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The Madonna Model

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Jillian Warner journeys to the heart of today's art world, to learn how much true love is left in it. She soon discovers that there are as many fake people as forged paintings. Jillian lands a job as an American art specialist at Lyon's, a major New York City auction house. She wins a tough fight against sexism in the workplace, only to be defeated in her personal relation ...more
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published April 5th 2018 by Dryads Green Associates, Inc.
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leslie hamod
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read! Easy to follow, great characters, fascinating artworks! I loved her quest for true people through real art. She find " there are as many fake people as there are fake paintings! " the cover of the book is a deceiving factor as well! I at first glance thought it was Manet, only to be embarrassed upon realizing it is actually a forgery! A great forgery! I really enjoyed this literary work. It is original, thought provoking and realistic. I will be reading it again!
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
The only worthwhile thing about this book is the backstory on some famous paintings. The novel is so thoroughly trite (the main character Jillian is beyond beautiful, has a beautiful figure, has been schooled beautifully, had beautiful and successful parents, wore the most beautiful clothes, etc. . .). She was always wanted by every man and slept with many, but never for bad (???) reasons--every encounter was predestined and sanctioned (she believed) by her dead mother. Blah, blah, blah
Kim Bakos
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
The story sounds great - a mystery around art forgery, and a guy as phony as the art. Too bad that storyline doesn't make it into the book until the last 50 pages or so.
The first 90% of the story is filled with the main character who literally sleeps w/ every guy she meets on the first "date" or the first meeting even if it isn't even a date. This leads to her becoming pregnant and being unsure of who the father really is.
The art that is the backdrop of the story is a whole lot more interesting
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book was what drew me in, but unfortunately it didn't deliver. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, most notably Jillian, who came across as self-centered, selfish, and so completely full of herself it was painful. While I did love what information was provided around the artwork, which was detailed and well informed, it couldn't make up for a story that didn't have anything to move it along until the final 20 minutes where the actual conflict was resolved faster th ...more
Dec 19, 2018 marked it as dusty-shelf
Nope. This went on my DNF dusty shelf. It started out great then went downhill from there. She was perfect and all the men wanted her and she slept with them all... I have read reviews that the story was the beginn part [which was good] and the last 10% [which I couldn't bring myself to read that far]. Maybe if you like Romance books you will like this one. Just not for me.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, fiction
I received this book through the goodreads giveaways for an honest review.

The beginning of the book was all over the place-I was a bit confused what was going on. I did not like any of the characters.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Art lovers, art historians and mystery buffs will love this book. Jillian, the main character, did not have a normal upbringing, but a unique one filled with parental love and understanding. She is plagued with memories of the sudden dead of her father and the undoing of her mother’s and her perfect lives. When her mother announces she is leaving to join doctors in Afghanistan to help the Afghani’s, Jillian feels abandoned and doesn’t understand why her mother left. But life must go on. Jillian ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Michelle Staab
This was almost a DNF for me. It took me a month to read and I could only stand the main character for about 20-30 pages before I had to put it down. Jillian was just so into herself and so perfect that I couldn't bear her half the time. Everything that happened was so quick (except for getting to the plot) and so convenient. Everyone she met was instantly a best friend and she was so into falling in love with every man and made it seem like she was going to be their savior.

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T.L. Ashton
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This the story of Jillian Warner, who journeys to the heart of today's art world, to learn how much true love is left in it. She soon discovers that there are as many fake people as forged paintings. Jillian lands a job as an American art specialist at Lyon's, a major New York City auction house. She wins a tough fight against sexism in the workplace, only to be defeated in her personal relationships by the doubtful provenance of the men she loves. She prefers Wyeth to Warhol, but is challenged ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was enthralled with the little known stories of the artists and their paintings. I learned a bit more about forgery and art theft today than I knew from my correspondence with Michel van Rijn (author of Hot Art Cold Cash) in 2006. But, honestly, I felt cheated when I was torn away from the history and delving into a painting's provenance because the author seemed to think the book required the female protagonist to fall in love again, or think about what her mother told her what love is. Sorry ...more
Kayla Tornello
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways, adult
I really liked the parts of this book that were about paintings. Their history was fascinating and I liked hearing about the different artists. I liked the art auction pieces, too. The relationship parts of the book were terrible, though. The main character thinks that love is the only thing that matters in the entire world and is incredibly needy and desperate. She has so many issues with her mother, but can't seem to take the sensible route and get some counseling.

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Linda Smatzny
I received this book for free thru the Goodreads First Reads Giveaways program. The main character is Jillian Warner who loves art and works in the industry at an auction house. The information provided about art and artists is great and very informative. However the character of Jillian to me just wasn't likeable - that may be due to a big difference in age. It is unfortunate but I could not finish this book due to the character of Jillian. I just didn't care what she did, why she did it and di ...more
Patricia Zashkoff
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very engrossing story about an art specialist who works for an auction house. She is responsible for determining the authenticity of the paintings to be auctioned. It is also the story of her love life which is also filled with men of questionable motives. One wants her to approve a fake piece of art to put up for auction. Will she find Mr. Right? It's a good story with a little art history thrown in.
Steve Bender
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I found the parts about art and checking 0rovenance of paintings to be fascinating, but didn't care as much for the personal stuff. Particularly the almost slimy telling of a party with changing sexual partners. The heroine seems to believe that sex fixes all social problems.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it did not like it

Uggh. I really was excited to read this. About art... even though the author did will in telling stories about a couple American Artists, which was fantastic, the whole story was eegh. If you want to read about Jillians, the main characters, sexiapades then this is for you.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting book! I'd classify it as a contemporary romance, but it was more of a family saga, and how these families connected with one another. What i really liked about it most, was all the art history. The main character is an Art History major whose job is to find the provenance of art pieces. I learned a lot about the artists and their work by reading this book. It's the first book by this author that I've read, but I enjoyed it.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When discussing art & artists, the book is fascinating. The characters, however, are so unrealistic & unconvincing - some even cartoonish - that I hope the author will write a nonfiction work to do justice to her knowledge of the art world.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Must read for art lovers

I really enjoyed this. As a student of art history I loved the analysis of some of my favorite painters.
The intrigue of the world of art auction houses and provenance was also fascinating.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
I was intrigued by the synopsis, but unfortunately the book didn't deliver. The art was well-researched and interesting, but the characters and plot just didn't do it for me. I wasn't a fan of Jillian which made the book hard to finish.
Nancy Reynolds
Art history and authenticating interesting. However, I really never got to care about or like the characters. I wished I could have liked it more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF - mediocre style, incorrect word use, i.e. base for bass . . .
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kept my interest throughout
Brie McGirr Proofreading
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful read! I've recommended it to many friends!
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating art history lessons intertwined into the story. Main character is very complicated and through various people discovers who she really is and what her true nature is
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I just couldn't bring myself to like the main character.
Vicki Mosby
This book was just ok for me. Lots of art info, too much meaningless sex.
Barbara Ranous
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read and review this story -appreciate it.
I haven't started this book yet but hope to soon.
Oct 04, 2018 marked it as to-read
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TL Ashton writes books for smart sexy women. They know that smart is sexy because love lives in the brain, where we experience ultimate union. These women have been to college and face the paramount challenge of the work place. They want their vision and talent to be recognized because the self-respect that comes with success leads to genuine love, the love that helps us realize our fullest potent ...more
“Years later, she read that the media elites were threatening Cookie Monster with political crime. Cookie was crucified on the cross of obesity. The media wanted to replace him with Veggie Monster! How stupid was that. Real people make their own decisions. But by then she knew that television was worse than stupid. It existed to shape a mindless false reality that served its own purposes. Life has more tears than a sitcom has canned laughter. She knew that now. Jillian” 0 likes
“They saw Schilling take it all in. But he had more to say and exploded. “Listen, to the money talk! I just want you to know that I wasn’t in it to prove I could paint. Sure I wanted the cash. But you know what it was really all about. I was sticking it to the collectors who are so puffed up they would die to get a masterpiece on the cheap. They’re begging to be deceived. They deserve what they get because they’re the biggest fakes of all. I may not be a culture hero. But they’re nothing more than pretentious snobs with terrible taste just begging to be cheated. I loved putting it to them.” 0 likes
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