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 ...
|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
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
At first I didn't think I was going to like this but in the end, I did find it interesting and had a hard time putting it down. I think it is worth the read!
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
I really enjoyed the plot and characters in this book. I love books about painters and the creation of art and this book was fulfilling in that aspect. My one complaint: the book felt a little long in places, mostly in descriptive passages in the modern day. In places I was thinking " ok, yes, we get it ... Time to move on". The ending was satisfying however so overall I'd recommend this book.
The story fluctuates between Emma’s college days and present. At 25%, it’s still held no interest. The “promise” to me is the secrets mentioned in the synopsis. I had hoped there’d be some build-up because this is a real snore fest but no, nothing, causing me to give up at 71%.
I am not an 'artsy' person and when I first started into this book I began wondering about its relevance for me. I am, however, open-minded and so I determined that I would continue reading with an open mind. I'm glad that I did. Although art may be the back-drop of the novel, the true source of the inspiration for the story is love, family, and how lives are interwoven. "No entity is entirely separate from the rest" .....all things are a part of the others.
I liked the beginning and the ending but the middle bogged down for me.
The story centers around the provenance of a painting that's been used as collateral for a loan. For some reason, during the course of the loan, a museum has asked to use the painting in an exhibit. I'm not sure why Emma agreed to lend the painting to them. In the course of events, the museum sends someone (Ewan) to authenticate the painting. His report to them that the artist who painted it is not who they think it is makes ...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