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- ISBN-10: 0440423449
- ISBN-13: 978-0440423447
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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The Very Picture of You Hardcover
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Ella Graham is a 35 year old portrait painter who is starting to make a name for herself in London. She has a devoted younger half sister, a loving step-father and a high-strung mother who has given Ella little information about Ella's father who deserted the family. Ella has never forgotten him however, and has a decision to make when he calls and asks to explain his side of the story.
During the course of the book, Ella's story/life becomes inter-locked with the many interesting characters portraits she is painting. They include Iris, an 80 year old women who also has a sad story of abandonment, Celine a women approaching her 40th birthday who is craving a change in her life, Mike a government official who may be involved in a hit-run- accident, and Grace a posthumous portrait of a cyclist whose essence Ella wants to capture for her family. She is also reluctantly painting her sisters fiance, Nate, who she considers a loathsome boor, or is he? As all these stories weave together/and her portraits are finished, Ella learns a lot about herself, her family and what she wants/needs from life.
"The Very Picture of You" and Ella's road to self-discovery was predictable. As the reader, it was easy to depict what each portrait needed to teach Ella, even before she finished painting her subject. I actually found some of the sub-plots/characters more interesting then Ella's. If your looking for a non-taxing end of the summer read, which tidies up all pieces, give it a try. If your looking for as good or better read than "A Vintage Affair" you might be disappointed.
Ms. Wolfe skillfully intoduces the four"sitters" and little by little gives us glimpses into their lives and personalities. Ella's interactions with the four leads to changes in her life and attitude.Read more ›
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I simply love the way Isabell writes! She pulls me in and it's so hard to close her books. This one in particular was pleasing because it has a small tie in with A Vintage Affair,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kelli Moody
I really enjoy Isabel Wolff's books. I learn something, in this case the heroine paints portraits so I learned about the process of painting from a sitter, a bit about painting... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jody
If you are looking for a beach read, Isabel Wolff delivers! When I read to escape, I mean it; I want warm, funny, pretty locations, just enough conflict to make it relatable, and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by J.L. Fuller
(3.5 stars) Ella is a portrait artist. She only works from live models and in the process of painting she has a gift of capturing the essence of the person over the course of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michelle Boytim
I really enjoyed the book! It was easy to read, the author took you on a roller-coaster ride of different, but potentially predictable outcomes of each... Read more
I enjoyed it very much and the character descriptions were very good.Published 14 months ago by Hard to find