Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Portrait of Emily Price

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REAY, KATHERINE
A PORTRAIT OF EMILY PRICE

Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she can't fix -- until she meets Ben, an Italian chef, who seems just right. But when Emily follows Ben home to Italy, she learns that his family is another matter...

Emily Price -- fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist -- dreams of having a gallery show of her own. There is no time for distractions, especially not the ultimate distraction of falling in love.

But Chef Benito Vassallo's relentless pursuit proves hard to resist. Visiting from Italy, Ben works to breathe new life into his aunt and uncle's faded restaurant, Piccollo. Soon after their first meeting, he works to win Emily as well -- inviting her into his world and into his heart.

Emily astonishes everyone when she accepts Ben's proposal and follows him home. But instead of allowing the land, culture, and people of Monterello to transform her, Emily interferes with everyone and everything around her, alienating Ben's tightly knit family. Only Ben's father, Lucio, gives Emily the understanding she needs to lay down her guard. Soon, Emily's life and art begin to blossom, and Italy's beauty and rhythm take hold of her spirit.

Yet when she unearths long-buried family secrets, Emily wonders if she really fits into Ben's world. Will the joys of Italy become just a memory, or will Emily share in the freedom and grace that her life with Ben has show her are possible?

My Review:

Rich. Decadent. Meant to be savored. A profoundly beautiful story! Reay brings the complexities of human relationship to life with such intriguing emotion!

 A head-over-heels whirlwind romance anchors the story even as it sends the characters into a tailspin of discovery. As an art restorer, Emily spends her days painstakingly uncovering damaged layers to reveal the truth hidden beneath. Meeting Ben becomes the catalyst for discovering real life truths hidden beneath layers of pain and loss. Such an interesting career/life parallel brilliantly delivered through the author's exquisite word choice. There were times I just had to stop and sit with a scene a spell.

Best book quote ever comes from Papa Lucio who has a penchant for selecting books to teach a lesson. "Literature teaches us empathy." (p.245) And that's exactly what this story does on so many levels. High recommended.

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Portrait of Emily Price please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 26 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

33 comments:

  1. Your review really makes me want to read this. I love the quote from Pap Lucio!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Isn't that the greatest quote ever???? good luck, rubynreba.

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  2. Kav, your review hooked me on giving this one a try. Include me, please! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  3. Sounds good. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  4. I'd heard of this book before, read a synopsis or something somewhere before, but I couldn't remember what it was called! I'm glad you posted this here! Lol
    Elly -Indiana-

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    1. Oh, I hate when that happens. Glad I could match a title to the synopsis. Good luck, Elly.

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  5. I have two of her books, but not this one! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. She's very unique and I love the way she spins a tale. good luck, Susan.

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  6. I loved the book, too! You nailed it with rich and decadent. Like you I found myself stopping here and there just to savor the words. Emily, Ben, Papa were great characters.

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    1. I'm glad it grabbed you the same way, Tracey. Just magical in all the little details. One for the keeper shelf for sure.

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  7. I'm going to have to give this author a try! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. She's really different, Paula. And I love her funky covers. Good luck.

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  8. Good author. Haven't read this. TY
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  9. Sounds really good and great review. Thank you for the chance to win. iamabho (@) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks, Linda. And yes, it is awesome! Good luck!

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  10. I love Katherine Reay and Dear Mr. Knightley is still one of my top 5 all-time favorite books. Along with your thoughts, I've heard great things about this release. The only reason I have yet purchased it myself is due to all the books I'm trying to catch up with. Like you said, this book needs to savored and I want to invest that kind of time. :)
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    1. Yeah -- time seems to stand still once you dive in --- or you wish it would! Good luck, Terrill.

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  11. Sounds like a great book. I don't think I have heard of this author before. I would love to win a copy.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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    1. She's awesome, Cindy. Good luck!

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  12. Ooooh I have been wanting to read this one! Thank for hosting a giveaway! dance.yourself.silly18ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, Rachel. Good luck.

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  13. Great review, KAV! I enjoy Katherine's books. Thank you for the chance.

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    1. Isn't she awesome? Good luck, Caryl.

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  14. Sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Thanks for the review.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Pam. good luck.

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  15. I haven't read any of Katherine's books yet. Thanks for the review and giveaway. This sounds like a great one to spend a day with. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Hope you get the chance to check out one of her books soon. Good luck, Donna.

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  16. Italia! What more can I say?
    Thanks, Kav!
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  17. I love books that end up taking place on the opposite side of the world--I am a real armchair traveler! I would love to win this one! adult4beckyATaolDOTcom

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