When Noelle Cooke inherits a quaint English cottage and an art gallery from her famous Aunt Joy, she welcomes a departure from her San Diego routine. But the lure of the Cotswolds, combined with a locked cottage room and a revealing journal, entice her to stay and discover more, including a way to save the gallery from financial ruin. And that means remaining in England. When her childhood sweetheart, Adam Spencer, begins work on a restoration project in Noelle’s village, their friendship blossoms. But as her feelings for Adam deepen, she struggles with memories of what might have been and yearns for a future once thought lost. Faced with a life-altering revelation Aunt Joy took to her grave and a wrenching choice regarding the man she loves, Noelle could lose far more than her heart.
Traci Borum is a writing teacher and native Texan. She’s also an avid reader of women’s fiction, most especially Elin Hilderbrand and Rosamunde Pilcher novels. Since the age of 12, she’s written poetry, short stories, magazine articles, and novels.
Traci also adores all things British. She even owns a British dog (Corgi) and is completely addicted to Masterpiece Theater—must be all those dreamy accents! Aside from having big dreams of getting a book published, it’s the little things that make her the happiest: deep talks with friends, a strong cup of hot chocolate, a hearty game of fetch with her Corgi, and puffy white Texas clouds always reminding her to “look up, slow down, enjoy your life.”
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My Review –
I loved Painting the Moon. It was enchanting, romantic and adventurous. One of the only ways I can explain just how much I enjoyed the book and the author’s writing style (which I hope to read more of) is to use a few of my favorite quotes from the book. I’m sure you’ll agree once you’ve experience the writing.
…her aunt had proclaimed it the most beautiful sheep she had ever seen, and Noelle had believed her. They painted every summer after that. Noelle still heard the swishy brushstrokes, saw the easels side-by-side in the garden, smelled the blueberry scones Gram baked almost every day to set silently on a tray between them.
And during those lessons, Joy issued wise nuggets of advice, honed by years and years of artistic experience. Wisdom about technique, perspective, and texture – and life. Noelle always heard teh message between the lines, even at a young age, and knew Joy was talking about more than just a paintbrush or canvas. Noelle always thought Joy should write down her bits of artistic wisdom and maybe publish them someday.
…As much as you enjoy the rush of accomplishment, equally welcome the sting of frustration. Accept it as part of the process – that brush effect you can’t get “just right” or the failure to mix the colours the way your mind’s eye sees them. Without the frustration, we can’t fully enjoy the beauty of success.
…A painting offers immortality. When we put out colours onto the canvas, we put ourselves there. And as long as that painting stands, even a hundred years from now – whether in a stranger’s parlor, a loved one’s home, or even a museum – we exist.
…Use the darkness inside you – take something you long for, something out of reach, and look for it inside your painting, knowing you might not ever find it. Because that quest, that hunger, will translate into something raw and real.
There are so many more quotes that I outlined to go back and read. I loved the story and the writing. It was a book that made you forget the outside world and took you to a little place in England, to a hillside, and that is where you spend your time once you open the book.
I am looking forward to more stories about the little town and its wonderful people.
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