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A Portrait of Emily Price

Katherine Reay
A Portrait of Emily Price

Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she can't fix--until she meets Ben, an Italian chef, who seems just right. But when Emily follows Ben home to Italy, she learns that his family is another matter . . . Emily Price--fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-b... Read More

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Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she can't fix--until she meets Ben, an Italian chef, who seems just right. But when Emily follows Ben home to Italy, she learns that his family is another matter . . . Emily Price--fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist--dreams of having a gallery show of her own. There is no time for distractions, especially not the ultimate distraction of falling in love. But Chef Benito Vassallo's relentless pursuit proves hard to resist. Visiting from Italy, Ben works to breathe new life into his aunt and uncle's faded restaurant, Piccollo. Soon after their first meeting, he works to win Emily as well--inviting her into his world and into his heart. Emily astonishes everyone when she accepts Ben's proposal and follows him home. But instead of allowing the land, culture, and people of Monterello to transform her, Emily interferes with everyone and everything around her, alienating Ben's tightly knit family. Only Ben's father, Lucio, gives Emily the understanding she needs to lay down her guard. Soon, Emily's life and art begin to blossom, and Italy's beauty and rhythm take hold of her spirit. Yet when she unearths long-buried family secrets, Emily wonders if she really fits into Ben's world. Will the joys of Italy become just a memory, or will Emily share in the freedom and grace that her life with Ben has shown her are possible?
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Nov 1, 2016
  • UPC: 9780718077914
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publish Date: Nov 1, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 100
  • Audience Age Minimum: 18
  • Audience Gender: Gender Neutral
  • BISAC: "FIC027020"
  • ISBN: 0718077911

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Families Put Us Through Gamut of Emotions by Babbling Becky L on 1/12/2017
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Family ties bind. They also gag. In a Portrait of Emily Price, the big question seems to be how all the different relationships will support or sabotage Emily's chance at an exciting new life.

Emily sets out for a new start as an art restorer in Atlanta, but is swept off her feet into an avalanche of a romance. This upends her life and prushes her pell-mell into a different life than she expected. When reality sets in, Emily must decide who she is and where she belongs.

Reay writes in such a style to carry the reader along with almost wild abandon, then dismay, then melancholy and shock. All this is affected as the reader easily empathizes with Emily's predicaments and feels her emotions as his/her own. Reay leads the reader back and forth through the gamut of emotional turmoil, and it took me a while after finishing to return to inner equilibrium.

What I would have liked to have seen in the book would be a stronger emphasis on faith. While faith is mentioned, neither it nor prayer seem to play a major role in characters' decisions.

This was a fun read, and provided to me as a complimentary copy by the publisher and NetGalley. I have freely chosen to leave my own, unbiased opinion.

Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of A Portrait of Emily Price by Amanda on 12/18/2016
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Art, literature, and fine Italian cuisine mingle in Katherine Reay’s most recent masterpiece A Portrait of Emily Price. Subtlety is Reay’s specialty and one of the reasons I believe Emily’s story will appeal to mainstream romance readers. Unless familiar with Thomas Nelson Publishing, a reader may not recognize this book as Christian fiction from the outset. Initially, I felt the deeper messages were reserved for the latter 2/3rds of the book, after Emily and Ben had reached Italy. However, upon a second reading, I was able to pick up more of the bread crumbs Reay lays down and noticed how they were aimed at defining joy. As Ben expresses so simply when he says, “…joy isn’t a feeling, it’s a truth.” Still, my heart was most captivated by the art restoration project Emily undertakes. As the hidden work emerges, so do the family’s long held secrets. Ben’s big Catholic family, Emily, and the reader all walk away with an unforgettable lesson about grace.

I received this book free of charge from the author. The opinions expressed are my own.

Travel with Emily and find yourself by Kathleen E. on 11/22/2016
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay, © 2016

A restorer's job was never to enhance, simply reveal.
--A Portrait of Emily Price, 22.

My review:
A new town, a new project, my same tools ~ trustworthy in my hands. A life uncovered to restore. Drawn in, I am enhanced. My ready impression of Emily; alive, aware, feeling, quietly and astutely studying all about her. After a fire, restoration begins ahead of her arrival ~ the barebone basics ready for her fine touch and renewal with lives revealed in the gatherings.

Helping another, and finding yourself.

...restoration work was like a sophisticated paint-by-number exercise. Great skill meant you stayed in the lines and matched your colors, textures, and viscosity to perfection.
--Ibid., 53.

Life happens as you continue at what you know. Filled in lines with happiness and joy from succession forward.

I like how Emily is able to space her time ~ knowing when to stop to go to the next cycle of grace. She is beyond what appears and sees into the heart of another ~ their memories, and their goals to hold on to what they have known to be able to advance to where the next step takes them. Life. Forward.

Benchmark places. Recording now to a place in the future you will look back on. I succeeded there and can go forward here. So beautiful to see Brooke with eyes of hope ~ the young girl within.

~ restoration ~ It was a field based on the finite nature of any work––a work already in existence.
--Ibid., 91.

A dream and a melody. Ben and Joseph, brothers so different yet so near, yearning for respect and care from each other though many hours apart. Dreams in action, formidable to touch without an interloper willing to stand between to interpret their visions into actions.

Emily has a trip ahead of her, and in turn, may find more of herself exposed, revealing a discovery closest to her heart.

***Thank you, author Katherine Reay for a special story and Thomas Nelson for sending a review copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***


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