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The Brushstroke Legacy
Random House, Inc / 2006 / Paperback
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Everything else in her life may be crumbling, but Ragni's determined to restore her great-grandmother's cabin in the Badlands. Working with her rebellious teenage niece, Erika, she begins to uncover the art---and life---of Nilda, the family matriarch. How can Ragni and Erika have so much in common with someone who lived in the 1900s? 384 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
Forbidden. Hidden. Denied. Can art be powerful enough to endure?
Ragni Clausons work, relationships, and body all seem to be falling apart. And she isnt convinced that spending her vacation fixing up her great-grandmothers cabin and supervising her rebellious teenage niece, Erika, will offer any much-needed rejuvenation.
As Ragni and Erika clean, they begin to uncover the secret paintings and life of Nilda, Ragnis ancestor who lived in the cabin in the early 1900s. Ragni doesnt know how much she has in common with her great-grandmother, but it becomes clear Nilda faced her own struggles. Taking care of home and menfolk, fighting off locusts, raising her daughter, and finding time to paint in the midst of it all were not easy tasks. Will Nildas passion for enduring art re-ignite Ragnis artistic soul a century later?
Weaving together the stories of three generations of women, The Brushstroke Legacy stirs us to believe that no matter the circumstances, we are called to use our gifts never knowing when they might bring a stranger to a new place of hope.
Lauraine Snelling has published over fifty books, including The Healing Quilt, The Way of Women, and Saturday Morning. The recipient of the Silver Angel Award and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart, Lauraine teaches at writers’ conferences across the country and at her home in the California Tehachapi Mountains. She and husband, Wayne, have two grown sons and a Basset Hound named Chewy.
In her latest novel, The Brushstroke Legacy, author Lauraine Snelling shares a passionate story of love and faith that transcends three generations of women. Ragni suddenly finds herself headed to her great-grandmother's cabin on the Little Missouri, to take care of some long overdue repairs with her iPod-addicted, goth-wearing, sulking teenage niece. As Ragni and her niece, Erika, who both love art, begin work on the cabin they discover the beautiful art of their great-grandmother, Nilda that had been a secret.
Author Lauraine Snelling weaves back and forth between these three generations of women as each chapter reveals their personal heartaches and triumphs. The Brushstroke Legacy allows the reader to compare life as we know it with how it was lived back in 1906. Snelling gives us another compassionate novel about women overcoming odds and who found their outlet in art. Both women desire to use their gifts no matter the circumstances.
As Ragni and Erica work together to repair the cabin they go back in time to their shared history and learn that what separates them is not as great as what binds them together. Snelling also brings in romance and marriage for Nilda and Ragni which enriched their lives and also gives us more interest in this compelling story! <
The Brushstroke Legacy is a wonderful read for those of us who love historical and contemporary fiction alike. This is an unforgettable story of life, love, and legacy, sustained in three generations of women. It is an inspirational book for women to look back and forward to the generations and what our own legacy can and will be. Highly Recommended. Judy Vipperman, Christian Book Previews.com
Praise for The Brushstroke Legacy
"The Brushstroke Legacy is Lauraine Snelling at her best. Snelling paints a rich tapestry of setting and characters that pull the reader into the story immediately. An engrossing story!"
Colleen Coble, author of Fire Dancer
"With deft strokes, Lauraine Snelling pens a story of one womans discovery of self...and the ties that bind generations of women together. The characters of The Brushstroke Legacy will live on in your heart long after you reach the final page."
Carol Cox, author of Ticket to Tomorrow
"Lauraine Snelling has once again proven why she is the beloved author of so many wonderful works of fiction. She has woven the past with the present in a heartstirring fashion."
Eva Marie Everson, co-author of The Potluck Club Series
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