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Gastien: From Dream to Destiny (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


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"...the amazing story of Gastien...even more captivated by Gastien and all the other characters in this book than I was in the first...so 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
"..be 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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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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
I love this series, as a lover of historical fiction. This book I found more sad than the first in the series, so get your tissues out. But it is very good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it.
Can't wait to read the rest of the series, it has everything that I look for in a Romance book.
Published 5 months ago by Unknown
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good read
Did not feel like the author had a good grasp on the era in which Gastien lived. Wouldn't recommend this.
Published 7 months ago by Dianne
4.0 out of 5 stars Gastien is worth your time
I found the story slow going at times but there was no way I was going to not see this story to the end and not discover what was ahead for Gastien. A memorable story.
Published 7 months ago by N. Wahl
3.0 out of 5 stars From good to boring.
The first book was good, but the subsequent stories were so repetitious they became boring. And Tristan's story line was so obvious from the beginning I just didn't want to go... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sammy
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
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... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Beccie Weaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story
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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Liz @ Fictional Candy
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional roller coaster
We learned to live along side Gastien Beauchamp in "Gastien". Now in "From Dream to Destiny", its an emotional roller coaster. Heart throbbing page turner. Written remarkably well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dayton F. Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
THIS BOOK IS PAGE TURNING..COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN....ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW!! A MUST READ....EVERYONE NEEDS TO GET THIS SERIES!!!
Published 9 months ago by jenn
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Caddy Rowland grew up with a stack of books that almost reached the ceiling before she was five. Books, along with her vivid imagination, have always been some of her closest friends.

She lives with her husband, who was her high school sweetheart. They are owned by two parrots. Besides being a writer, she is an artist. One can often find her "makin' love to the color" (painting) with loud music blaring.

Her goal as an author is to make readers laugh, cry, think, and become intimately connected with her main characters. She writes dramatic novels showcasing the sublime joy and bitter tragedy of being human. Most all of her work is LGBT inclusive. In other words, she strives to make her work reflect humanity as it really is: varied and interesting.

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