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Posted July 27, 2007
As a Sargent enthusiast, I was really disappointed in this novel. Diliberto's writing style is very technical, but not at all flowery and there are some factual mistakes and errors throughout the book. In real life, the title character, Virginie Amelie Gautreau was rarely called by her first name and was referred to as Amelie. Also, her husband, Pierre Gautreau, was almost always called Pedro, in connection with his business in South America. The author spent too much time on Amelie's childhood and didn't really capture the essence of her notorious personality. Amelie was vain, sensual, proud, and difficult, which isn't really brought into Diliberto's character who is placid and sappy. I highly recommend 'Strapless' by Deborah Davis, which gives a more accurate portrait of Belle Epoque Paris, the controversy surrounding Madame X, and of the actual people while being just as engrossing as a novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.