Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review and Giveaway of Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese


www.LaurieLicoAlbanese.com
  
Love, war, and art.

STOLEN BEAUTY moves from 1900 to 1938 as we follow the lives of Adele and Maria.  


In 1900, Adele's story was about her life and how she became fascinated with the painter Gustav Klimt and that era of art.  

In 1938, the story is told of Maria, Adele's niece, newly married and taken from her home​ and taken from her husband​ at the beginning of WWII when Hitler invaded ​Austria.

STOLEN BEAUTY was interesting​, but since I am not an art aficionado, I was a bit confused.  Despite my lack of knowledge in the art area, though, I did learn a lot about Gustav Klimt.


The WWII sections were heartbreaking as usual.

I do have to say I enjoyed the story of Maria more than Adele, but most likely because I don't know too much about art.  Maria also seemed to be a warmer character than Adele.

It took me halfway through the book to warm up to the characters, and even though it wasn't a favorite, I enjoyed the book.

Ms. Lico Albanese did a marvelous job of researching, and she has wonderful, descriptive writing.


ENJOY if you read STOLEN BEAUTY.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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18 comments:

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    1. Always nice to see your comments.

      Thanks for stopping, Mystica.

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  2. I love Albanese's writing so want to read this. You need to watch the movie Woman in Gold.

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    1. I will look up Woman in Gold...thanks for the tip.

      Thanks for stopping, Kathy.

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  3. This captivating historical interests me greatly for the story, the era and the characters. Meaningful and profound novel. Thanks for this great giveaway.

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    1. Thank you for stopping, traveler.

      Good luck in the giveaway.

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  4. I just read another review of this book on BookFan, and I know I would love this book since I love art. Thanks for your review and a chance to win a copy!

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    1. You will love it then, Laura.

      Thanks for stopping.

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  5. Ooh I do love the sound of this.

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    1. I hope you get to read the book, Tracy.

      Thanks for stopping.

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  6. I enjoyed your thoughts on it, Elizabeth. I'm going to look for the Woman in Gold (film).

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    1. Thanks for stopping, Mary.

      Woman In Gold does sound good.

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  7. I just listed this book as one I would like my book club to read. I'm glad it was good for you, and maybe your review can push my book club to select this one. :)

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    1. Please direct them here if you need to for the "sway."

      Thanks for stopping, Kathy.

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  8. Gustav Klimt's The Kiss is one of my favorite pieces of art, so intriguing! And I love books centered around art. Thanks for the thoughtful as always review, Elizabeth. Jennifer

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    1. Thanks for your nice comment, TarheelFlT1.

      I didn't know who he was until I read this book...I am not a good art person. :)

      Thanks for stopping.

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  9. Thank you for hosting this giveaway, Elizabeth! I will add your giveaway to my blog's sidebar. This book seems like a good way to learn about Gustav Klimt. Terrific review!

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    1. Thanks for your comment about my review.

      Yes...it was interesting learning about an artist I have never heard of.

      Thanks for stopping, Suko.

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