Gastien Part 1: The Cost of the Dream

Gastien Part 1: The Cost of the Dream

by Caddy Rowland

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ISBN-13: 9781463789770
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: 09/16/2011
Pages: 492
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.11(d)

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Caddy Rowland grew up in the Midwest 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 in Minnesota 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.

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Gastien Part 1: The Cost of the Dream 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
crystaldotson on LibraryThing 21 days ago
By Caddy RowlandReviewed By: Crystal Trent DotsonThis story really takes you on a journey, starting with Gastien as a young boy being abused by his father who thinks Gastiens dreams are feminine. But his mother does try to help him and she wants him to follow his dreams. Gastien knows he don't want to be stuck on a farm forever , as he goes into adult hood , he finds it hard to let anyone close to him , all he wants is to become an artist in Paris and be a great lover. With so many ups and downs and so many emotional rides ,it's hard to put this book down . I really look forward to more from Author Caddy Rowland , she really dedicated herself to this story and I am ready for more Gastien
FictionalCandy on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This is the story of a young boy, Gastien, growing into a man , and the journey he takes along the way during the 1800s in France. It begins with him at the age of 43, and the rest of the book is a flashback of what brought him part of the way to that point. Overall I really enjoyed this story much more than I expected I would.Gastien starts out as a young boy, oldest of 10 Beauchamp children who live on the family farm. He is abused by his father, both physically and verbally. Gastien dreams of becoming a professional artist, rather than taking after his father farming cauliflower and other vegetables. And due to his upbringing of abuse, he is determined to basically never allow anyone to get very close to him emotionally. Yet along the way he does make a few close friends that I believe will be there throughout his life. Gastien is a jumble of dichotomies. He is a bit arrogant, yet naïve about his true self; mean and off-putting, yet innocent and needy; raucous and raunchy, but sweet and thoughtful; immature yet wise beyond his years. I truly enjoyed getting to know him.It was very interesting to see him go from an abused boy, to a fearful yet brave teen, to a homeless young adult, to a brazen yet damaged man. There were parts of this story that made me very sad, a little ill, excited, happy and hopeful for his future. The timeline covers years, and you get to see how he grows and changes, blooms and withers under the circumstances he lands himself in. I loved meeting some of the other characters in his life, I felt they truly added a richness and comfort he desperately needed.I would recommend this book to people who love historical fiction or drama, I don¿t think I would classify this into a romance category. There is a bit of romance, but it is not really centric to the story so far.