Book Review: RODIN’S LOVER



“A wave arced over the slate waters and broke the stone at the edge of the property. One violent tempest and the cottage floor would be engulfed. She relished the wild beauty of the sea, the push and pull of currents, and the whirling eddies of cold water…She lowered herself to the short drop-off to the sea, removed her boots, and dangled her legs over the surf. Auguste was an unavoidable force. Warring against her emotions grew tedious and tiring…Dieu, she missed him.” Heather Webb, RODIN’S LOVER


A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France

As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.

Rodin’s Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.


Consumed. This novel consumed me.

Webb’s powerful writing matches her passionate and tragic heroine, sculptor Camille Claudel. The conflicts and frustrations of a female artist at a time of rampant discrimination bring the pages to life, and the beautiful writing and narrative momentum make the book impossible to put down.

The cast of artists, writers, and notable historical figures will send one in search of photographs and images for hours, and Claudel will forever haunt the reader. Webb’s depiction of Claudel’s love affair with Auguste Rodin is cautionary, sympathetic, and wholly absorbing.

Look into Camille’s eyes on the cover, and see if you can resist her intense and untamed world…

Highly recommended.



One thought on “Book Review: RODIN’S LOVER

  1. I just finished this little delight…. as a former art history student, I simply was ecstatic to find out this was being published. Wells did an amazing job of blending fact and fiction …. loved all the descriptive narratives about sculpting, sculptures, and art in general. Poor Camille.

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