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A Portrait of Emily Price Paperback – November 1, 2016
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'Reay’s sensually evocative descriptions of Italian food and scenery makes this a delight for fans of Frances Mayes’s Under the Tuscan Sun. The author of The Brontë Plot writes novels that speak to the universal truths in the human heart, and her latest will appeal to readers of new adult fiction with its focus on the power of following a dream.' (Library Journal, starred review)
'Another rich, multi-layered story from Katherine Reay. Fabulously described settings will make readers long to visit Italy . . . This is a lovely tale that will nest in the reader’s heart and won’t let go.' (RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars, Top Pick)
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Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. Visit her on line at katherinereay.com Facebook: katherinereaybooks Twitter: @Katherine_Reay
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Katherine Reay creates settings that are realistically flawed- even broken- and tackles the challenge of guiding her characters through them on a journey to find purpose and belonging past their work, lifestyles, and shortcomings, ultimately back home to their families in a beautiful and touching way.
As I did with "Dear Mr. Knightley", the best way to give an overall review of a work like "A Portrait of Emily Price" is with words; words like inspirational. Cultural. Bookish. Artistic. Flowing. Tasteful. Authentic. Vibrant. White on white. Cappuccino. Loyalty. Murals. Vespa. Architecture. Classic. Pizza. Traditions. Sisters. Family. Feuds. Forgiveness. Acceptance.
Emily Price earns a living fixing things, from vintage espresso machines to priceless works of art. When she meets her employer's brother; an handsome, nearly-larger-than-life Italian chef Benito Vassallo, she may have unknowingly given her heart to a man whose family fractures run too deep to restore. For in trying, she might lose what she never wants to replace.
Enjoy this fine story by Katherine Reay, which is as beautifully written as a masterpiece is painted.
Ms. Reay has a way of reaching into your soul and finding things that you didn't know where there. Struggles that you may have had with God or with yourself or with those around you. She makes them real, helps you deal with them, and know that you weren't alone in dealing with them. It's almost scary sometimes how easy it is for her to get into my head and teach me something when I least expect it. She forces me to deal with issues without forcing them, but just by talking about them in a way that is relatable. I have discovered that it is impossible to read a book by Katherine Reay and not come away changed for the better. I truly hope you enjoy this gem, and that you pass it along to everyone you know. Oh, and be sure to have Italian food on hand, trust me, you will need it.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*
But the story starts state side, where art restorer Emily can fix any damaged or aged art work to it’s former glory - even better than it was originally. But if only life could be so easy. Meeting Chef Benito, who is out from his native Italy helping his family run restaurant changes the course of her life forever.
A whirlwind romance ensues - and Emily finds herself newly married and winging her way across the ocean to Italy to meet the parents and the rest of the extended large Italian family. To say this is a culture shock is a gross understatement. What ensues will test Emily’s love and devotion to her new husband as his family (some more than others) struggle allow her into the fold.
I loved A Portrait of Emily Price - with it’s subtle nodes to Austin’s Emma, Katherine Reay has again modernised and created the charm and brilliance of the Austin novels as she has done previously. The vivid descriptions of both Italian food and country side zing off the page.
A brilliant tale to be enjoyed more than once - like a good Italian pasta.
I love Katherine Reay books and A Portrait of Emily Price is no exception. I couldn't put this book down. There were mysteries in this book that kept me guessing which doesn't happen for me often. The only thing I had a hard time with is how quickly and how hard Emily and Ben feel in love. It's not that I dint believe in love at first sight, I just had a hard time believing their love was real for a good portion of the book. I still highly recommend this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Art restorer Emily Price and Italian chef Ben Vassallo are both visiting Atlanta when they meet and quickly fall in love.Read more