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Gastien: From Dream to Destiny: A Caddy Rowland Historical Family Saga/Drama (The Gastien Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Caddy Rowland
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Book Description

"I am Gastien Beauchamp, artist and lover. Any Frenchman would tell you that a peasant could never own property in nineteenth century France. Yet here I am, in my very own studio. The personal cost was horrendous. I barely survived the choices I made, and my sanity was pushed to its limits.

Still, I finally now have security, peace, and freedom. For the rest of my life I can spend time "making love to the color", making love to beautiful women, and enjoying the wild nightlife of bohemian Montmartre. What more could a man need or want?

Then, one night, I see her. One look at Sophie, and my heart wants to betray me! I try to tell myself that I know better. Who needs love, anyway? I am already married-to my art!

No woman would ever understand and accept my lifestyle; nor am I about to give that lifestyle up. Not when I paid so dearly for it! Besides, I am too badly damaged to ever open up my heart...and if Sophie found out about my past she would not want to even know my name. I can't take that chance. I have had enough pain to last me a lifetime."

This historical fiction novel is book 2 of a 5 book drama/family saga for adults (The Gastien Series). As such, it contains adult themes and graphic scenes. Each book can stand on its own, but is most compelling read in order.

Historic people, places, events and things in this book: Au Lapin Agile, Montmartre, Eiffel Tower, Exposition Universelle, bourgeois, bohemian artists, Chat Noir, Le Procope, Notre Dame de Paris, Le Procope, Moulin de la Galette, Moulin Rouge, Place du Tertre, Pigalle, opium dens, absinthe, hashish, Impressionism, abstract painters, nineteenth century Paris, influenza

Editorial Reviews


"...the amazing story of Gastien...even more captivated by Gastien and all the other characters in this book than I was in the engrossed in everything going on that I read the whole book in a day, laughing, crying and feeling compassion for all of the characters especially Gastien himself...experienced every emotion there was and I was emotionally drained by the end, but emotionally drained in a good way." Jenny, Bookaholics blog

"Caddy Rowland has done such an amazing job with these two books I know that I will ALWAYS make it a point to read EVERYTHING that she writes. Caddy is master of the roller coaster of emotions. It will have you crying one minute and laughing out loud the next." Christina Irelan, Intoxicated By Books
"Sophie and Gastien have entered the realm of epic romance couples. They prove that true love is unexpected, unconditional, passionate, and flawed." Beccie Weaver, Bookies Book Reviews
" prepared for the parade of emotions you are going to feel with Gastien and his choices. There is definite happiness, a touch of romance, a splash and a rub of lust, and there is sorrow...a gritty and raw look at the life of a young man who has convictions and sticks to them no matter the cost." -Liz, Fictional Candy
"Gastien is an engaging character, and his journey is brought to life with some great writing and a strong narrative structure...Paris is brought to life vividly and the novel is filled with interesting characters...-Chris Algernon IndieBookSpot

From the Author

The Gastien Series is complete and includes the following titles:
Gastien: The Cost of the Dream (Book 1)
Gastien: From Dream to Destiny (Book 2)
Tristan Michel: Bloodline of Passion (Book 3)
Giselle: Keeper of the Flame (Book 4)
Gastien: Circle of Destiny (Book 5)
The Gastien Series is many things: historical fiction, drama, family saga, psychological novel. Some are also coming of age and love stories. The last books include gay coming of age and gay romance. Just like any family, there are many stories to tell.

It is dark, sad, upsetting, heartwarming, funny and always thought-provoking. There are a few blatantly cruel scenes and some extremely tender ones. The series tackles social issues such as class struggle, homelessness, the quest for power, bigotry, family secrets, and shows how one man's choices effect others for generations to come.

Be prepared for an extremely emotional read. Yes, at times the characters will upset you. You will love, hate, pity, respect, disrespect and cheer for them. Just like in any family, no one is perfect. Their personality warts are fully displayed. You will grow to feel like a part of the Beauchamps, and when the series is over the characters will stay alive in your mind for weeks.

Come along and join the family. Let them tell you their story. I think you will find the ride unlike any you've taken before.

*This series is meant for adults. As such, it contains adult scenes and themes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1547 KB
  • Print Length: 469 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Caddy Rowland; 2 edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LR8W4C
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read! March 23, 2012
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This is book two in the Gastien Beauchamp series, taking place from 1855 - 1899. This book starts with a lot of review of the previous book. Of course, I recommend you read Part 1, The Cost of The Dream. But if you don't, you will get the basics of it throughout this book. I must say, I enjoyed this book much more than the first. While both books are dark and portray a very honest look at Gastien's life, this one had a bit more lighthearted moments that made it better for me.

Ok, so trying to focus on this book, and not so much the both books together. Gastien is now an adult, living in his studio in Montemartre. He is pretty much the same as he was previously. My views of him as a person are not terrific. I think he is selfish and immature, and a bit of a whiner when he doesn't get his way. He fills his life with superficial women, and this always leaves him looking for something more - as he is constantly reaffirming he does not want to be in love. Sex, painting, drugs, and drinking...these are all things that Gastien is a happy and willing slave to. Frankly, it began to be a bit tiresome to constantly have to deal with his insecurities and troubles that his addictions caused him. Just as it is in the real world when you have to deal with a self centered addict.

See, this might seem like I am bashing the book. Oh no, I'm not at all. I found this an enjoyable read for the most part. On the down side, there was a lot of repetition that I could have done without. The thing is, this story is not sugarcoated. Gastien group up relatively poor, left home with nothing, went to the "big city" and he knows what scraping bottom feels like. He was so low he had to scrape bottom just to look up.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream to Destiny January 4, 2012
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I absolutely loved Gastien Part 1 and never thought I that Caddy Rowland could write a second book as good as the first. I have loved Gastien's story from the very beginning. I have laughed with, cried with, and felt like punching the different characters in these books. I hate to see Gastien's story come to an end but I can't wait to experience the story of Tristan Michel. Caddy Rowland has done such an amazing job with these two books I know that I will ALWAYS make it a point to read EVERYTHING that she writes. Caddy is master of the roller coaster of emotions. I finished reading this book at about 2:30 AM and I honestly thought that I was going to wake my husband because I was litterally bawling! The whole book isn't sad though. It's the same as the first, like I said, a roller coaster. It will have you crying one minute and laughing out loud the next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating May 13, 2014
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A really gripping story and, as far as I can tell, an accurate depiction of an artist's need to express himself above all other needs. I loved the characters!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was totally involved. April 23, 2014
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This series is terrific. I loved it. Gastien is a great character who goes though the worst kinds of violent treatment, but never gives up his dream of becoming a painter. His struggles are incredible, but he finally triumphs. He also finds great love. Author Rowland takes us on a wonderful but tragic journey. I devoured these books. I couldn't put them down. There's nothing so wonderful as a story that grabs you and takes you into another world so vibrantly realized that you don't want to leave it. This one does that
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good series January 18, 2014
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I read the whole series and really enjoyed it in spite of the fact that it had a lot of sex. Some very violent Be prepared.. However I really liked the History and the total circle through generations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to quit reading!! January 15, 2014
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Enjoy this period of history. Characters were vivid and story line was so different from usual fiction involving artists. Sad but beautiful story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, Good, Good story July 23, 2013
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Wow! I'm not sure I have the words to describe how this story or the characters affected me. I read the first book simply because I love historical fiction; and I knew nothing about the life of a true artist and thought it would be interesting .....and it was. I am approaching 73 yrs of age and I don't believe I have ever read a book like these two books. The depth of the emotions and feelings of Gastien - one moment I was in awe of how deeply he felt life....the next minute I could not believe how selfish and self centered he could be....yet Gastien was still a man I liked and worse sometimes understood his selfishness I had conflicting emotions thru the entire book. I admired the depth of love that existed between he and Sofie that she could give up so much of tradional values to experience life with him and I could not believe that he could be so selfish to expect her to live his unconventional life style. To me there was a great conflict between his love and his selfishness.

The true hero and friend of this story is Mic - Gastions best friend. This man truly expressed true love and friendship like I have never seen or heard of before.

The lesson I have gotten from these two books - "Don't judge a book by its cover"!!! Most of these people; partook of drugs, alcohol to the excess, were selfish and greedy....but just as much as they lived on the dark side they expressed their feelings as deeply on the light side and lived a very non-judgemental life. This was a good story; a believable story; a very well written story with good character development. I'm glad I read both books - both were equally amazing and a very different read for me. I'm going on to the 3rd book and we will see if it is as good as the first two.

If you haven't already - start this series - They are not expensive and are good different reads.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but lots of proofing errors
The story was just as compelling as the first one in the series, but instead of doing a better job on the proofing, this one was much worse, enough so that it did affect my... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Pattie Peer
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought book number two also.
This book really drew you in.
Published 19 days ago by Pat G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Series
Fun series. I read all 5 books and enjoyed them. Quick read.
Published 27 days ago by NYC Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love these books- a very worthwhile series!
Published 28 days ago by Melissa Petrilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it as much as the first book
Loved it as much as the first book, "The cost of a dream" . Keeps the plot twisting and turning...good read about historical Monmartre artists lives.
Published 1 month ago by grandma Di
4.0 out of 5 stars , a keeps you interested with a ragged effect ...
,a keeps you interested with a ragged effect.
Published 1 month ago by William Clowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Sanchia A. Mazza
4.0 out of 5 stars Part 2 of the tortured soul of Gastien. Recommend if you read the...
2nd in the Gastien series. I couldn't wait to read it to find out what happened to Gastien after reading the first one. This is a nice love story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carol A. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Caddy Rowland's books give me such a new slant on life, or maybe I should say an enlightenment beyong my previous stae. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elnord
1.0 out of 5 stars Forlorn and sad
The first book in this series was heavy with sexual content, but remained historically true and gave an aura of youthful experience. The second book was depressing and sad. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janeva Bledsoe
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More About the Author

The drama of humanity. We live, die, love, hate, win and lose in a never-ending variety of ways. Often those ways are heart-wrenching. Other times they are not.

Why do people make the choices they do? Why do some abuse power? How do the powerless learn to survive? Why do a few dare to be different, while others conform--and why are so many disturbed by those who don't? These are the questions that have always haunted author Caddy Rowland. Those questions keep her pounding away at her keyboard, creating novels showcasing the sublime joy and bitter tragedy of being human.

Caddy has always been a nonconformist. She likes to push the proverbial envelope when it comes to characterization and world building. Heroes have warts; villains have soft spots. Main characters don't always learn their lessons because all too often we don't, either. There isn't always a happy ending, but sometimes there is. Otherwise she'd be predictable.

She writes for readers who like to think and feel; who like their stories to be raw, graphic, unpredictable, "real" and sometimes brutal. For readers who like their boundaries challenged; to be shown how rarely life decisions are truly black and white, but instead shades of grey.

Think of a carnival midway with books instead of rides. She asks you make sure you're the minimum height if you plan on riding alone. You must also leave prejudices and inhibitions behind the entry gate. If you can't, Rowland's reads might be a tad much for you. Don't worry. There are plenty of safer reads out there. Just step out of the line and find a more appropriate book for your reading enjoyment.

No, Caddy Rowland's novels aren't for everyone. But then again, they just might be for you.

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Caddy Rowland also writes gay m/m romance under the name of Sibley Jackson.


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