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The Picture [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Taylor
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Book Description

Sophie lives her life as a hospice nurse running from her past and over-compensating for her sins. She wants nothing more than to help others the way someone once helped her. But she never expected to get so attached to one of her patients.

Nicholas is suddenly looking for more meaning in his life than money, fast women and flashing lights. Life as a rocker has left him empty. Only Emily filled the gaping hole in his heart and with her death, his soul is broken into pieces.

When two lives collide, Sophie and Nicholas know they'll never be the same. Together, they try to figure out a message Emily has left behind. Can they succeed before the realities of life tear them apart?

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About the Author

STEPHANIE TAYLOR is a freelance editor, author and business owner. She spends her time making other authors’ dreams come true at Astraea Press as Editor in Chief and Owner. Stephanie opened Astraea Press because of the lack of non-erotic book publishers and has finally found a home for her books. STEPHANIE has a doctorate in multi-tasking and can actually walk a tight rope while balancing a dinner plate on her head and typing her next novel with the other. She lives in Alabama with her three children and her wonderful husband of ten years.

Product Details

  • File Size: 395 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463512473
  • Publisher: Astraea Press, LLC (May 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052E7HAU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,551 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It touched my heart! November 30, 2011
By IngaKS
My review:

I adored this book! It was such a sweet romance, that I would say that it should be a must read for romance lovers. I laughed, I cried, I ached while reading The Picture! It's a sad and sweet book.

Regarding the plot:

I was hooked from the very first page of The Picture.

The story starts with a rock concert where the main female character Sophie is listening to song that means a lot to her and to the singer, Nicholas. Sophie has a purpose to meet Nicholas during the after party of the concert. She needs to deliver a picture from Emily to Nicholas. Sophie and Nicholas meet, but the circumstances change quickly because Sophie feels attracted to Nicholas and does not find a chance to do what she was asked until it's too late. Nicholas finds a picture of Emily and Sophie decides to leave Nicholas behind without explanations.

Nicholas and Sophie meet again and due to the snowstorm, Nicholas cannot travel back and stays with Sophie. The snowstorm forces both Sophie and Nicholas to open up their hearts and they learn a lot about each other and about their pasts. Step by step they grow closer to each other.

Emily is the person that binds Nicolas and Sophie together and the story is partially told through the flashbacks about Emily's role in Sophie's life. And I loved the way the story was told. The scenes shared between Emily and Sophie were heartbreaking and sweet.

Regarding the characters:

My favorite character was Emily! She was so sweet, so strong, so leveled. It was amazing how she could handle her sickness and how brave she was about dying. The relationship between Emily and Sophie was well-written and vital to the story. Stephanie Taylor did amazing work with Emily and her relationship to Sophie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Never Dies July 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was heart renching. Devastating. Beautiful. I cried throughout the whole story. I highly recommend reading this but not without a full box of tiisues. Working in palliative medicine I can relate to the fact that some people impact us in ways many can only imagine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good story packed with emotion August 9, 2012
To say you enjoy a book that makes you cry seems a bit different but The Picture is a wonderful story. The author touches on topics that are hard to deal with ... cancer, loss, grief. Each character is dealing with what life has dealt them - some better than others. I loved how the youngest character is the most together of them all.
An emotionally moving story. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful, Heartwarming Story February 4, 2012
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Sophie is a hospice nurse, who has just lost a patient she was very attached to. She normally tried not to get too emotionally involved with her patients, since she knew they were all going to die, but this time, she just couldn't help herself. Little Emily's mother simply can't cope with her daughter's illness, and turns to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain of what her daughter is going through, and can't bring herself to be there for Emily. Emily can't understand her mother's distance, and believes her mother is ashamed of her. So Sophie finds herself not only in the position of nurse, but as surrogate mother, as well for a bright, happy, optimistic little girl who makes the most out of the time she has.

Nicholas is a rock star, who just doesn't have time for his daughter. At least, that's the way Sophie sees it. She despises the man without ever having laid eyes on him, because he's never been around for Emily, except for a few visits when she is in the end stages of her illness. Emily's dying wish, however, is for Sophie to take him "the picture of us," so she feels a responsibility to honour the little girl's request and ends up at the after party of one of his concerts. In her wallet, she carries a picture of Emily and her father together, though wondering why it was so important to Emily for her father to have the picture.

After finally meeting and talking to Nicholas, he gives the impression of having cared for his daughter very much, so Sophie is increasingly puzzled by his absence during her lifetime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Whole Package January 26, 2012
By Onelady
This book has it all. The story is heartbreaking and touching. While the subject matter [no spoiler here] is difficult to read, it's because the author has done such a great job making the characters come to life. In order for a book to appeal to me at the highest level, it must bring something unexpected to surprise me. This book does just that.

Buy the book. Enjoy reading it. Experience the emotions it invokes. And then hug someone important in your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh. My. Word. January 16, 2012
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Sophie is a hospice nurse who usually doesn't get involved with her patients past a certain point. Don't get me wrong, she is very good at what she does and she has pure motives -- she genuinely wants to help them to deal with every aspect of what they're going through. But when she meets Emily, she breaks her own rules. Emily's always up-beat, always smiling outlook on life draws Sophie like an irresistible force. So, it is understandable that when Emily's time comes, Sophie reels emotionally and has to go through the grieving process of losing a close friend.

But she also made a promise to Emily. A promise to deliver a picture to Nicholas, a disenchanted rock star struggling to make sense of Emily's death and deal with his own grief over the loss. She does deliver the picture, but not before she finds more than she bargained for in Nicholas's company. Nicholas is understandably upset about the photograph, and Sophie leaves, certain she'll never see him again. But she was wrong, and a snowstorm finds them snowed in at her apartment for several days.

Just when she starts to think love is possible, his track record with women and her hidden past threaten to destroy what might have been.

Warning: You're gonna cry. I teared up in three different parts and I can usually control my emotions like an ice queen. This story was amazing. I loved the characters and could feel Sophie's roller coaster of emotions throughout. Her love and grief, her confusion and her anger. She is the epitome of a woman trying to hide all her pain from the world around her, but finds it all spills over at the most inopportune moments.

Nicholas was a gentleman and not arrogant or possessing of a sense of entitlement. Nothing like what you'd expect a rock star to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was truly amazing! I typically hate reading but this book...
This book was truly amazing! I typically hate reading but this book kept you engaged the whole time. Sophie the main character is a hospice nurse you cares for cancer patience. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Caitlyn Ralph
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A excellent book very hard to put down love the storyline. The love that never ends and a faith that keeps growing
Published 16 months ago by kathleen werner
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet contemporary!
This book came home with me from the RT Convention (May 2013). The cover was catching as it's different from the covers that are currently out there. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Viviana Izzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Light reading
Good story and easy read. Didnt give a fifth star only because it was so short and a little below my normal read, more into the multiple plots and twists you get with the likes of... Read more
Published on December 10, 2012 by Patsy Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
I loved this book. i found myself getting lost in the story and how it related to similar events that happened in my life (the loss of a baby). Read more
Published on October 15, 2012 by connie stepsis
4.0 out of 5 stars Packed with emotion
Nicholas and Sophie are two hurting, weary people brought together by a shared love for a little girl who lost her battle with cancer. Read more
Published on August 26, 2012 by E.A. West
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good read.
I did not like this book at all, actually I only made it to chapter five, when i decided it was time to call it's quits.. Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by Lysha
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
From the first I was pulled into the eyes and soul of Sophie as the story played out in my mind like a hallmark movie. I felt like I was actually living her life. Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by Stephanie J. Finley
5.0 out of 5 stars A good cry, a sexy man ;)
This book has it all. Romance, a good cry, a sexy man. I mean really what more could you want? The storyline moves extremely fast. Read more
Published on January 30, 2012 by RachVD
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing....
I was looking for a new author and ran across "The Picture" and saw that it had 3 reviews at the time and all had rated the book with 5 stars. Read more
Published on January 29, 2012 by LoveToRead
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More About the Author

Stephanie Taylor wrote and illustrated her first novel, The Bear Who Ate Christmas, at the tender age of six: several notebook pages stapled together to open like a "real book" (it's still in the attic, by the way, just in case you were curious). Over twenty years later, she lives in Alabama with her husband and is a mommy of three by day and a writer by night. She has a doctorate in Multitasking and can actually walk a trapeze while preparing dinner with one hand and typing her next novel with the other. Well, no not really, but close. You can find her online on Facebook or at her publishing company, Astraea Press.

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