The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

By Alice Hoffman

From the hot York occasions bestselling writer of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of amazing issues: a forbidden love tale set at the tropical island of St. Thomas in regards to the outstanding lady who gave start to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism.

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas within the early 1800s, Rachel desires of lifestyles in remote Paris. Rachel’s mom, a pillar in their small refugee neighborhood of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, hasn't ever forgiven her daughter for being a tough lady who refuses to dwell via the principles. becoming up, Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s trust in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. yet Rachel’s existence isn't really her personal. She is married off to a widower with 3 childrens to save lots of her father’s company. whilst her husband dies all at once and his good-looking, a lot more youthful nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the property, Rachel seizes her personal lifestyles tale, starting a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that has effects on all of her relations, together with her favourite son, who becomes one of many maximum artists of France.

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Whenever it stopped of its own accord at one of those holes bordered with thorns that farmers dig along the edge of their ploughed land, Charles, waking with a start, would quickly remember the broken leg, and try to recall all the fractures that he knew. It was no longer raining; day was breaking, and, on the leafless branches of the apple trees, birds sat motionless, fluffing out their tiny feathers in the cold morning wind. The flat landscape extended as far as the eye could see, the clumps of trees round the farms making widely spaced splashes of dark purple on that vast grey surface which, at the horizon, merged with the dreary tones of the sky.

When he entered Les Bertaux his horse took fright, and shied violently. It was a prosperous-looking farm. Through the open half-doors of the stables you could see huge draught horses placidly feeding from brand-new mangers. A stream of vapour arose from the big manureheap that flanked the buildings, and, standing out among the hens and turkeys, five or six peacocks––that luxury of Pays de Caux farmyards––were pecking for food. The sheep-run was long and the barn tall, with walls as smooth as the back of your hand.

Père Rouault embraced his future son-in-law. They put off any discussion of money matters, there was plenty of time for that, since the marriage could not decently take place before the end of Charles’s mourning, that is to say, not until the following spring. The winter passed in waiting. Mademoiselle Rouault busied herself with her trousseau. Part of it was ordered from Rouen, and she made herself nightgowns and nightcaps with the help of fashionplates which she borrowed. During the visits Charles made to the Madame Bovary  farm they talked about the preparations for the wedding, wondering which room they’d use for the wedding feast, how many courses they’d have, and what particular dishes they’d serve.

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