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

Books In This Series (5 Books)
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  • 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: 2067 KB
    • Print Length: 469 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Caddy Rowland; 2 edition (October 1, 2013)
    • Publication Date: October 1, 2013
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006LR8W4C
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    5 of 5 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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT February 19, 2012
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    I was asked to review "Gastien: From Dream to Destiny" when I was done reading it. If you haven't read the first book in the series, I highly recommend doing so before tackling this one. I enjoyed this book much better than the first; it wasn't as emotionally draining which made it easier to read. Though there is more romance than in the first book, it's very different from the typical romance novel. This is a very sexually charged book which may put some readers off, but it's well worth reading. I have love/hate emotions for Gastien. I had to remind myself that his views on subjects were that of a man from his time period and not a modern day guy. I can't help but admire his honesty, originality, and strength but his behaviors are appalling. He's a drug addicted alcoholic with monogamy issues. He'll act irresponsible one moment then turn around and be tender and caring. His background makes some of his actions understandable be he needed to grow up sooner than he did. I enjoyed that Caddy wrote this story to span Gastien's entire life once meeting Sophie. That may seem like a lot to fit in one book but she hits the highlights. I imagine the missing years would have been boring. Sophie is a one of a kind woman. Her love for Gastien is so immense that she's able to accept all his flaws despite her family's disapproval and hatred. I liked seeing Gastien fall in love; it was very comical in the beginning. I was surprised that their relationship lasted. I thought for sure Sophie would get tired of Gastien's infidelity and immaturity. I enjoyed seeing Gastien as a father as well. I could feel the love he had for his son even if he wasn't the best at showing it. He truly tried to be what he thought a father was but it was predictable that he would end up disappointing his son. Read more ›
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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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    4.0 out of 5 stars Gastien, His Continuing Story
    Another emotionally charged drama which I enjoyed from beginning to end. It wasn't as intense as the first book in the series but just as thought provoking. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Judith D Sugg
    3.0 out of 5 stars Would not suggest buying this book
    It was good but not spellbinding did not home interest for an extended period of time
    Published 1 month ago by Snake
    4.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful what you wish for
    It was interesting because it gives you a lot of history of Paris in the 1800. It also gives a good story about the artist of the time and how they made MomMatta their home. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Miriam J Walsh
    4.0 out of 5 stars The saga continues for Gastien.
    Very good reading, you want to find out what happens to all the different characters. The saga never ends...
    Published 1 month ago by Serge Giroux
    4.0 out of 5 stars I started to dislike Gastien, the main character
    I read two books in the series. The books held my attention. Somewhere in the middle of the second book, I started to dislike Gastien, the main character. Read more
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Too much explicit sex but a good story
    Published 3 months ago by roseemary iverson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another success!
    I actually paid for this book. After reading Gastien: the Price of the Dream, I had to know what happened. Again, a great novel! Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Cassandra S. Kiel
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    A page Turner! I couldn't put it down. You get immersed in the characters life and laugh and cry with them. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
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    Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
    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 7 months ago by Pattie Peer
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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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