Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Rating: 5 Cups
Rachel Courteau may only be twenty-one, but as a filles de maison she is as grown up as a woman can be. Forced into the world of prostitution by her own decisions, she struggles daily with the men who paw her and the choices and mistakes she has made. Unable to contain herself much more, Rachel finds herself in a garden as tears drip down her cheeks and a feeling of worthlessness washes over her.
Vincent van Gogh sees the young lady crying, but instead of alerting the police, he sets about drawing her. Thus begins a new friendship that continues to blossom over a span of two years.
When Vincent visits Rachel at the brothel the first time, she is amazed at the feelings and emotion that comes over her. As time passes and her co-workers warn her about mixing her emotions in with her work, Rachel ignores their advice. Their relationship soon changes from just lovers to so much more even as Vincent’s ever changing mood swings toward madness. Will Rachel be able to help the artist overcome his episodes, or is their tale of love ill-fated and doomed for failure?
Sunflowers is the tale of Vincent van Gogh as well as a brothel lady who is known as Rachel. Ms. Bundrick mixes factual history with some wonderful fiction to come up with a beautiful yet heart-wrenching love story. This exceptionally written novel gives the reader a firsthand look into the mad world of van Gogh, including why he slices off his ear. Not only did I learn an amazing amount of history, but I found myself completely enthralled with the tale from beginning to end.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More