Black Venus

Title: Black Venus

Author: James MacManus

Publisher: Duckworth Overlook originally Gerald Duckworth & Co.

Publication Date: February 27th 2014

Category: Historical Fiction

Source: Bought it from a closing book store

Rating: 3/5 stars

Source of Featured Image: goodreads.com

An intriguing story about love in Paris between a poet and cabaret singer but it’s not what you think.

‘Black Venus’ is a novel about a nineteenth century love affair between Charles Baudelaire, the scandalous poet and Jeanne Duval as the muse who captured his heart. It is however not your traditional love story where boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after. It is instead a book about how two different people cope within their relationship and the types of troubles caused because of it.

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Daughters of Rome

Title: Daughters of Rome

Author: Kate Quinn

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Publication date: April 5th, 2011

Category: Historical Fiction

Source: Bought it from a closing book store

Rating: 3/5 stars

Source of Featured Image: katequinnauthor.com

 

I was at a shopping center in April/May this year and noticed this book store was closing down. I went inside and found this book. I thought it would be perfect to review since I have an interest in history. I loved the idea of ancient Roman times so this novel brought me to a world full of drama and danger.

‘Daughters of Rome’ follows four Roman cousins: Cornelia, Marcella, Lollia and Diana as they travel on their paths of love, manipulation and uncertainty. Cornelia hopes to become empress of Rome whilst Marcella writes passionately on the historical events, going above and beyond to obtain the information she so seeks.

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