICT: Rodin’s Lover is simply a masterful page-turner on French sculptor Camille Claudel, her time, her work, and her complex relationship with Rodin. Art, love, and madness beautifully cast together in Paris Belle Époque.
This is definitely not a book to pass on if you are a fan of either of these sculptors’ works; or, of historical fiction in general. Webb did a wonderful job portraying these two artists. I really enjoyed this novel. I hope you will, too.
I am not going to beat around the bush with this review, let me just say that I loved it! This is Heather Webb’s 2nd novel and she is on a roll.
It is very evident that the author knows this time period quite well. Not just the environment and lifestyle but all to do with the art of scrupling. Camille’s character was well developed and there was depth that brought her to life.
Exceptionally researched, Webb highlights the art world in all its glory and harshness.
Webb spins a great story about art and love and the way that they intersect with each other.
My fellow historical fiction fans will find so much to love about this book. I am anxiously awaiting Webb’s next release.
I couldn’t tear myself away from Rodin’s Lover. Although I already knew the fate of Camille, I wanted to know her feelings and feel her suffering.
…For those of us who love to have an intimate peek into the lives of women who have been historically overshadowed by the men they attached themselves to, Heather does not disappoint.
Heather Webb has an intuitive manner of ebbing out a strong presence of women in literature