When beautiful and ambitious Berthe Morisot meets the famous painter, Edouard Manet, she falls in love rapidly. Unfortunately, Manet is married and Berthe's mother doesn't approve of her artistic career and wants her to marry a suitable man.
This is a sensitive and beautifully-written novel about the mysterious relationship between the great artist, Manet, and his student, Berthe Morrisot. Robards has created memorable and well-rounded characters so that Manet and Morrisot come to life.
She also captures the atmosphere of the time brilliantly. The struggle between old-fashioned Victorian ideas and Berthe's early feminism is easily understood. The historical background, for example, the Siege of Paris, makes the story more exciting.
This is a favourite novel of mine. I will buy any other books by Elizabeth Robards!