Monday, May 31, 2010

Giveaway!!! Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell

I have a brand new copy of Claude and Camille available for one lucky winner! This beautiful story, about one of the most renowned painters of the impressionism era, is not to be missed! To learn more about this lovely novel, you can read my review and Stephanie's guest post here: 
Claude and Camille review & guest post

Synopsis: (From the Publisher)
Sometimes he dreamt he held her; that he would turn in bed and she would be there. But she was gone and he was old. Nearly seventy. Only cool paint met his fingers. “Ma très chère . . .” Darkness started to fall, dimming the paintings. He felt the crumpled letter in his pocket. “I loved you so,” he said. “I never would have had it turn out as it did. You were with all of us when we began, you gave us courage. These gardens at Giverny are for you but I’m old and you’re forever young and will never see them. . . .” 

In the mid-nineteenth century, a young man named Claude Monet decided that he would rather endure a difficult life painting landscapes than take over his father’s nautical supplies business in a French seaside town. Against his father’s will, and with nothing but a dream and an insatiable urge to create a new style of art that repudiated the Classical Realism of the time, he set off for Paris.

But once there he is confronted with obstacles: an art world that refused to validate his style, extreme poverty, and a war that led him away from his home and friends. But there were bright spots as well: his deep, enduring friendships with men named Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Manet – a group that together would come to be known as the Impressionists, and that supported each other through the difficult years. But even more illuminating was his lifelong love, Camille Doncieux, a beautiful, upper-class Parisian girl who threw away her privileged life to be by the side of the defiant painter and embrace the lively Bohemian life of their time.

His muse, his best friend, his passionate lover, and the mother to his two children, Camille stayed with Monet—and believed in his work—even as they lived in wretched rooms, were sometimes kicked out of those, and often suffered the indignities of destitution. She comforted him during his frequent emotional torments, even when he would leave her for long periods to go off on his own to paint in the countryside.

But Camille had her own demons – secrets that Monet could never penetrate, including one that when eventually revealed would pain him so deeply that he would never fully recover from its impact. For though Camille never once stopped loving the painter with her entire being, she was not immune to the loneliness that often came with being his partner.

A vividly-rendered portrait of both the rise of Impressionism and of the artist at the center of the movement,Claude and Camille is above all a love story of the highest romantic order.

Giveaway Guidelines:

~10 possible entries~

+1 entry for posting a comment and leaving your e-mail. (no e-mail = no entry)
+5 entries for becoming a Follower, or already being a Follower.
+ 3 entries for posting about this giveaway on your blog or adding a link for it on your sidebar. (please post link with your comment)
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~Please post all your entries in one comment, thanks :)
~This auction will be open to USA residents only.
~Ends June 28th~

Good Luck everyone!!!


Stephanie Thornton said...

Ohlala! I've been eying this one for a while now.

+1 Leaving a comment. My email is thorntonstephanie at hotmail dot com

+5 I'm an old follower!


Mystica said...

Love this review of this book. Please count me in.

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Jenny Girl said...

Thanks for the contest! I would really like to read this since I Monet is one of my favs.

and I follow ;)

Carol W. said...

Claude and Camille sounds like a terrific book. Please enter me in the giveaway.


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Shannon said...

I've heard so many good things about this book. =)

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Carole Spring said...

+1 entry: "Claude & Camille" sounds like a lovely, historical romance novel. I'm certain I would enjoy reading it. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

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Amy said...

Ooohhh, please enter me in this giveaway!
I am a follower. Thanks!


Lynn Irwin Stewart said...

I'd love to be entered in the contest! I'm a follower.

Carol M said...

I would love to read this! It sounds good! Please enter me! Thank you!

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Rachel said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I follow you on my Google Reader.

4everQueen said...

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Laura said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this cool book!

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I'd love to enter this giveaway!

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LAMusing said...

I would really love to read this!


LAMusing said...

I am now a follower (+5)


Nancye said...

+1 Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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