Posted in Advanced Review, Historical Fiction, Liked It

I Always Loved You

I Always Loved You

Author: Robin Oliveira

Genre: Historical Fiction, ARC

Rating: LI


The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary’s fierce determination wavers. Her father is begging her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband before it is too late, her sister Lydia is falling mysteriously ill, and worse, Mary is beginning to doubt herself. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. Years later she will learn that he had begged for the introduction, but in that moment their meeting seems a miracle. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships.

In I Always Loved You, Robin Oliveira brilliantly re-creates the irresistible world of Belle Époque Paris, writing with grace and uncommon insight into the passion and foibles of the human heart.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: I picked this book up because Impressionistic painting is my favorite. I’m more of a Seurat kind of girl, but Mary Cassatt’s paintings aren’t too bad. Anyway, I didn’t realize that Degas or Cassatt really interacted. I’m not sure why. I think I tended to think of artists exclusively by their work rather than the fact that they were actual people. It was a very interesting read. Their relationship wasn’t what you would call torrid. I think it was more ideological than anything else. Anyway, it was an interesting read.


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