A Portrait Of Emily Price
by Katherine Reay
-From the back cover-
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 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, the 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 shown her are possible?
Forgiveness & love don't always come easy
This Book received a 4.5 Bark rating.
This is the third Katherine Reay book that I've read, and believe me, it comes close to tying with Dear Mr. Knightley as my favorite. It is a beautiful, poignant, and sometimes bittersweet story of a young woman learning about love, life, and about family. She has a lot to learn about what makes people act and react the way that they do and at times I saw shades of myself in Emily – and not always flattering ones. With each page I found myself totally immersed in her story, and even more, her journey into being the person she was meant to be and towards the love and family she's always wanted.
A Portrait Of Emily Price was a simply wonderful read. One that I actually finished much faster than I thought possible because I just couldn't seem to put it down. Katherine Reay has a definite must-read and a real winner in this lovely American-Italian romance!
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives A Portrait Of Emily Price by Katherine Reay a 4.5 Bark rating.