Sunday, September 1, 2013

Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney

Julien loves art and giving tours at the Musee d'Orsay in France.  He wishes he was a better artist, but his drawings are exact and sterile with no feeling behind them.  Then one night while Julien is alone at the museum, the paintings begin to come to life.  And when Clio steps out of her painting, she and Julien begin to fall in love.  As Julien and Clio become closer, the art seems to sicken.  To save the art of the world, they might have to make the greatest sacrifice.

This was a sweet love story set against the backdrop of Paris and famous romantic paintings.  Julien loves art so much, but can't seem to make his drawings have any feeling, so he can't understand why the art in museums starts becoming alive for him and no one else.  I liked that Julien found that his exact art was exactly what he needed when saving the art of the world.

The first paintings to come alive are the ones by Renoir, and the Musee d'Orsay is about to get a Renoir that had been thought lost for centuries.  The Girl in Garden is the only painting mentioned in the book that is not an actual painting.  Supposedly the both Renoir and Monet were in love with the girl in the painting.  Clio, the girl in the garden, steps out of the painting and Julien can tell she isn't like the other paintings come to life, who rarely speak.  Clio seems real.  But as the their love grows the art starts to fade away, and Clio won't tell Julien who she was before.

It was a nice story, with great supporting characters.  Julien's friends were delightful and colorful.  It was fun to read with a happy ending.

Starry Nights comes out September 3, 2013.

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