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`Read Pdf à Bliss ⚠ Hannah Van Evan was a young American who wished to learn about the world and to make her way in it She was determined to improve herself, but was often baffled by exclusive turn of the century high society Nardi de Saint Vallier was a gifted young Frenchman of noble blood who had given up his passion for sculpting Hell bent on self destruction, he resigned himself to a life without beauty and an engagement without loveThen Hannah came into his life They met during a Normandy summer on the grounds of an old French chateau Hannah was cautious, but intrigued by the somber Frenchman Nardi thought the American girl hopelessly naive But slowly her indomitable spirit cast a ray of light upon the darkness in his soul and opened both of their hearts to the infinite possibilities of love A very different romance I wasn t sure how everything would work out at the end, but it did I also found the characters unusual, the hero is a lost artist, lost in the world of his addictions While the heroine seems to be spunky, full of dreams and in some ways lives in the clouds dreaming of a better life I liked how these two discover reality and each other. Paris and somewhere in Normandy, 1903Life imitates art farthan art imitates lifeas Wilde would have put it around those days, and the Aesthetic adage seems to perfectly suit Bernard Nardi de Saint Vallier s case lately Former enfant prodige on the sculpting scene in fin de si cle Paris, his reality started to deteriorate soon following as his art lost inspiration a couple of years before, and in the best decadent fashion, he s been able to find a sort of surrogate solace by drinking Paris and somewhere in Normandy, 1903Life imitates art farthan art imitates lifeas Wilde would have put it around those days, and the Aesthetic adage seems to perfectly suit Bernard Nardi de Saint Vallier s case lately Former enfant prodige on the sculpting scene in fin de si cle Paris, his reality started to deteriorate soon following as his art lost inspiration a couple of years before, and in the best decadent fashion, he s been able to find a sort of surrogate solace by drinking ether, keeping himself in a constant state of stupor and numbing his frustrations in elusive, synthetic bliss Now thirty two and on the brink of complete annihilation, his blue blooded but impoverished relatives have decided to save him, with the side benefit of engaging him off to a rich heiress and thus replenishing the house coffers But back from a forced sojourn in a Swiss clinic, while covering the last steps on the path to rehabilitation at the family ch teau in the country, Nardi meets Hannah Van Evan from Florida, vivacious, full of joie de vivre, outrHannah with an h , arrived at the old pile of charming stones to catalogue its valuables and to show him that maybe an authentic kind of bliss could be within his reach if only he wanted to Oh la la, they don t write em like this any.Where I was expecting a rather gloomy, though already knowing the author extremely well written, tale of ruined lives, overblown artistic blues and melodramatic last minute love induced salvations, brighten up toward the end by some improbable happier notes just to assuage the genre s staples, I have instead encountered an introspective and eventually uplifting story filtered through a subtly humorous and disenchanted glance that I found irresistible Both leads are imperfect, ambitious and romantic, but in opposite ways, like two sides of the same coin If Nardi interprets these qualities through a blas facade, Hannah appearsspontaneous and candid, though they can t escape the recognition slowly enveloping them.Judy Cuevas Judith Ivory is a unique writer It s rare to have such a strong correspondence among words, feelings and imagery only Laura Kinsale comes to my mind in this sense , and the language flows with a sophisticated and smooth rhythm, beautifully evoking the mannerism and the spirit of the Belle poque setting It may requirepatience and attention to details than usual, when a character s personality or eroticism can be revealed and conveyed by the rustling of a petticoat, an extravagant alpaca coat or the shape of a marble statuette, but the result is rewarding and to savour word by word, line by line As sparkling and bittersweet as the champagnes and as fragrant and alluring as the savons the characteristic affiches popular at the time were trying to sell you, it s not one of those eventful romances and, though the storyline is engaging and complex in aimmaterial way, finely explored emotions and feelings remain in and on themselves the driving force of the plot Reread 2 6 with Joanna Whiskey Still near perfect.Astonishingly magnificent I have had a few experiences reading romances that I think I can t possibly put my review into words after I complete the novel This again, will be inadequate Not only have I used the majority of my brain power up in the reading and rereading and BR discussion of this book simultaneously, because it s that kind of book , but I have too many thoughts to harness I m not going to tell you the plot I will tell you i Reread 2 6 with Joanna Whiskey Still near perfect.Astonishingly magnificent I have had a few experiences reading romances that I think I can t possibly put my review into words after I complete the novel This again, will be inadequate Not only have I used the majority of my brain power up in the reading and rereading and BR discussion of this book simultaneously, because it s that kind of book , but I have too many thoughts to harness I m not going to tell you the plot I will tell you it s not often, for me, that a book manages to be sensuous, funny, romantic, and intellectually stimulating all in one 310 page package That my swoons exist for both hero and heroine, as they should That the setting and details are as lush and evocative as the language That it all serves a purpose That somehow, despite the underlying plot, this book doesn t feel angsty or overburdened Essentially, Bliss was sweeping I ve been sweptEverything enduring is French Everything good in life Food, style, art, poetry he raised one brow love He put on a clowning smugness We invented love of course She laughed No, no I do not pull your leg During the Middle Ages, the French came up with the idea of love as we know it today I could show you literature I could prove it He made a mock modest face But I won t rub it in We also invented diplomacy Thanks to Gaufre and Angry for the buddy read still in progress, but I m greedy like that never would ve seen this book had it not been for Christina s beautiful review last year and Gaufre 5 stars I read this as a buddy read, for quotes, comments, and discussion Bliss Buddy ReadDis nonI am wrung out from reading this, I quoted and talked a lot in the buddy read, so I m going to let that for the most part talk for what I thought about this book.This was published in 1995, it has a bit of different rhythm to it The heroine and hero are solidly introduced on their own and their characters are established before they meet around 35% mark , this completely worked for me and if you re I read this as a buddy read, for quotes, comments, and discussion Bliss Buddy ReadDis nonI am wrung out from reading this, I quoted and talked a lot in the buddy read, so I m going to let that for the most part talk for what I thought about this book.This was published in 1995, it has a bit of different rhythm to it The heroine and hero are solidly introduced on their own and their characters are established before they meet around 35% mark , this completely worked for me and if you re looking for depth to your characters that creates an incredibly emotional story, then it will work for you too.These characters weren t perfect, our hero is addicted to ether, has some struggles with not being the hot, talented artist any and our heroine is escaping a reputation that gave her a nickname Miss Seven Minutes in Heaven and wants a romantic easy life in Paris It was the underlining truth to these emotions and characters that will have me thinking about these characters for a long, long time It was passages like this In the musty dark of the attic, Hannah felt heartened at last And so very impressed with the real Nardi de Saint Vallier He might not be a prince, but he was heroic a man ready to face his nemesis, all that had worn him down before Better than the fancy trousers and pretty coats that had once impressed her, this man had a magnificent fortitude.that had me absorbed.The author brilliantly interweaves societal issues and family dynamics through characters thoughts and actions these characters were not perfect but they grew.Secondary characters had me desperately wanting a Director s Cut of the book so I could get athorough look at them.If you can find this book, grasp it with both hands, I ve rarely read a book that had such amazing depth to emotions Read this, read this, read this then go the buddy read and comment so I can talk about this bookand for years to comeYou should know, Hannah, that I would marry you over and over, as many times as it takes to make the world see I love you