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The Painter's Gift Paperback – November 5, 2007
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After the publishing tsunami which was The DaVinci Code, a mad rush ensued to put out the next Dan-Brown-style breakout even Dan Brown tried but nothing on that model has been equally commercial. The Painter s Gift nods in that direction, but the place of religion in life is more practically divined here. The idea of piecing together a new holy message is appealing, the lead character is worth pulling for. This book should combine agreeably with a lawn chair, a beach towel, and a beverage of choice. --Clarion-ForeWord
The story leans slightly on a Dan Brown-esque critique of religious status quo themes. But, thankfully, Brown's obsession with detail doesn't show up. Essentially, the story revolves around simpler themes of remorse and joy; loss and renewal; and embitterment and faith. Holt presents an interesting concoction of romance and quasi-religious mystery that blends quite seamlessly. She has crafted a pleasantly surprising novel and a solid, quick read. I recommend this book despite the maudlin self-doubt that possesses Claire but quickly fades as the story progresses. --Five Stars, Bookreview.com
Frankly, I can't believe that this is Penelope Holt's first novel! It is truly an excellent, fascinating, and meaningful piece of work. "The Painter's Gift" not only reads well and holds your attention from start to finish, but also conveys a powerful message that "sticks" with the reader long after the adventure of reading it is completed. It is a "gift" for all just waiting to be unwrapped! --Dr, Alex Pattakos, author, Prisoner of Our Thoughts
About the Author
Penelope Holt was born and Educated in Yorkshire, England. She has, for many years, lived and worked as an advertising and marketing executive in New York. The author began her writing career as a playwright with her work performed in Edinburgh, Scotland; York, England; and New York City. She is a published business author. This is her first novel.
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In spite of rather intriguing general idea and some interesting premises (albeit a bit typical for religious mystery-thriller layout), the entire theme of the book is NOT developed properly. Everything remains quite simplistic and raw, built on a linear, quite predictable plot without twists or even mild surprises.
Too many cliches throughout.
All characters in the book are somewhat sketchy, two-dimentional and therefore uninteresting.
The very aspect of ART in this book isn't presented that well: regrettably it seems the author herself just doesn't know enough about ART or ARTISTS (at least not about Visual Arts). How and what kind of artists are driven to create what kind of art, and so on -- i.e. HOW it all actually works, especially on true higher level.
(Even though we know that esoteric matters or elements of occult knowledge usually lie beyond dismally narrow scope of suchlike books, we still hope to come across & read a cogent and credible, full-fledged work...)
The Painter's Gift has lots of adventure, a dollop of mysticism & an exciting plot. Scholars find an ancient scroll that prophesies a new world vision. According to the scroll, the key to the vision will be found in 3 special paintings, and so the hunt is on. The search team consists of a beautiful widow (also a visionary), a Benedictine monk, a religious scholar, & a handsome art historian who work frantically to find the paintings before the villains.
Perhaps because of the author's English/American background, the Painter's Gift includes fascinating background on the Manhattan art scene (shallow), religious symbolism (I'll never look at church spires the same way) & the history of England's magical Glastonbury, home to King Arthur & Guinevere.
All in all, a great book with lots to think about.
I liked the other characters too---an evil Vatican bureaucrat, the snarky art dealer, a Buddhist monk, & others. Add an exciting plot & fascinating background on religious history and you've got a great read. Definitely recommended!
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Penelope vividly portrays the paintings which are the backbone of the story.Read more