This book is not the fluffy type of historical romances you see so much of. This book is dark, rich and powerful. It was recommended by a friend here after I asked if anyone knew of something less fluffy, something with more angst. This book fit the bill perfectly. The writing was so good, you felt as if you were there with Emma or Julian. You could feel what they felt for each other and those around them. You could see Emma's powerful paintings. Wow! This book will be re-read many times over and I will love it each time.