THE MUSE by Raine Miller – Jacque’s Review

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Raine Miller.  Need I say more?  She’s one of my favorites!!!


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What if the truth about a famous painting was not what it’s been told to be? What if it was not even the original work and a different painting had inspired its creation? The story of a painting… The motivation behind the work, Flaming June—Romanticist painter, Lord Frederic Leighton’s magnum opus—a woman sleeping in a chair. Hauntingly beautiful, but with its inspiration locked away in the mystery of times past.

Burdened with family skeletons and agonizing guilt, an unwilling Lord Rothvale, one Graham Everley, returns from a long sojourn in Ireland to attend to the obligations awaiting him in England. The last thing he imagines to find is his destiny, but find her he does. Imogene Byron-Cole, a girl as lovely as her past is tragic. Graham can’t walk away from her, and so he marries her instead, in spite of an increasingly tangled web of troubles that threaten to destroy the very foundation of his entire existence.

As Graham and Imogene start out on their journey together, they express their love through a series of portraits. The art ensnares them completely, and in the end, becomes their salvation, bearing them through their deepest pain of loss, and inspiring a masterwork.

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 Whose books do I rely on when I want to cozy up for a good read?  Raine Miller, of course.  Every time I read one of her books, I find myself engrossed in the world of the characters whether it’s in the Blackstone Affair or any of her historical novels.

I just finished The Muse and of course, I loved it.  The story of Imogene and Graham is beautifully written.  To see their affections grow so quickly and be consistent throughout is amazing.

“Right away I knew you were the woman of my dreams, the one I hoped to find one day.  I want no other but you.  I love you, Imogene, and I want you to belong to me.”

“Firstly Graham, I love you as well.  I love your honesty, your easy manner, your sincerity, your strength, your kindness – the man that you are.”

They are struck with a tragedy that devastates them both and their relationship is put to the test.  But it is their love that brings them back together.

“The sounds coming from you pierced through that shroud of terrible fog and shattered it like glass. Graham.  And once I was free from the burden, nothing could have kept me from trying to help you, because I love you so much.”

I cannot believe that The Muse is the first book that Raine Miller ever wrote.  To me, she is a true story teller.  Having read all of her books, to see how she ties all of her stories together is like no other.  I definitely appreciate the epilogue of this story where she brings the past into the present.  A great way to end the story!

It has been a long time since I have read historical novels, but I will ALWAYS read Raine Miller’s.  I will forever be a fan!  She is my go-to author when I want to escape into a really good love story and she is my favorite re-read.  Thanks Raine!  Cannot wait for The Rogue!

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