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A Portrait of Emily Price, by Katherine Reay
Sparks fly when art restorer Emily Price and Italian chef Benito Hillam meet in Atlanta. Ben proposes, and Emily accompanies him home to Italy. But it isn't easy adjusting to a new country---and long-hidden family secrets open old wounds. Can Emily find her place in Ben's world, or will her time there become just another memory?
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she cant fixuntil 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 Pricefix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artistdreams 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 Vassallos relentless pursuit proves hard to resist. Visiting from Italy, Ben works to breathe new life into his aunt and uncles faded restaurant, Piccollo. Soon after their first meeting, he works to win Emily as wellinviting her into his world and into his heart.
Emily astonishes everyone when she accepts Bens 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 Bens tightly knit family. Only Bens father, Lucio, gives Emily the understanding she needs to lay down her guard. Soon, Emilys life and art begin to blossom, and Italys beauty and rhythm take hold of her spirit.
Yet when she unearths long-buried family secrets, Emily wonders if she really fits into Bens 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?
Katherine Reay has enjoyed a lifelong affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporarieswho 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 online at KatherineReay.com; Facebook: KatherineReayBooks; Twitter: @Katherine_Reay.
'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 readers heart and wont let go.'