Friday, August 10, 2018

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Book Review: The Things We Don't Say

A beguiling painting holds the secrets of a woman’s past and calls into question everything she thought she knew about the man she loved…

Nearly sixty years ago, renowned London artist Patrick Adams painted his most famous work: a portrait of his beloved Emma Temple, a fellow bohemian with whom he shared his life. Years after Patrick’s death, ninety-year-old Emma still has the painting hanging over her bed at their country home as a testament to their love.

To Emma’s granddaughter, Laura, the portrait is also a symbol of so much to come. The masterpiece is serving as collateral to pay Laura’s tuition at a prestigious music school. Then the impossible happens when an appraiser claims the painting is a fraud. For Laura, the accusation jeopardizes her future. For Emma, it casts doubt on everything she believed about her relationship with Patrick. Laura is determined to prove that Patrick did indeed paint the portrait. Both her grandmother’s and Patrick’s legacies are worth fighting for.

As the stories of two women entwine, it’s time for Emma to summon up the past—even at the risk of revealing its unspoken secrets.

Dude! Did you know that you get a free ebook each month if you have Amazon Prime? Somehow I just found this out and this was my first book choice. Let's dive in, shall we?

The Good:

I loved the stories of these two women and how one's past affected the other's future. I've seen some say that they couldn't connect with Laura and her panic, but that wasn't the case for me. I've been where everything I wanted was within reach, just to have it ripped away. Sometimes life can be a cruel mistress. I will admit that Emma's side of the story entranced me a bit more than Laura's, but both were sides worth reading. I knew the book had me firmly in its grasp when I cried at the end. Any book that can evoke emotion that way is worth reading.

The Bad:

If I had one complaint, it would be that this book is  bit of a slow starter. Still, it didn't take me long before I had been pulled in and had to make myself stop reading so that I could get some much needed sleep.

The Summary:

If you get a chance to pick up this book, I would suggest that you take a couple of days to just relax and to read. It's the kind of book that made me wish for a blanket under the trees near the water's edge. I wanted to immerse myself in my own paradise while I read of the ones that Emma made for others. 

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