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A Portrait of Emily Price [Paperback]

By Katherine Reay (Author)
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Katherine Reay's newest novel, A Portrait of Emily Price, transports readers to Italy where one woman will learn what it means to be truly free.
Emily Price, art restorer and would-be artist, finds herself in Atlanta, restoring objects recovered from a house fire. As she strives to make all the pieces of her life fit, she finds herself enthralled by Chef Benito Hillam, who is in town from Italy visiting his brother Joseph, Emily’s boss. Ben spends his time working to restore his aunt and uncle’s restaurant and wooing to Emily. When she surprises herself and accepts his marriage proposal, Emily follows Ben home to Italy.
Emily is transported into a new world, but instead of allowing Italy to change her, she tries to change Italy, alienating Ben’s tight-knit Italian family in the process—everyone, that is, except Ben’s father, Henry. The elderly man takes Emily under his wing, and she begins to transform, growing wings as Italy’s beauty begins to take hold of her spirit, and her art and life begin to blossom.
But when long-hidden family secrets are unearthed and past hurts become fresh again, Emily is left to wonder whether she really fits into Ben’s world. Will the lessons of Italy become just a memory to Emily, or will she embrace the freedom and beauty that her life with Ben has shown her is possible?

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Pages   355
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2016
ISBN  0718077911  
ISBN13  9780718077914  


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More About Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. After earning degrees in history and marketing from Northwestern University, she worked as a marketer for Proctor & Gamble and Sears before returning to school to earn her MTS. Her works have been published in "Focus on the Family" and the "Upper Room." Katherine currently lives with her husband and three children in Seattle. "Dear Mr. Knightley" is her first novel.

Katherine Reay was born in 1970.

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1Christian Books > Fiction > Contemporary Christian > Contemporary Romance
2Christian Books > Fiction > Contemporary Christian > Contemporary Women
3Christian Books > Fiction > Romance > Contemporary Romance
4Christian Books > Fiction > Womens Fiction
5Christian Fiction > Contemporary Christian
6Christian Fiction > Romance
7Christian Fiction > Women



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Bene! Bene!  Apr 25, 2017
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay was a nice, slow comfort read. Like Reay’s other books, this one had quite a few literary references along with several interesting facts about art restoration and rich scenes of Italy. The story follows art restorer and master of all fixing-upper, Emily Price on a journey of self-realization as she falls in love and learns how to deal with her family, both her sister and her in-laws. The characters were very real and warm- or cold, in the case of the mother-in-law, who was one of my favorite characters- and all very alive as they interacted with each other. I was especially interested in the mystery that had torn several family members away from each other, and the way it unfolded. This story is a must-read for anyone looking for something a bit slower paced and a bit foodie.
I received a copy of this book for free through the Fiction Guild. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
 
Families Put Us Through Gamut of Emotions...  Jan 12, 2017
Family ties bind. They also gag. In a Portrait of Emily Price, the big question seems to be how all the different relationships will support or sabotage Emily's chance at an exciting new life.

Emily sets out for a new start as an art restorer in Atlanta, but is swept off her feet into an avalanche of a romance. This upends her life and pushes her pell-mell into a different life than she expected. When reality sets in, Emily must decide who she is and where she belongs.

Reay writes in such a style to carry the reader along with almost wild abandon, then dismay, then melancholy and shock. All this is affected as the reader easily empathizes with Emily's predicaments and feels her emotions as his/her own. Reay leads the reader back and forth through the gamut of emotional turmoil, and it took me a while after finishing to return to inner equilibrium.

What I would have liked to have seen in the book would be a stronger emphasis on faith. While faith is mentioned, neither it nor prayer seem to play a major role in characters' decisions.

This was a fun read, and provided to me as a complimentary copy by the publisher and NetGalley. I have freely chosen to leave my own, unbiased opinion.
 
Family Restoration  Jan 11, 2017
What an astonishing book I just read. The story is so emotional, exciting, breathtaking and filled with history I had to read it all the way through to the end. It is not easy yo put down a book that is so expertly written. I learned a lot about Italy through the eyes of the author. She captured the beauty of the land and people with brilliant words that painted a picture of pure beauty. I loved the food that was described and could smell the pasta cooking on the stove. This is one story that will stay with you for years to come. The story has captured the meaning of family in such a way that it has left me emotional but filled with hope.

Emily has a gift that many admire. She can reconstruct things and make them beautiful again. I found her work to be fascinating and the author described her work with great detail. I wanted to watch Emily work and listen to her as she brought something that had been destroyed back to life. As she is working on a family's home she finds out that she is going to be out of a job. Her chance meeting with Ben was mesmerizing and enchanting. Ben has come from Italy to help his family's restaurant out. Ben has everything going for him with his good looks, being a master chef and Italian. Who could resist this man of many talents.

Joseph is Ben's brother and has been doing his best to keep the business going. There is definitely some friction between the brothers but Emily can't figure out what it is. Emily has started to help do some restoration in the restaurant and help Joseph out. I loved how they both shared the same interest in art and their talks were fascinating.

I was a bit surprised when Ben suddenly asks Emily to marry him. They had only known each other for two weeks. She had plans to stay and work with Joseph. Ben's charm was to hard to resist and off she goes to get married. When they reach Italy I'm sure she was overwhelmed with what she had just done? Was she to impulsive? Will Ben's family accept her?


The story is so much more than restoring paintings and old relics. It's a look at a family that has been torn apart by something that happened a long time ago. Emily is not easily accepted by Ben's family , especially his mother. She is cold and distant. I loved Ben's father and found him to be so enduring and lovable. What is the secret that broke the family apart? Why won't Joseph come home to visit his family?


The author shows us through the eyes of Emily, brokenness , anger, unforgiveness and rediscovery. Her art captures each element and opens hearts that have hardened by pain and shunning. There is a part in the story about a painting that has long been covered up. The biblical reference is unmistakably the most powerful part of the story. The painting depicts a time when sin was thrown upon a woman that almost destroyed her. How this story is reflected back to Ben's family is emotional and I loved how the author used it to show how shame and guilt can cause someone to become bitter. What is the significance of this painting to the family? Can it bring healing and hope ? Can Joseph forgive the past and reconcile before it is to late? I kept thinking of "Beauty from ashes." Our lives may seem like they are in ashes and there is no hope, but God sees the beauty and gives us hope, joy and restoration.

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my honest review.
 
Another winner from Katherine Reay!  Dec 24, 2016
This is the second book I’ve read by Katherine Reay. What a talented storyteller! She has a unique voice and sets a scene that is so easy to sink into.

A Portrait of Emily Price takes place in both Georgia and Italy. Being from the south, and having visited Italy twice, I was able to visualize every scene, taste every dish, and breath in the fragrant baked breads. The story begins in Atlanta, but came alive for me once it moved on to Italy. Thought the town is a work of fiction, it fits so well with the Italy I’ve come to know—the people, the insane driving, walled cities, and narrow passageways.

It was that, that drive to fix what was broken, that resonated with me. ~excerpt

Just as in Ms. Reay’s first book, Dear Mr. Knightley, these characters are fleshed out nicely. Even though there are different families, cultures, etc. I was never confused as to who was who, or who was where. And the artwork that is described is incredible. I know little about art and painting, but feel like I’ve watched masterpieces being restored. And the cooking, an art form itself, makes me yearn to make my own pasta and experiment with Italian recipes.

"She says some things can't be fixed. We just have to endure them." ~excerpt

No story is complete without growth, understanding, and love, and this book satisfies beautifully. Emily is easy to sympathize with, Ben is an Italian stallion with a heart of gold, and their families aren’t without major flaws, but I loved each one in different ways. I love everyone’s different views of life and love, and I hope their stories don’t end here. Some of the secondary characters, namely Francesca (Ben’s sister) or Joseph (Ben’s brother) deserve stories of their own.

Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 368
Pace: Steady/fast
First Lines: Piccolo. The restaurant matched its name—a tiny and delicate white stucco building with a short, neat brick walk leading from its front door to the parking lot.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.
 
Travel with Emily and find yourself  Nov 22, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay, © 2016

A restorer's job was never to enhance, simply reveal.
--A Portrait of Emily Price, 22.

My review:
A new town, a new project, my same tools ~ trustworthy in my hands. A life uncovered to restore. Drawn in, I am enhanced. My ready impression of Emily; alive, aware, feeling, quietly and astutely studying all about her. After a fire, restoration begins ahead of her arrival ~ the barebone basics ready for her fine touch and renewal with lives revealed in the gatherings.

Helping another, and finding yourself.

...restoration work was like a sophisticated paint-by-number exercise. Great skill meant you stayed in the lines and matched your colors, textures, and viscosity to perfection.
--Ibid., 53.

Life happens as you continue at what you know. Filled in lines with happiness and joy from succession forward.

I like how Emily is able to space her time ~ knowing when to stop to go to the next cycle of grace. She is beyond what appears and sees into the heart of another ~ their memories, and their goals to hold on to what they have known to be able to advance to where the next step takes them. Life. Forward.

Benchmark places. Recording now to a place in the future you will look back on. I succeeded there and can go forward here. So beautiful to see Brooke with eyes of hope ~ the young girl within.

~ restoration ~ It was a field based on the finite nature of any work––a work already in existence.
--Ibid., 91.

A dream and a melody. Ben and Joseph, brothers so different yet so near, yearning for respect and care from each other though many hours apart. Dreams in action, formidable to touch without an interloper willing to stand between to interpret their visions into actions.

Emily has a trip ahead of her, and in turn, may find more of herself exposed, revealing a discovery closest to her heart.

***Thank you, author Katherine Reay for a special story and Thomas Nelson for sending a review copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
 

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