GASTIEN: THE COST OF THE DREAM
Caddy Rowland. March 8th 2011. Createspace
When young Gastien Beauchamp flees the farm for Paris, the late nineteenth century bohemian era is in full swing. Color has always called to him, beseeching him to capture it on canvas and show people a new way of seeing things. His father belittled his dream of being an artist and tried to beat him into giving it up. The dream wouldn’t die, but Gastien would have had he not left.
He also yearns to become a great lover. After the years of anguish he has endured at the hand of his father, it would be heaven to feel pleasure instead of pain.
However, the city of Paris has a ruthless agenda. Unless a man has money and connections, Paris unfeelingly crushes dreams and destroys souls. With neither of the required assets, Gastien faces living in alleys, digging in trash bins for food, and sleeping where a man is often killed for his threadbare blanket.
Left with only his dreams, Gastien stubbornly pushes on. He vows that absolutely nothing will stop him, not yet realizing what keeping that vow might mean. Sometimes the “impossible” is possible – but the cost can be extremely high.
This historical fiction novel is book 1 of a 5 book drama/family saga for adults (The Gastien Series). As such, it contains adult themes and graphic scenes. Each book can stand on its own, but is most compelling read in order.
Gastien by Caddy Rowland is one hell of a ride. It’s real interesting to go through the end of the 19th century through Gastien’s eyes since he’s little. You really know how immature and naive, how full of dreams and ambitions he was. He relate to him and his horrible childhood and fell a little more sympathetic every time.
It has a very mature theme, where the sex and self discovery are prominent and play a very important focus of the story. Gastien enjoys sex, a lot, but not so much on the romance department. Every single thing is not romanticised, they are either crass, brutal or just plain simple and graphic. It was so fresh and awakening to read it if not a bit perverse.
While the settings were nicely written there are some parts where people didn’t act like they are in that period. Some phrases are too modern or just don’t fit. I found the monologues could be a bit too much too. Like I would have liked to not have Gastien spells out every single tiny detail. But after a while you get used to it, and just enjoy the ride along with him.
I’m really looking forward to know how he fares in the next few books, as this story spans from age 18 to 21, I know there’s still much to cover. My heart goes out to him and wonders how he deals with the next drama thrown at him.
Again, for those looking for a fluff historical romance, this is probably for you. But if you’re looking for some real drama that gives you an emotional roller coaster ride, do yourself a favour and pick this up!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Caddy Rowland grew up 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 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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