Monday, January 20, 2014

France Book Tours Book Review & eBook Giveaway: Gastien, The Cost of the Dream


When young Gastien Beauchamp flees the farm for Paris, the late nineteenth century bohemian era is in full swing. Color has always called to him, beseeching him to capture it on canvas and show people a new way of seeing things. His father belittled his dream of being an artist and tried to beat him into giving it up. The dream wouldn’t die, but Gastien would have had he not left.
He also yearns to become a great lover. After the years of anguish he has endured at the hand of his father, it would be heaven to feel pleasure instead of pain.
However, the city of Paris has a ruthless agenda. Unless a man has money and connections, Paris unfeelingly crushes dreams and destroys souls. With neither of the required assets, Gastien faces living in alleys, digging in trash bins for food, and sleeping where a man is often killed for his threadbare blanket.

Left with only his dreams, Gastien stubbornly pushes on. He vows that absolutely nothing will stop him, not yet realizing what keeping that vow might mean. Sometimes the “impossible” is possible – but the cost can be extremely high.

This historical fiction novel is book 1 of a 5 book drama/family saga for adults (The Gastien Series).  As such, it contains adult themes and graphic scenes. Each book can stand on its own, but is most compelling read in order.

My review:

I was excited to read this book as when I was in Paris, I went on a guided walking tour of the Montmartre area which is an area of Paris that was historically inhabited by artists, many of which was struggling to make ends meet in order to pursue their dream. In Gastien, The Cost of a Dream we meet Gastien, an artist whose live embodied the struggles and challenges that the guide on my walking tour spoke of.  He comes to Paris to fulfill his dream of being an accomplished artists but quickly learns that the road to success is extremely difficult.  He meets people along the way who are willing to help him out but some of those offers of help are not selfless and force Gastien to decide how badly he wants to pursue his dream, and whether he is willing to compromise his values to pursue that dream.

The synopsis of the book indicates that the book contains adult themes and graphic scenes, and that is certainly the case.  I have never read 50 Shades of Grey, but some of the scenes in this book are probably similar to what you would read in 50 Shades of Grey...  so just keep that in mind if you plan to check this out. 

Lastly, this the first book in a 5 book series.

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Author Bio:

Caddy Rowland grew up with a stack of books that almost reached the ceiling before she was five. Books, along with her vivid imagination, have always been some of her closest friends.

She lives with her husband, who was her high school sweetheart. They are owned by two parrots. Besides being a writer, she is an artist. One can often find her “makin’ love to the color” (painting) with loud music blaring.

Her goal as an author is to make readers laugh, cry, think, and become intimately connected with her main characters. She writes dramatic novels showcasing the sublime joy and bitter tragedy of being human.

To get her books and get in touch with her:
Author Central Page on Amazon
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Gastien Fanpage on Facebook
Author Blog
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Author Email:
caddyauthor at yahoo dot com
Twitter: @caddyorpims

I have one digital copy to give away so please leave a comment by Friday, January 24 to be included in the giveaway.


Jeanie said...

But did you like it? It sounds pretty interesting. Don't add me in the drawing though -- I still read books the old fashioned way!

Hope Charleston was great!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing about the book. Emma at FBT

Abby said...

Interesting book - I bet it was really fun to read while in Paris so the words you were reading were coming to life with the sights you were seeing!

It's interesting the dreams we go after and how much affect they can potentially have on your life. Negative and positive. And it can be such a huge risk!

Amber said...

That sounds super interesting. I actually didn't mind the graphic scenes in 50 shades of grey (not to sound perverted or anything, ha) it was how annoying and naive and stupid their relationship was that got me so frustrated I had to stop reading. Ha.

I agree with Abby, it must have been really cool to read this book after visiting that neighbourhood on your trip to Paris, you could probably really imagine the scenes that played out there.

Unknown said...

Thank you for reading my book. I appreciate it very much.

Stephany said...

HA, Amber's comment made me LOL.

So cool to read this book right after your Paris trip. It probably made it all feel so much more real!