Published April 7th 2013
by Ella Frank
Chantel Rosenberg's passion for music and life had never shone brighter than the time she spent in Bordeaux France. It's a time when feelings arose and desires ran deep, a time that fundamentally changed her life.
A man living in seclusion, Phillipe Tibideau is haunted and plagued by memories he cannot disregard. Choosing to live a quiet life in his Chateau surrounded by the vineyards of France, he's left his passion for art behind.
However, the time has arrived to tell his side of a tale. A tale that has depicted him as a 'beautiful monster' and he's finally allowing someone close.
Close enough to ask questions. Questions he's not sure he wants to answer. Questions about her.
For up and coming journalist Gemma Harris, the pursuit of truth is what drives her and when a job of a lifetime presents itself there is nothing in the world that will stop her from taking it. Even if it does mean leaving her home for several months to stay at Chateau Tibideau, with him.
This is a story of what happens when three passionate lovers collide and the desire for truth, art and music merge.
Chateau Tibideau is a place full of unanswered questions, dark sinful desire and a beauty so hauntingly sad it will have you wondering how you will ever leave the same....
Wow. Just wow. Ever since Ms. Frank asked me to read her novel Exquisite, I've enjoyed every single word she's written. Her stories are fun, sexy, and full of vivid characters. But I was not expecting this at all from Blind Obsession. It was haunting, beautiful, and moving. The story draws you in, and I personally was left feeling ungrounded. There was always something in the back of this story--a devastating loss, a horrible something, that made me a little afraid for all of the characters involved. Did the ending shock me? Not at all. It was a beautiful ending for the trio in this romance. But it did break my heart a little.
Phillipe: I'm still crying for this man. I love the idea of someone so dominating becoming so undone by love. Chantel brought out the best of him, she challenged him to see himself as he was really was. So did Gemma. But I'm left with a haunted feeling that while Phillipe understands what both Chantel and Gemma tried to show him about himself, that there is still a broken bit of him tormenting himself.
Chantel: She wrote some hot journal entries. And she saw the world so clearly and didn't condemn it. Even when her family did, even when Phillipe doubted, she didn't doubt what was true and what wasn't. She never doubted Phillipe, never doubted their love for one another. Her voice lends a voyeuristic feel to the story, and by the end I'm certain Phillipe had the perfect word for her: ethereal.
Gemma: Possibly the most complicated character in this story. Maybe even the bravest. I like to think of her as another Chantel--unafraid of Phillipe, daring to challenge him, daring to want the truth, to see past the surface of the story. I love that she can understand Phillipe's desisions at the end of the story, but I ache for her as well. At the same though, I'm glad that she was able to really understand Phillipe and Chantel and their love for one another.
This novel has some beautiful interactive additions that add layers to the story. The music included, the portraits of Phillipe's collection, drew me in and allowed me to understand Phillipe and Chantel intimately. Not to mention that they were just soul searing pieces. Alone, they would have been wow. But along with the story, they were made even more devastating. Ella Frank has written an extraordinary story of love and loss, and acceptance.
I'd like to thank Ms. Frank for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
5 glittering stars