“As the Belle Epoque dawns, Jeanette Palmer leaves Vassar College under a cloud of scandal and goes to Paris accompanied by cousin Effie. Jeanette befriends other female artists, as well as an American Civil War veteran named Edward Murer. She begins to achieve a level of artistic success. And her happiness increases as she and Edward grow more intimate with each other. But Edward is plagued by his demons and addicted to laudanum. She faces the choice between ambition and love. I liked how the author showed her coming to maturity and dealing with the dilemma of Edward or her art or compromise and have both.”Verna L wrote this review Sunday, May 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jeanette has been expelled from Vassar College. Jeanette is already to head back home in disgrace until a teacher at the college encourages Jeanette to go to Paris to pursue her painting. She has talent.
Edward fought in the American Civil War. He is now out of the war but fighting a new war. A war with his body. To help with the pain, Edward uses laudanum. He becomes addicted to it. Edward’s friends feel a new location will help Edward, so he is asked to accompany a friend to Europe.
It is in Paris that Edward meets Jeanette. They start out as good friends but as time progresses, their relationship grows into more.
What I enjoy most about books is that they can transport me all over the world and different time periods. Thus part of the reason why I chose to check out this book. Another reason is that it sounded really good. I am not going to say that this book was not good as it was. It read like a poem or one of Jeanette’s painting…flowing and picturesque. However as much as I enjoyed this aspect of the book, I could not get past the fact that I did feel like this book was too long. It seemed that even the author thought so too as much would flash forward chunks of time.
In addition, that there were many different secondary characters that were introduced into this story that at times it was hard to keep them straight and their stories. Lastly, I was expecting this to be a romance book but the romance was there but barely. It was not love at first sight between Edward and Jeanette. Jeanette was busy with her painting and Edward with his addiction to laudanum. Overall, this was a nice introduction to a new author. Where the Light Falls is an enchanting read!
“WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS by Katherine Keenum is an interesting historical romance set in Ohio and Paris in 1870's. Follow Jeanette Palmer,a young artist who is forced to leave a prestigious school due to scandal. And Edward Murer,a American Civil War veteran with demons. Follow them as they navigate the artist world for women, demons,scandal,ambition,some will follow their dreams while others fight their demons. Jeanette has always dreamt of being an artist and goes to Paris to follow her dreams. Edward and Jeanette fight their attraction,he is much older than Jeanette, as her dreams begin to come true,she learns Edward is addicted to Laudanum,and fighting his own battles. "Where The Light Falls" is a complex,compelling story of love,sacrifice and the struggle women had and still have between a career and love. A wonderful debut for this author. She has captured the time,essence,and life with her engaging characters and intriguing plot.A must for anyone who enjoys women's struggles,women artists,history,conflict and love. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews”