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A Portrait of Emily Price

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Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she can’t fix—until she meets Ben, an Italian chef, who seems just right. When Emily follows Ben home to Italy, she learns that his family, however, is another matter . . .
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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?

Contributor(s) Katherine Reay
About the Contributor(s) Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who 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 on line at katherinereay.com Facebook: katherinereaybooks Twitter: @Katherine_Reay

ISBN-10 0718077911
ISBN-13 9780718077914
Publish Date Nov 1, 2016
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.30
Width 5.48
Length 368
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Teresa from Mama Muse Me Blog
Overall Rating
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay is a great story about a woman who never makes impulsive decisions – except for when she marries the wonderful Italian chef that she just met on a recent work trip and then moves to his home country with him. Emily is a character who is good at putting together what is broken, whether what’s broken is a family relationship or a piece of art that she is tasked with restoring for work. Instead of just restoring the work of others, Emily ends up making art of her own; she also learns that some family relationships and hurts are so deep and difficult to understand that they cannot be easily mended. This is the second Reay book that I have read. The other one was Lizzie and Jane, also a great novel that I recommend. Reay explores sister relationships in both books, but A Portrait of Emily Price brings romance and captures the all of the senses with descriptions of a beautiful Italian village. I felt like I was visiting the little Italian village along with Emily, going through the ups and downs of figuring out her identity in a new country. I was amazed by how descriptive Reay was about even little elements of the book like going truffle hunting and learning to navigate the narrow roads. I don’t read Christian fiction very often, but I like Reay’s stories because they have depth and substance along with a Christian world view that comes through in subtle, not contrived ways. I was sent this novel by Book Look Bloggers in return for my honest review. (Posted on 11/21/2016)
Review by Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Overall Rating
Ms. Reay’s newest novel, A Portrait of Emily Price, follows the adventures of the title character as she travels to Atlanta for her job as an insurance restoration specialist. Along the way, she meets Ben Vassallo, an Italian chef determined to revitalize his aunt and uncle’s restaurant. Ben and Emily bond over his project, even as they both realize that they must soon return to their respective homes. They instead decide to marry and travel to Ben’s hometown in Italy. Although Emily has made a name for herself due to ability to “fix” nearly anything, she soon discovers that the challenges Ben faces at home cannot be easily mended. While historic buildings and works of art may be able to be restored, Emily realizes that the impending death of her father-in-law will open new wounds, even as he attempts to resolve family disputes in his last days. Emily’s attempts to help are met with disdain, particularly by her mother-in-law. When she is given the chance to return home to the United States, she must choose between her old life and the foreign land that has captured her heart.

A Portrait of Emily Price reaches across volumes of classical literature to explore the growth of a compelling set of fascinating characters. The title character makes her mark in a new country, even as her husband’s family teaches her lessons of faith and restoration.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading A Portrait of Emily Price. Ms. Reay masterfully captures the spirit of classic authors, while writing a captivating story that serves as fascinating literature in its own right. Readers will be absolutely riveted by Emily’s world of history and art restoration, while Ben’s Italian family and home serve as an intriguing and unforgettable backdrop for the novel’s events. Within an expertly-written book, Ms. Reay’s descriptions of the art and the artistic process of her characters stand out as some of the most enthralling depictions in the novel. Even as this year’s selection of novels winds to a close, Ms. Reay’s novel holds a unique place in the Christian contemporary fiction genre, standing out even among the fiction genre at large.

Special thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the advanced copy of A Portrait of Emily Price!

Thanks!
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog

PS. To see the full review, please visit http://booksandbiscuits.com/blog/2016/11/08/review-the-portrait-of-emily-price-katherine-reay/. Thanks!
(Posted on 11/8/2016)

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