A beguiling painting holds the secrets of a womans past and calls into question everything she thought she knew about the man she loved Nearly sixty years ago, renowned London artist Patrick Adams painted his most famous work: a portrait of his beloved Emma Temple, a fellow bohemian with whom he shared his life. Years after Patricks death, ninety-year-old Emma still has the painting hanging over her bed at their country home as a testament to their love.To Emmas granddaughter, Laura, the portrait is also a symbol of so much to come. The masterpiece is serving as collateral to pay Lauras tuition at a prestigious music school. Then the impossible happens when an appraiser claims the painting is a fraud. For Laura, the accusation jeopardizes her future. For Emma, it casts doubt on everything she believed about her relationship with Patrick. Laura is determined to prove that Patrick did indeed paint the portrait. Both her grandmothers and Patricks legacies are worth fighting for.As the stories of two women entwine, its time for Emma to summon up the pasteven at the risk of revealing its unspoken secrets....
|Title||:||The Things We Don't Say|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||303 pages|
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The Things We Don't Say Reviews
This was a bit of a slow-burn to start with, and it wasn't really until almost halfway through the book that I really started to enjoy the story. However, then it soared and I could see everything so clearly. It would make a great film! The sense of place, time and character all came together as an enchanting whole. The "detangling" was satisfying and it all came to the right conclusion, I felt. Most enjoyable. I will be looking out for more of Ella Carey's writing.
Kindle First Reads - June 2018 ($10 Hardcover)
In 1923, renowned British painter Patrick Adams painted a portrait of his beloved friend, Emma Temple. Both painters were members of The Circle, a group of writers and artists headquartered in Bloomsbury who lived in an almost Utopian society. Patrick gives the portrait to Emma and she has it hung over her bed for more than sixty years. Flash forward to 1980 and Emma has used the portrait, now very famous and valuable, as collateral for a loan to allow her granddaughter Laura to study violin at ...more
An emotional journey of everlasting love! When faced with the possibility that something she believed to be true might have been far fetched, a woman travels through her memories to recall the love story that defined her life. Going back and forth between present time and the past, we learn about the life that Emma lived and watch her granddaughter try to secure the truth for her. The characters are well developed and the storyline is intriguing. We are left wondering until the very end what tru ...more
I loved the stories of these two women and how one's past affected the other's future. I've seen some say that they couldn't connect with Laura and her panic, but that wasn't the case for me. I've been where everything I wanted was within reach, just to have it ripped away. Sometimes life can be a cruel mistress. I will admit that Emma's side of the story entranced me a bit more than Laura's, but both were sides worth reading. I knew the book had me firmly in its grasp when I cried at t ...more
I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis looked interesting and was about the Bloomsbury group of artists and intellectuals so I was looking forward to reading more about them. Unfortunately, although I liked the idea of it and even the plot, I did not like the finished product at all.
It started really powerfully with a housekeeper destroying a newspaper, which is pretty interesting. The first couple of chapters found good ways of introducing back story although even there they tended to ...more
Air and dust
My mind kept trying to blow the dust from these characters, the landscapes and the scenes. To no avail, the characters seemed preternaturally flat. The helplessness of Emma, and the panic of Laura were baffling. Oddly, neither England nor France seemed recognizable. Perhaps because the book had no joy, no happiness and no life in it.
I have to admit I didn't have high hopes for this book. It was a Kindle First monthly offering, and I only chose it, because I had no interest in the others. It was the title that really put me off at first. I have become wary of navel-gazing, pseudo-philosophical literary fiction, with all of their overdone prose and beating the reader over the head with the author's 'perfect metaphor of life/tragedy/loss/whatever.' They all have names like (and I'm not sure how many of these I've actually read ...more