Brushstroke by brushstroke, layer upon layer…
I like to review and rate books based their intended purpose. In addition to “Is it well written, well structured, with well rounded characters” criteria a story must meet the expectations I have for that genre (thriller, romance, inspirational, etc.) to earn five stars. Katherine Reay in A Portrait of Emily Price delivers an inspirational genre masterpiece worth
A Portrait of Emily Price uses the art of painting as the backdrop for a story of romance and family. While I’m not a painter myself I understand that it takes paints, brushes, and an artist’s skill to make a blank canvas come alive. This is not much different from writing a good book or living a full and happy life.
Katherine is an more than just a writer, she is a storyteller. I loved her ability to write a story that you not only read with your head but experienced with your heart. Truth be told, the first couple chapters of the book, while solid, are not enthralling and give little indication as to where the book will take you. Like an artist at a canvas; Katherine adds each word and sentence, each paragraph and chapter, layer by layer, to produce not only an entertaining contemporary romance but an inspirational story. It’s a story that allows you to experience the emotions of the characters and may even trigger memories of times in your past when you had a similar emotional connections.
In a painting, each layer of paint is not impressive by itself but together with the other colors and textures produces a finished work that draws you in with its depth and expression. It’s like life in many ways; the sum of each event, interaction, and experience produces in us the picture of our lives. Even the mis-strokes add character to the portrait. There is no such thing as a perfect life, all good and no bad. It just doesn’t exist! But perfection does not equate with happiness as Emily finally realizes:
Take time for A Portrait of Emily Price. Great Book!