Book 1, in “The Queen’s Painter” series
“Set in Paris during the 18th century, “Becoming Lisette” is a historical fiction novel that revolves around a pretty girl named Elizabeth “Lisette” Vigée who has a passion for oil painting. Her dream was to become a successful painter in a male dominated society.
This is quite an engaging story that showcases how Lisette forges on to become a painter through the years. We grow with her each step of the way and as her character develops over the entire book she becomes a strong and inspiring woman and eventually a prominent French painter.
The story is refreshing and successfully evokes the time period and the lifestyle of people. We see the beauty as well as horror of life through Lisette’s eyes as one door closes and another opens. This book is a rich literary work that captures the beauty of deep emotion and draws you into a world of exotic sights. Each page and every scene has tone and texture and is colourfully written.
The major characters are based on real people although the story has been enhanced for our enjoyment the author has done an extremely wonderful job bringing every aspect alive. The story is a richly written portrayal of a talented artist and is meticulously researched to highlight the key points. Well-done.