Art is Gabrielle's passion, but her parents have other plans for her future-marriage to a man three times her age who holds nothing but disdain for art. Gabrielle is determined to escape life as the baron's trophy wife and the confinement of traditional roles. She flees her privileged home in the French countryside for Paris and the grandmother who understands her passion. When she cannot locate her grandmother, Gabrielle is left on her own in the City of Lights. The art world of Paris, 1900, brims with excitement, opportunity, and risk. Should Gabrielle trust her new friends, or will they take advantage of her hopes and dreams?
Brenda Joyce Leahy loves books, dogs, family, friendship, tea, golf, hiking, skiing, long walks, writing and Paris-not necessarily in that order. She lives with her family near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta.
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The Art of Rebellion based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
It's been a while since I've read YA. From the start I was rooting for Gabrielle, cringing at the Baron, and the staunch demands of her mother. I cheered when she ran away, and agonized to see her making her decisions, knowing that she'd suffer some. But then, that's what growing up is, isn't it? Or at least, what it should be. I admire her determination, even when she has no money and is in a dangerous situation. More people should have such willpower. Brenda Joyce Leahy brings 19th Century Paris to life, and I loved reading this book. I loved to learn about the feminists, about the Exposition, about the tawdriness, and dirt, and desperation. Politics, domestic life, art, passion, all rolled into one. (book provided for free by publisher)
For those who love the Victorian style of writing and a tiny bit of Steampunk thrown in the mix then this book is for you. Gabrielle has travelled to Paris to find her grandmother after running away from everything she has known - going from her small country life straight into the bustling city. She meets some new and intriguing people along the way including the scheming Babette, who offers to help her in exchange for taking all her money, leaving Gabrielle with next to nothing in a city she doesn't know. Gabrielle cannot find her grandmother, she seems to have just disappeared into thin air. So her hunt continues as she meets more new people on the way - but always questioning their motives as well. I think Paris is a great setting for this novel because it is set during a time of passion and coming-of-age for art in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It's mysterious and beautiful but with a neverending current of danger. The characters of Babette, Henri and Alphonse seem very simple on the surface but the more you read the more you realize how complex they really are. Babette especially being an artist like Gabrielle but yet is intense and always looking for a good time. Even though I want to hate her it's hard because I feel like deep down she really does care for people. And then there is Philippe, the handsome dashing stranger that piques Gabrielle's attention immediately upon meeting him. He seems to be amazing but is he really? Or is he going to turn out to be a villain? Throughout the novel Gabrielle encounters a lot of problems in her search for not only her grandmother but also herself - but her ties to the artistic world are always there bubbling in the back of her mind. Her dreams of visiting the Louvre come true and so much more. And the continuing search for her grandmother really kept me interested and wanting more. It was hard to put this down. I really enjoyed reading this, I think it's a great novel and definitely recommend it :) ***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and I was neither required nor promised to leave a positive review.***