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?
Mrs. Katherine is quite the author! With beautiful covers and classy stories full of romance and lessons, she has 3 published books, her 4th releasing November 1st! I’ve only read Dear Mr. Knightley besides this one. (read my review for that book here.)
I was absolutely delighted when I saw she was rounding up readers for a launch team! I applied, FINALLY received the book, and, I have to say, was a tad bit disappointed.
Before you stop reading this review or come to the conclusion that I’m speaking negative against the author, please keep reading!
This was certainly not like her other book….It had a different attitude….Almost like she had a different writing style while writing this. I had read around 20 pages in, and was put off by the insta-love. I didn’t like how some things were rushed…I found some scenes dull, and honestly not super committed to the characters…Or so I thought…
Cue major plot twist-it was a game changer!
I quickly discovered the true intricacies, the vibrant characters, and the devotion I had to the story. I guess sometimes we forget that this author could’ve wanted to portray something different than than another book, or maybe something in her life was different then than it is now. Author’s lives/writing/mind/experiences go through changes just like ours do!
A Portrait Of Emily Price is set in Montevello, Italy, a place of appetite, loyalty, relationships and art. I enjoyed the scenery described…..If there’s one thing Katherine Reay does well, that’s visual depiction! Of course, Italian nature and food is vibrant, rich, full and delicious to focus on, and she captures its attitude!
I really liked it. The lessons were also cool!
Emily learned about imperfection, and while I won’t spoil it, her desire to fix things messed up her surroundings a couple times!
Although I hate to say it, I have to for the younger readers out there….There is some kissing…Well, a lot. There’s a couple very light references as well…..Just use caution!
Overall, this book was a very interesting read, and though not nearly as impact-full as Dear Mr. Knightley, I still recommend it! Very good summer read. :-)
~By His Grace,
LET’S CLICK ON ALL THE LINKS:
- Katherine’s website.
- her Facebook author page.
- buy A Portrait Of Emily Price here.
- buy Dear Mr. Knightley here.
- buy Lizzy and Jane here.
- buy The Bronte Plot here.
- Katherine’s Instagram account.
- her Twitter account, her GoodReads author page.
p.s. aren’t these covers so beautiful????