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An unremarkable whirlwind contemporary romance -- PAINT ME RAINBOWS by Fern Michaels
on July 1, 2014
Everyone says to read Fern Michaels, so I have. My choice of PAINT ME RAINBOWS appeals, because I empathyze with the need to fly after being emotionally scarred. Also, the thought of an artist colony is intriguing. Would the jilted bride arrive at one of those "scandalous communes"? The book summary is such a tease!
Reflecting on PAINT ME RAINBOWS, I am disappointed in my first Fern Michaels novel. Her prose are just not inspiring. When she isn't repeating the same vocabulary, she is using outdated terms and concepts for the contemporary setting, such as "trousseau" and feeding a dog chocolate. And, given the artist colony, Michaels does not take advantage of such a community of unique characters for increased original dialog and plot twists. When the most vivid character of them all is the cook, there is a serious problem. Threading through the entire novel are themes of food and Christmas.
If you don't mind the cookie-cutter contemporary romances, you'll be okay with PAINT ME RAINBOWS. You do get a jilted bride heading who-knows-where, ending up at a Rhode Island artist colony for sanctuary. She pretends to be a writer to receive entrance. The owner of the grounds is a handsome lawyer-painter, a.k.a. the rebound love interest. Prepare yourself for his cosmopolitan ex-girlfriend and her corporate ex-fiancee to play parts in the book. Best of all, Jill, our protagonist, creates a familial bond with the colony's elderly cook.