The Brushstroke Legacy   -     By: Lauraine Snelling
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The Brushstroke Legacy

Random House / 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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1578567890
ISBN-13: 9781578567898

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Forbidden. Hidden. Denied. Can art be powerful enough to endure?

Ragni Clauson’s work, relationships, and body all seem to be falling apart. And she isn’t convinced that spending her vacation fixing up her great-grandmother’s 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, Ragni’s ancestor who lived in the cabin in the early 1900s. Ragni doesn’t 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 Nilda’s passion for enduring art re-ignite Ragni’s 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.

Author Bio

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

Editorial Reviews

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 woman’s 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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  1. Madera CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 6, 2009
    Norma Jantzen
    Madera CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Sometimes we need a whole new perspective on our lives, and Ragni's experience provided just that avenue--Erika's, too. Sometimes I too would love to be able to "get into the heads" if the great grandmothers I never knew. As the grandmother of young adult grandchildren, maybe I should think about writing for them.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 20, 2009
    Linda Witte
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Could not put it down. I would love to see a 2nd book on the life of Erika.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 30, 2008
    Linda Tucker
    this was a beautiful love story-i enoyed it alot--i have most of lauraine's books and will always look for new ones as they come out--
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 16, 2008
    Katrina Wilson
    This was such a great read! I really enjoyed how Lauraine Snelling in able to capture a picture and reconstruct it in your head. I could completely see Erika's "looks" that she gave Ragni and the intense colour and passion Ragni put into her painting. It's a real story of family issues, secrets, betrayal and ultimately healing and love. A must read!!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 19, 2006
    Ragni is fed up with her advertising job in Chicago. She's also frustrated that her dad has Alzheimer's making life for her mother extremely difficult. She also has to put up with her older sister complaining about her teenage niece going through a rebellious period. When her spa vacation is cut short due her mother wanting her to look at some old family property in North Dakota, Ragni and her niece Erika set out on a road trip. Their relationship gets off to a rocky start due their differences as they grew apart. When they get to the house, it's in shambles and they have to work together to try to fix out. Out of their normal elements, the two soon find remnants of their ancestor Nilda who left her artistic touch around the house and in both of them. The story flips between Ragni's story and Nilda's, who was a housekeeper who came with her daughter to work for a man out west.This was good compelling story. I love all of Lauraine Snelling books and this one disappoint. Ragni is your everday career woman who needs to take a break from work. Erika is the rebellious teenager who wants everyone to leave her alone. The two are forced to get along and it is interesting to see how their relationship changes throughout the story. I liked the going back and forth between Ragni's and Nilda's stories. Nilda's story reminded me Janette Oke's Love Come Softly. Very sweet and frontier-like. The only thing I wondered was it didn't seem like Ragni knew about Nilda's story. I didn't see her reading a diary or hearing old stories from her mother. So I dont' know if Ragni and Erika knew the whole story about why she lived in the house. The two though are reconnected with each other and their own selves after seeing their ancestor's paintings. It was cool to read about Ragni's inspirations and urges to want to paint. I really enjoyed this book. Who knew North Dakota could be such a scenic and adventurous place?
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