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The Very Picture of You: A Novel Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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Advance praise for The Very Picture of You
“A captivating, seductive view into the thoughts of an open-minded portrait artist….This novel reflects how beauty exists in all facets of life, especially in people.” —Romantic Times Book Reviews
“Wolff’s heroine is an excellent conduit to understanding how art can reflect the true essence of those being depicted, while the story delivers all the charm and romance readers have come to expect.” —Publishers Weekly
“The Very Picture of You is a funny, poignant story about the relationships that shape who we are. Isabel Wolff writes about how staying true to ourselves ultimately gives us the things we want the very most. A thoroughly enjoyable read.”—Darien Gee, author of Friendship Bread
“Engrossing, warm, and downright delightful, The Very Picture of You is the story of an artist named Ella who does more than paint portraits—she also uncovers the secrets her subjects are keeping close. Ella is a sympathetic and textured character, one readers will cheer for as she gathers the courage to untangle the big mystery in her own past.”—Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Opposite of Me
“Isabel Wolff has done it again! The Very Picture of You is absolutely charming. You’ll root for Ella, the engaging heroine, and find yourself wishing you could sit for one of her portraits.”—Whitney Gaskell, author of When You Least Expect It
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I needed a a fun beach read, and after reading vintage and loving decided to give this book a try . I enjoyed the relationships the main character develops with all her clients as... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
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 7 months 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 12 months ago by Jody
(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 16 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