A Portrait of Emily Price

A Portrait of Emily Price

Katherine Reay / Apr 09, 2020
A Portrait of Emily Price 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 howev
  • Title: A Portrait of Emily Price
  • Author: Katherine Reay
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  • Page: 279
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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 .Emily Price fix it girl extraordinaire and would be artist finds herself in Atlanta, repairing objects damaged in a house fire As she works to resArt 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 .Emily Price fix it girl extraordinaire and would be artist finds herself in Atlanta, repairing objects damaged in a house fire As she works to restore the home and dreams of one family, she strives to keep the pieces of her own life in perfect order and secure her own happy ending 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 reconnect with his brother and breathe new life into his aunt and uncle s faded restaurant, Piccolo And 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 Upon landing in Rome, she is enchanted with Italy But instead of allowing the land, culture and people to transform her, Emily imposes her will upon 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
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      • Katherine Reay

        Katherine Reay has lived all across the country and Europe and has just moved with her family to Chicago She is a writer, wife, mom, runner, and, most randomly, a tae kwon do black belt Her award winning debut novel, Dear Mr Knightley, is a contemporary story with a dash of Jane Austen and other nineteenth century writers thrown in for the fun of it Her subsequent novels, Lizzy Jane and The Bronte Plot and A Portrait of Emily Price feature stories of hope, reconciliation, family, some seriously good food and travel.


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    1. Just because something is broken doesn t mean it s not beautiful Emily Price is an art restorer, and a very talented one, at that If something is broken, Emily is going to do everything in her power not only to fix it, but to make it even beautiful than it was before, because fixing things is just what she does But when Emily falls in love and extends that I can fix it attitude to include her husband s Italian family, chaos ensues.I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so than any of Reay s books sin [...]


    2. Some books I devour, some books I savor This is an absolutely lovely book to savor It took me a few days to read it because I was feeling every word The writing flows with a beautiful cadence that was soothing even with some of the drama and heartache the characters were experiencing I found that the two settings of Atlanta and Italy, the descriptions of Ben s Italian cooking, and the details of Emily s art restoration and painting fascinated me and brought a unique vibe of contrasts that comple [...]


    3. A Portrait of Emily Price is Katherine Reay at her best The tone and main character are reminiscent of Dear Mr Knightley, the realistic situations akin to Lizzy and Jane, and the international aspect nods to The Bronte Plot I was happy to see her return to the overall tone that she brought readers in Dear Mr Knightley Though they were very different characters, Emily s first person voice had me enchanted in the same way that I was with Sam While the family situations were complex, there is a bea [...]


    4. Art, literature, and fine Italian cuisine mingle in Katherine Reay s most recent masterpiece A Portrait of Emily Price Subtlety is Reay s specialty and one of the reasons I believe Emily s story will appeal to mainstream romance readers Unless familiar with Thomas Nelson Publishing, a reader may not recognize this book as Christian fiction from the outset Initially, I felt the deeper messages were reserved for the latter 2 3rds of the book, after Emily and Ben had reached Italy However, upon a s [...]


    5. Full Review to come This is the best way I can express my joy to see a new book by Katherine Reay looking forward to November


    6. There is always something so exciting when picking up a new Katherine Reay novel I look forward to seeing the love of literature weaved throughout the story and the nod to C.S Lewis And y all, once again, Reay delivers a novel that captivates and I fully enjoyed this reading experience It somehow reminds me that joy isn t a feeling, it s a truth pg 254 I thought this was another fabulous novel, especially for fans of women s fiction From the setting and beautiful descriptions I m coming for you [...]


    7. When Katherine Reay has a new book coming out, you can bet that I will read it This being only her fourth in the history of ever, it s not too many authors who become that dear to me this quickly But Ms Reay made me an instant fan with her debut, Dear Mr Knightley, and every book since has only sweetened my adoration of her writing There is simply something incredible about her ability to write characters that I love, along with world building that sweeps me away into Italy this time around , an [...]


    8. A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay A Classy Masterpiece Fixing things, whether broken or not, is Emily Price s van Gogh As an art restorer she s passionate about righting anything that is wrong and anyone that hurts From swooping in save her sister from her flighty behavior patterns therefore saving her from herself, to perfecting her work as a restorer, she likes projects Her latest job takes her to Atlanta where two things happen First, her life changes for the better and coinciding w [...]


    9. Once again, author Katherine Reay has penned a contemporary novel with a complexity of skill not many in the genre can achieve with her newest release, A Portrait of Emily Price And what a picture its pages holds I would describe this as a family drama with a whirlwind though always realistic romance and a story of finding oneself in the middle of life s chaos and joy With a hint of whimsy, the story always stays realistic in a humidity and wavy hairdo, too much espresso sort of way And, in true [...]


    10. Life and beauty burst off the pages of A Portrait of Emily Price I felt like I stepped into another world while I read The characters, the places they visited, and the struggles they face all held authenticity and breathed life Katherine Reay is a master storyteller.Some sentences would be so beautiful or thought provoking that I would read them again a second or third time just to soak it all in This is one of those books I wanted to read fast because I loved it and needed to know what happened [...]


    11. Favorite Quotes And handsome The right kind the dark, lean kind with a four o clock shadow because five o clock would be too de rigueur The guy you watch walking down the plan aisle, hoping he ll sit next to you Yet he never does He sits right behind you with his wife.He was exactly what I had always envisioned my ideal that guy to be Actually, the whole list, fully formed at age eight, started and ended with Italian all the rest was icing.I dropped each into a jar, reminding myself with every p [...]


    12. This book had a lot of promise Emily has an interesting career with an insurance agency to restore artwork A job in Atlanta takes her from her Chicago home for two weeks Her firm set her up to stay in Joseph s studio Joseph is a gorgeous Italian man Emily has tried to teach herself Italian, though she s far from fluent He s not the most welcoming man, but he takes her to the restaurant of his aunt and uncle, where she meets his younger brother, Ben, who is also tall, dark, gorgeous, and of cours [...]


    13. Unless I miss my guess, this will be my favorite book I read in 2016 I LOVED Reay s first book, Dear Mr Knightley, then really liked her second, Lizzy and Jane, and was a little disappointed with the plot and lack of spirituality of her third, The Bront Plot, even though it was written well So I wasn t sure what to expect from this fourth one, but wow This one is back up to Dear Mr Knightley standards So, so good I finished it two days ago and actually said to someone today that I can t wait to [...]


    14. by Andrea Renee CoxThe quick start to this book hooked me in right away From the Italian brothers to the art restoration to the lead getting fired all before the third chapter , I was swept into Emily Price s world immediately.Unfortunately, three things pulled me out of that world for a time too much kissing particularly with a guy she had just met , unnecessary sexual comments throughout the first half of the book, and alcohol throughout the entire book If it weren t for those things, this wou [...]


    15. I loved the atmosphere of this book There is something so scrumptious about Reay s writing to begin with, and she did an excellent job immersing me as the reader in a story of art and artists and family A good word to describe this book would be colorful The saga of Emily s hasty marriage to a man she just knew and the humor of her fainting at the wedding a favorite scene were quickly morphed into the new life Emily springs into in Italy with her new husband s family There were so many hurdles t [...]


    16. A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine ReayThis lovingly written book brings out the artist in all of us The beautiful descriptions of art or whatever Emily is fixing is a feast for the senses.Only Italian style.As Joseph faces his brother Ben Joseph exclaims Ben, meet Emily Price Her insurance company is renting her a worktable in my studio for the next couple of weeks These two Italian brothers are here to fix up Piccolo Italian restaurant.Emily is an art restorer, she fixes things of all kind [...]


    17. When preparing to read Katherine Reay s latest novel, A Portrait of Emily Price, it s tempting to view the book as two parts connected by a single character.And in some ways, this is true.The first half focuses on Emily s restoration work in Atlanta and her whirlwind courtship with Ben as she helps him renovate his aunt and uncle s restaurant on the side This is romance and exhilaration and art geekery, as well as the poignancy of Emily s work restoring a mural damaged in a house fire The second [...]


    18. What a deliciously delightful novel I have no idea why, but this story was NOTHING like what I expected Somehow I thought the story was going to hinge around the main character and her sister But, I was thrown a left curve when the sister became a background character, and the main character and her love interest took over Unlike most stories I ve read recently, rather than jumping around among a few characters, giving their perspective on the plot, this story was almost like journaling It stuck [...]


    19. To sum up how I feel, I made a poem A subtle dance in Italian colours, jumps from frame to frame Illuminating the author s strokes in raw reality.Hands gripping Brushes glistening In tones of family woes, loves angst, the deepest of life s pains A portrait beautifully painted through Emily Price, by Katherine Reay I have to admit that the beginning lags a little and I do feel the relationship was utterly fast, but when we get about half way the rapid connection to characters begins to take your [...]


    20. Katherine has such a way with creating stories that woo me in One fun aspect of this book was that it was like a return trip to Tuscany I could see and imagine the whole setting, the characters were richly drawn, and the storyline sweet yet angst filled I thoroughly enjoyed this book, just like I knew I would Can t wait for my next Katherine Reay read It brings Katherine Reay s beautiful writing and story telling to the front It s a story of trying to control everything and falling into a place [...]


    21. When an art restorer and an Italian chef get together on a renovation project, the results are lots of creativity and support, true love, and pasta.Katherine Reay creates settings that are realistically flawed even broken and tackles the challenge of guiding her characters through them on a journey to find purpose and belonging past their work, lifestyles, and shortcomings, ultimately back home to their families in a beautiful and touching way As I did with Dear Mr Knightley , the best way to gi [...]


    22. A lovely love story, Italy, art true love and redemption.A portrait of Emily price tells the story of Emily, fixer extraordinaire She can fix anything, from art to children s toys to coffee machines, but can she fix her own relationships.Just when u thought this story was going to be cliche chick lit it took some unexpected turns and explored ideas often overlooked Sorry if I m being a bit vague I don t want to give too much away Anyway, I highly reccomend thus book, a great one to sit back rela [...]


    23. A Portrait of Emily Price was an enjoyable journey Main character Emily has a career in restoring damaged items She thrives in fixing thingsd people She controls her sister Amy s career as well.I enjoyed the beginning of the novel set in Atlanta and the final third of the novel than the middle third The middle third didn t keep my interest as much Overall, it was a lovely story with meaningful messages.A Portrait of Emily Price is my second favorite Reay novel Dear Mr Knightly remains my top pi [...]


    24. A lovely novel featuring an uplifting romance The are comparisons made to Emma by Jane Austen in the story which is what attracted my attentionI loved the characters in this book, they drew me into the story and left me wanting I did not want this book to end I will keep this book to read again, probably than once.Emily, the main character, is a restoration expert employed by an insurance firm She is very skilled at fixing thing but when she tries to fix people, things start to go awry She is [...]


    25. Some books got it and some books ain t got it A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay is the latter.It felt like I started reading one novel and ended up finishing a completely different one There was no cohesive whole, just bits and pieces that never matched up together I was expecting a story of an art restorer and ended up in a whirlwind romance where the heroine and you wouldn t believe how easy it is to forget her name is Emily despite the title because of how few characters actually us [...]


    26. Katherine Reay has a new fan I received this book as an ARC and read it straight through I will now download everything Reay has written That is my highest praise.This charming book is well written and edited, and it was all about the character development and a strong plot I felt the emotion and struggle of the characters, both main and secondary, and the peripheral characters strengthened the story Many details were beyond my experience, but gave authenticity to the tale of how our lives must [...]


    27. Full review on Faithfully Bookish wp p7ngfE nJEmily Price is a fixer She repairs and restores just about everything she can get her hands on Emily works her magic on artwork, machinery, trinkets, leaky faucets, her sister Maybe it s a big sister thing To younger sisters everywhere, we re sorry.Benito Vassallo is visiting the States from Italy in order to help his aunt and uncle breathe new life into their restaurant, perfect his pizza dough recipe, and win Emily s heart a late addition to his li [...]


    28. Review originally posted at All Books Considered 3.5 STARSTwo things I can say about all of Katherine Reay s books I always devour them and I always love love love her heroines I m happy to report that A Portrait of Emily Price is no different What I loved about this book was how it captured that sense of freefall from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man but in a modern way and with a woman as the protagonist This wasn t a re telling but the allusion cannot be missed the struggle of the arti [...]


    29. What a beautiful, beautiful story I loved it This is the best book I ve read by this author So well written and easy to connect with Characters are lovely, the story is sweet and full of amazing lessons about forgiveness and grace and second chances.Ben is my very favorite He s absolutely perfect It was incredible for me to see how he put others needs above his own.Writing is also really good, it made feel part of the story I traveled all the way to Italy with Emily, and I got to love Monterello [...]


    30. Stuck with it because of the Italian cooking and ease of read but by the 1 2 way point This genre is too light and at the same time too easily consequential to idealistic outcomes, for me That s saying it poorly But it s the same feeling I had as a girl when I read Anne of Green Gables It s as if this kind of life choice and or stranger well meet and happenstance are way, way out of my sphere of Earth belief quotient It seems easier for me to believe in Sci Fi or fantasy fare places than it is t [...]


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