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ARC Review – A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay

ARC Review – A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine ReayA Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay
Published by Thomas Nelson on November 1st 2016
Pages: 368
Source: Netgalley

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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 shown her are possible?

Emily Price fixes what is broken. She restores things damaged from fire, water, and time. She is good at what she does. Her world takes a turn when she loses her job the possibilities become endless. She meets Italian chef Ben and accepts his proposal after a short acquaintance. She moves to Italy where she meets his family and finds that she can’t fix what is broken there no matter how hard she tries. Will Emily stay with Ben and his family despite what’s broken?

In an Oyster Shell – A heart-warming tale of love and acceptance despite the messiness life can leave you with at times.

The Pearls – I love stories that are coming of age tales regardless of how old the character is. Emily’s story is heart-warming and compelling. It shows that we have a lot to learn no matter how together we think we have our lives. Emily fixes what is broken so learning how to deal with brokenness was a great journey that the reader gets to partake in.

The setting is beautful. The story is set in Atlanta, Georgia, and Italy. The descriptions were nice. Especially of Italy. I have never been and the way the author wrote it made me feel as if I was there.

The romance was exquisite. A little bit of a whirlwind romance at first, it settles down into something real and warm. There is a lot of love and acceptance. It was more than romantic love. It was also about family love. It was a very satisfying story.

The Sand – It was a well-written story.

5 Pearls!

5 Stars

About Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has lived all across the country and Europe and has just moved with her family to Chicago. She is a writer, wife, mom, runner, and, most randomly, a tae kwon do black belt. Her debut novel, “Dear Mr. Knightley,” is a contemporary story with a dash of Jane Austen and other nineteenth century writers thrown in for the fun of it. Her subsequent novels, “Lizzy & Jane” and “The Bronte Plot,” feature stories of hope, reconciliation, family, some seriously good food and travel. “A Portrait of Emily Price” will be released in November of this year.

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