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Can forgiveness be found in Painter Place?

About the Book:

Title: Painter Place

Author: Pamela Poole

Genre: Women’s Christian Fiction/Contemporary Christian Romance

In June of 1985, Caroline Painter’s uncle whisks her away from her island home at Painter Place to film an art video in the harbor village of Mevagissey. But instead of clearing her head, the young artist becomes entangled in adventure on the English Channel when she influences a rock star’s contract and the media launches her into fame. When she returns home, she discovers a shattering secret that makes her question everything in her life. Can she trust the only one who says he understands?

Book Review:

Painter Place is absolutely gorgeous in its detail rich descriptions. With her artistic eye, Pamela Poole knows her canvas and she describes it with vibrant colors. The 80s timeframe caught my attention and brought a little something different to the scene while allowing the book to remain relevant.

There are quite a few characters in Painter Place. It did take me a few chapters before I had a handle on who everyone was and their place in the story. But having so many characters wasn’t a detriment, it added additional layers to Caroline’s story and allowed for deeper reflection in the forgiveness storyline.

Bit by bit, Caroline’s story is revealed until we eventually have the whole picture. The author did a good job with not overloading the unveiling, she allowed it to happen with a natural flow that accentuated the story and ensures the reader will remain captive to the story.

I did find the writing as more omnipotent than true third-person, and that took some getting used to. Once I came to expect it though, the result wasn’t as jarring. There’s also a good deal of telling instead of showing throughout the reading, but again, once I came to expect it, I didn’t mind much.

By far, my favorite part of the writing was the strong Christian elements. Caroline Painter’s family have a strong faith and a solid Christian foundation. This is seen throughout the book without fail, and I applaud Pamela Poole’s ability to keep such a strong element going. Despite Caroline being faced with challenge after challenge, she keeps a strong faith and uses the knowledge she has gained through her Christianity to work through the trials and find a way to forgive those who she believes have betrayed her.

I would recommend this book for anyone who loves a richly detailed contontemporary romance with a strong Christain theme. You’ll not be disappointed.

I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Author Bio:

Pamela Poole’s love for the South inspires all her books and paintings. She has written three novels and two short stories that take place on the fictional island in the Painter Place Saga, and she will launch the fourth book in 2019. Pamela is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and various author and artist organizations. She and her husband Mark live in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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“A young artist’s life is upended by a shattering secret”

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