A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay (review by Cathy)

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About the book:

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 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?

My review:

I loved the premise of this book.  The career paths of both Emily with her art restoration and Ben being a chef.  That appealed to me and what drew my interest.  The fact that I like the authors writing was another deciding factor.

I didn’t connect with either Emily or Ben unfortunately. I was surprised at just how fast the relationship progressed and how fast Emily accepted his proposal, the speediness of her move to Italy.   I guess I just wanted a slower build up to their romance.

I’m probably one of the few people who didn’t love the book, and felt it fell a little too flat.

I received a copy of the book from Book Look Bloggers and have given my honest opinion.

 

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