Author: Julie Hearn
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
"Ivy is used to being overlooked. The youngest in a family of thieves, scoundrels, and roustabouts, the girl with the flame-colored hair and odd colored eyes is declared useless by her father from the day she is born. But that's only if you look at her and don't see. For Ivy has a quality that makes people take notice. It's more than beauty - and it draws people toward her.
Which makes her the perfect subject for an aspiring painter named Oscar Aretino Frosdick. Oscar is determined to make his mark on the art world, with Ivy as his model and muse. But behind Ivy's angelic looks lurk dark secrets and a troubled past - a past that has given her an unfortunate addiction to a dangerous drug. And when treachery and jealousy surface in the Eden that is the artist's garden. Ivy must learn to be more than a pretty face if she is to survive."
Honestly, historical fiction isn't a genre I read that often - but this book was a perfect one to jump into the genre. The story is really interesting and was actually surprising. The story took some twists that I wasn't quite expecting. But that made the story more interesting and sucked you in - just cause you never knew what was going to happen.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is wanting to get into the historical fiction stuff. Especially girls - this is more a girl story than anything else.
There are other blog reviews: Here, here, and here.