I ALWAYS LOVED YOU  by Robin Oliveira

If you love great writing with stunning word pairings and beautiful phrasing, this book is for you. If you love Paris, The Belle Époque, and Impressionist painting, this book is for you. If you love great character studies and storytelling, this book is for you. If you love a book that calls you back each afternoon, night, or whenever you take your reading time, this book is for you.

I finished I Always Loved You the night before last, and while I am still filled with the world Robin Oliveira so beautifully brought back to life for me to inhabit, I miss being in her pages, in her language, inside the lives of artists Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. Miss being in their heads at the very second a new idea took them captive; as they examined angles, fashioned textures. And always, always as they studied and considered the light in its never-ending and ever-changing illumination of their world.

Although I Always Loved You wonderfully recreates Paris in the 19th Century with her Art Salons and Exhibitions—and incessant rain—this book is at its heart a story of relationships: center stage is that of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas, along with that of fellow painters Berthe Morisot and Edouard Manet. Perhaps the most compelling of all, the relationship each of these gifted individuals has with her and his art.

Thank you, Ms. Oliveira for a fabulous read!

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