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Monet's Angels

Monet's Angels

MONET'S ANGELS is a story of passion and intrigue, of two women drawn together by destiny. It is set in the last golden days before the First World War when a beautiful house and garden inspired some of the world s greatest paintings. In the Normandy town of Giverny two women meet. Their backgrounds are worlds apart: Blanche, provincial French and middle aged, Judith a young, beautiful, rich heiress. Their common ground lies in Claude Monet, the impressionist painter, but their motives are very different. It is 1913 and the elderly Monet is fighting his failing eyesight to create his Water Lily panels, which will be his swansong. Blanche, his dutiful stepdaughter, has renounced her considerable painting talent to support him. Into this orderly household, Judith arrives like a shooting star, fascinating everyone she encounters. She is determined to flout her parents wishes for a strategic marriage and live her bohemian dream. Her reckless presence heralds change and disturbs long buried memories of the past. Blanche relives her ill-fated love affair with John Leslie, when she defied Monet s disapproval, while Robert, an American artist, is alarmed by Judith s wild passion for life and strives to protect her from herself, conscious as he does so that he is trying to change his own past. Initially welcoming Judith as an invigorating influence on Monet, Blanche comes to realise that the young American is eroding her close relationship with her stepfather and when she learns of Judith s fling with Michel, an under gardener, which threatens the happiness of her favourite laundry maid, Lilli, it is the final straw for Blanche. She intervenes with tragic results. Gradually the old partnership between Blanche and her stepfather returns. She can finally lay her memories and regrets of John Leslie to rest, reconciled to her life living and working with Monet. She never really had a choice.

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Monet's Shadow

Monet's Shadow

Ever since Judith Goldstein arrived like a shooting star to disturb the peace of painter Claude Monet’s household, (Jennifer Pulling’s Monet’s Angels) readers have wondered ‘what happened next?’ Now the author and playwright has come up with the answer in Monet’s Shadow. In this sequel, Claude Monet’s spirit continues to cast its shadow over his famed house and garden. It is 1937. Isabelle Goldstein, a beautiful young American, arrives in Normandy’s Giverny, determined to discover her mother’s secret. Monet’s stepdaughter, Blanche, feels threatened by these consequences of a past when her special relationship with her stepfather was undermined. She will do anything to prevent the Goldstein secret coming to light, knowing it will destroy several lives. Old passions are revived until finally Blanche is reconciled to her ill-fated love affair. Expat American artist, Robert, triumphs in protecting Isabelle from romantic disaster, when once he tried and failed Judith, her mother. As the shadow of World War Two lengthens, life becomes one of survival. The Normandy countryside is bombed to a wasteland and Robert and his Jewish friend, David, come under Nazi threat. Blanche, struggling to preserve her beloved house and garden, finds solace in her painting. . In Monet’s Shadow, the water lilies’ peace and beauty prevail over the destruction of war and Blanche rediscovers her life’s true meaning.

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