Read Stolen Beauty Online Free - From the dawn of the twentieth century to the devastation of World War II, this exhilarating novel of love, war, art, and family gives voice to two extraordinary women and brings to life the true story behind the creation and near destruction of Gustav Klimt’s most remarkable paintings.
In the dazzling glitter of 1903 Vienna, Adele Bloch-Bauer—young, beautiful, brilliant, and Jewish—meets painter Gustav Klimt. Wealthy in everything but freedom, Adele embraces Klimt’s renegade genius as the two awaken to the erotic possibilities on the canvas and beyond. Though they enjoy a life where sex and art are just beginning to break through the façade of conventional society, the city is also exhibiting a disturbing increase in anti-Semitism, as political hatred foments in the shadows of Adele’s coffee house afternoons and cultural salons.
Nearly forty years later, Adele’s niece Maria Altmann is a newlywed when the Nazis invade Austria—and overnight, her beloved Vienna becomes a war zone. When her husband is arrested and her family is forced out of their home, Maria must summon the courage and resilience that is her aunt’s legacy if she is to survive and keep her family—and their history—alive.
Will Maria and her family escape the Nazis’ grip? And what will become of the paintings that her aunt nearly sacrificed everything for?
Impeccably researched and a “must-read for fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Paula McLain’s Circling the Sun” (Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Stolen Beauty intertwines the tales of two remarkable women across more than a hundred years. It juxtaposes passion and discovery against hatred and despair, and shines a light on our ability to love, to destroy, and above all, to endure.
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April 16, 2017
I am a sucker for a good cover so when I saw this one, I quickly put it at the top of my list and admired it every time I sat it down on my coffee table. Not only was it a pretty cover, it was a pretty awesome story.
Two parallel stories told in different eras. Adele, in the late 1880's, finding h...
February 06, 2017
Adele Bloch-Bauer living in Austria in the late 1880's, from a family of means is a strong , passionate independent young woman with a thirst for knowledge of art , philosophy, literature . At a time when it wasn't acceptable for women to pursue such interests, she follows her brother's dying wis...
February 16, 2017
On the wall directly across the foot of my bed, I have hanging a large framed print of Klimt's, The Kiss. I love it, see something new in it all the time. Love his work, so naturally I was drawn to this book about Vienna in 1903, featuring Klimt and Adele Block-Bauer. I had also started another b...
April 13, 2017
Author Laurie Lico Albanese has dedicated her novel ’Stolen Beauty’ to her great-grandmother who was born Jewish in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The novel is alternately narrated by two Viennese women, both Jewish.
The novel is a tribute both to the art of Austrian artist Gustaf Klimt (1862-1918)...
March 28, 2017
What a beautiful, glittering book cover for this novel! It’s reminiscent of the gold leaf painting by Gustav Klimt that immortalized Adele Bloch-Bauer, one of two central characters within this historical fiction and the real life model for his 1907 painting, “Woman in Gold”. The author weaves to...
June 10, 2017
A vibrant and compelling historical fiction novel about art, passion, love and war and family.
A magnificent blend of fact, fiction and history which makes this novel so readable and enjoyable.
From the dawn of the twentieth century to the devastation of World War II, this exhilarating novel of lo...
June 04, 2017
A wonderful story of two very strong women and one beautiful gold painting. A must read for historical fiction fans. I felt like I had been reading this one for ages. Not because I did not like it, but because the kid in me came out. Each time I went to the library, a new shiny book came in and I...
July 05, 2017
I’m a longtime fan of Gustav Klimt’s works, so I knew I had to give STOLEN BEAUTY a listen when it came across my audiobook radar. The title refers to Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, one of Klimt’s most famous paintings during his “Golden Phase.” (Take a look at the painting HERE.) At the heart...
February 07, 2017
This book is about the lives of Adele Bloch-Bauer and her niece, Maria Altmann and their connection to the painter Gustav Klimt.
Adele was raised in Vienna and as a child was bright and curious. Because she was a girl, she had been limited by her parents to what she could learn and study. She met...
September 20, 2017
I really liked this & learned so much about the artist Klimt. Art is an area that I’ve never had much interest in, however, novels like this are helping change that. Adele was a woman before her time and I’m glad that I got to learn her story. My only complaint was concerning Adele’s death. A...