Gastien: From Dream to Destiny

Gastien: From Dream to Destiny

by Caddy Rowland

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"I am Gastien Beauchamp, artist and lover. Any Frenchman would tell you that a peasant could never own property in nineteenth century France. Yet here I am, in my very own studio. The personal cost was horrendous. I barely survived the choices I made, and my sanity was pushed to its limits.

Still, I finally now have security, peace, and freedom. For the rest of my life I can spend time "making love to the color", making love to beautiful women, and enjoying the wild nightlife of bohemian Montmartre. What more could a man need or want?

Then, one night, I see her. One look at Sophie, and my heart wants to betray me! I try to tell myself that I know better. Who needs love, anyway? I am already married-to my art!

No woman would ever understand and accept my lifestyle; nor am I about to give that lifestyle up. Not when I paid so dearly for it! Besides, I am too badly damaged to ever open up my heart...and if Sophie found out about my past she would not want to even know my name. I can't take that chance. I have had enough pain to last me a lifetime."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013844605
Publisher: Caddy Rowland
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Series: The Gastien Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 358,143
File size: 333 KB

About the Author

The drama of humanity. We live, die, love, hate, win and lose in a never-ending variety of ways. Often those ways are heart-wrenching. Other times they are not.

Why do people make the choices they do? Why do some abuse power? How do the powerless learn to survive? Why do a few dare to be different, while others conform—and why are so many disturbed by those who don't? These are the questions that have always haunted author Caddy Rowland. Those questions keep her pounding away at her keyboard, creating novels showcasing the sublime joy and bitter tragedy of being human.

Caddy has always been a nonconformist. She likes to push the proverbial envelope when it comes to characterization and world building. Heroes have warts; villains have soft spots. Main characters don't always learn their lessons because all too often we don't, either. There isn't always a happy ending, but sometimes there is. Otherwise she'd be predictable.

She writes for readers who like to think and feel; who like their stories to be raw, graphic, unpredictable, "real" and sometimes brutal. For readers who like their boundaries challenged; to be shown how rarely life decisions are truly black and white, but instead shades of grey.

Think of a carnival midway with books instead of rides. She asks you make sure you're the minimum height if you plan on riding alone. You must also leave prejudices and inhibitions behind the entry gate. If you can’t, Rowland's reads might be a tad much for you. Don't worry. There are plenty of safer reads out there. Just step out of the line and find a more appropriate book for your reading enjoyment.

No, Caddy Rowland's novels aren't for everyone. But then again, they just might be for you.
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Gastien: From Dream to Destiny 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow..worst historical fiction I have read since I graded fifth grade stories. In fact, it was *%#+; pardon my french..haha
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to read a book about an over sexed extremely handsome driven peasant on this way to fame as a very talented artist fighting for his dream this is it. He covers every aspect of sex , good and bad. He makes bad decisions but also has bad luck, hoping to overcome each one. Fast read really holds your interest but sometimes repeats the description of his love making which isn't a bad thing. I want to read the whole series just find out about his life as a struggling artist and his triumphs along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was as awesome as the first book. Can't wait till I can get the next and then the rest. Never expected the outcome! Wonderfully written
roxy24 More than 1 year ago
There are five books in this series and u have to start with the first to realy enjoy them all. I was amazed how well the books are written and the history i learned from them all. ? It starts out from the 1800's to the 20th century. All the bad things that happened in between like the sinking of Titanic the burning of the buildings in the garment district in New York. To aids hitting the country and it even mentioned Elvis Presley. Plus the side charactors are great u really get to love everyone that is mentioned in the books. I have to say these were on my top ten book list really a must read....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tgis book had me on a rollercoaster. Never have i ever felt so much emotion fron reading a book. This is going to be a favorite foe the rest of my days. I literally just finished it. My eyes are still wet with tears. Thank you for this book. I wish i could ensure the author reads this. Amazing work! Thank you
Jackieinmichigan More than 1 year ago
Gotta start with book 1 of the series which i gave 5 stars. Historical fiction/ chick lit series. Easy read, great characters
MeteorFlower More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with book one, and this one is BETTER! I fell in love with Gastien from book one. This book can be read by itself but to get the full effect, I urge you to read the first book. Caddy Rowland will forge an emotional connection between you and the characters that will only deepen with this book. I went into it hoping that things were going to be better for Gastien and I feel it was in general throughout the book. There were a few dark spots but the darkest of them all is at the end. They’re all weaved so tightly together that I feel I can’t talk about much more than was given to you in the synopsis without spoiling the book. I can tell you this though; I was angry, and this is the first time I’ve ever been this angry at a character in a book. To me, what Gastien’s son does at the end is absolutely unforgiveable. Sympathizers will agree and people who haven’t read the first book will probably disagree. This series is beautiful, dark and a bit rough. So be sure you know what you’re getting into when you read it. As with the book before, there are some very adult themes. Thank you to Caddy Rowland for allowing me to review this book. It in no way influenced my review.
FictionalCandy More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the Gastien Beauchamp series, taking place from 1855 – 1899. This book starts with a lot of review of the previous book. Of course, I recommend you read Part 1, The Cost of The Dream. But if you don’t, you will get the basics of it throughout this book. I must say, I enjoyed this book much more than the first. While both books are dark and portray a very honest look at Gastien’s life, this one had a bit more lighthearted moments that made it better for me. Gastien is now an adult, living in his studio in Montemartre. He is pretty much the same as he was previously. My views of him as a person are not terrific. I think he is selfish and immature, and a bit of a whiner when he doesn’t get his way. He fills his life with superficial women, and this always leaves him looking for something more – as he is constantly reaffirming he does not want to be in love. Sex, painting, drugs, and drinking…these are all things that Gastien is a happy and willing slave to. Frankly, it began to be a bit tiresome to constantly have to deal with his insecurities and troubles that his addictions caused him. Just as it is in the real world when you have to deal with a self centered addict. I found this an enjoyable read for the most part. On the down side, there was a lot of repetition that I could have done without. The thing is, this story is not sugarcoated. Gastien group up relatively poor, left home with nothing, went to the “big city” and he knows what scraping bottom feels like. He was so low he had to scrape bottom just to look up. He got a few breaks here and there, made many sacrifices for his one true love (his art) and landed in a pretty good situation in Montemartre. You get to see his whole life, and not just the good parts. He finds love, real true love, in a young girl named Sophie. This relationship is not without its troubles, but they have open and honest communication, and they make it work. When they first meet, he is flustered and makes slips like asking for a kisskey instead of a whiskey one night at the pub when she is a waitress. These little details really add to the story of their romance. It doesn’t happen with a flash bang like in shorter novels, this romance is nurtured and grown until it becomes the rare flower that it is. There is quite the cast of characters in this book, and you really get a chance to know them. One of my favorites is Gastien’s best friend, Mic. Mic is… well, after being Gastien’s friend for decades he should qualify for sainthood. In fact, there is a scene where Mic is reminiscing and you get a quick view of Gastien from his eyes, from the first moment he saw him on the street. This was so touching and beautiful, it really shows that family is indeed not just the people who you share blood with, but rather those who you share life with. There were a few surprises in this book that I didn’t see coming, and I’ll leave those unspoiled. Lets just say that in this book you should be prepared for the parade of emotions you are going to feel with Gastien and his choices. There is definite happiness, a touch of romance, a splash and a rub of lust, and there is sorrow. Like I’ve said before, I am not necessarily sure this is a “feel good” book. This is a gritty and raw look at the life of a young man who has convictions and sticks to them no matter the cost. It’s a good story, and if you like historical fiction, I think you will enjoy it.
becx More than 1 year ago
I was asked to review “Gastien: From Dream to Destiny” when I was done reading it. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, I highly recommend doing so before tackling this one. I enjoyed this book much better than the first; it wasn’t as emotionally draining which made it easier to read. Though there is more romance than in the first book, it’s very different from the typical romance novel. This is a very sexually charged book which may put some readers off, but it’s well worth reading. I have love/hate emotions for Gastien. I had to remind myself that his views on subjects were that of a man from his time period and not a modern day guy. I can’t help but admire his honesty, originality, and strength but his behaviors are appalling. He’s a drug addicted alcoholic with monogamy issues. He’ll act irresponsible one moment then turn around and be tender and caring. His background makes some of his actions understandable be he needed to grow up sooner than he did. I enjoyed that Caddy wrote this story to span Gastien’s entire life once meeting Sophie. That may seem like a lot to fit in one book but she hits the highlights. I imagine the missing years would have been boring. Sophie is a one of a kind woman. Her love for Gastien is so immense that she’s able to accept all his flaws despite her family’s disapproval and hatred. I liked seeing Gastien fall in love; it was very comical in the beginning. I was surprised that their relationship lasted. I thought for sure Sophie would get tired of Gastien’s infidelity and immaturity. I enjoyed seeing Gastien as a father as well. I could feel the love he had for his son even if he wasn’t the best at showing it. He truly tried to be what he thought a father was but it was predictable that he would end up disappointing his son. As their son got older he became a very unlikable character. He was a snotty, selfish, brat who could never see past other people’s opinions and dislike for his father to see all the good in him. I thought after Gastien confided his past to his son that would make him more understanding towards his father, but he didn’t seem to care. The ending was unexpected and I cried for Gastien’s pain. Caddy was able to write a beautiful conclusion for Gastien’s story but left me wondering how she would continue this series. I was able to see how with the brief preview of the third book. I give “Gastien: From Dream to Destiny” 5/5 stars. Sophie and Gastien have entered the realm of epic romance couples. They prove that true love is unexpected, unconditional, passionate, and flawed
cinchase More than 1 year ago
You will fall in love with Gastien and Sofie as I did. You can feel the joys, the pains, the anxiety and all things that they go thru in life. Like the first book, it draws you in and it is hard to put down, it is addicting. You become immersed in Gastien’s life and live the entire emotional roller coaster with him. I highly recommend this book. I am looking forward to learning more in book 3. The book can definitely stand on its own and Gastien will stick with me for a very long time, much like Gone with the Wind.
madsheepreading More than 1 year ago
My Review: This book definitely continues on from the first book in the series. Gastien continues to grow into an adult, with many challenges being presented both personally and in his art work. I love that Gastien continues to grow making him such a loveable character that at time you empathize with him, but at others you detest him just as much. The author continues with the amazing story of Gastien being an artist in 19th century France, bringing to life the struggles that artist's faced when they started out. I found that I was even more captivated by Gastien and all the other characters in this book than I was in the first. I was so engrossed in everything going on that I read the whole book in a day, laughing, crying and feeling compassion for all of the characters especially Gastien himself. I must admit throughout this whole book I found that I experienced every emotion there was and I was emotionally drained by the end, but emotionally drained in a good way. Again the author helpfully gave a glossary at the front of the book with all the French translations to both words used in the first book as well as new words and phrases used within this book. She managed to integrate both languages so well that most of the time you did not notice that both French and English were being used. I would definitely love to continue on in this series and read book three, in order to find out how everything pans out for the rest of the characters. Although I can’t giveaway why, as I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending for those adults out there that want to discover Gastien and his travels through 18th Century France.
ChristinaIrelan More than 1 year ago
absolutely loved Gastien Part 1 and never thought I that Caddy Rowland could write a second book as good as the first. I have loved Gastien's story from the very beginning. I have laughed with, cried with, and felt like punching the different characters in these books. I hate to see Gastien's story come to an end but I can't wait to experience the story of Tristan Michel. Caddy Rowland has done such an amazing job with these two books I know that I will ALWAYS make it a point to read EVERYTHING that she writes. Caddy is master of the roller coaster of emotions. I finished reading this book at about 2:30 AM and I honestly thought that I was going to wake my husband because I was litterally bawling! The whole book isn't sad though. It's the same as the first, like I said, a roller coaster. It will have you crying one minute and laughing out loud the next.
L_Davis More than 1 year ago
I like a good love story and this books story is like no other. I fell in love with Gastien and Sophie. I couldn't put the book down and I'm hoping there will be a book 3.