Emily thinks she’s lost everything…until a mysterious painting leads her to what she wants most in the world. The new novel from the author of international bestsellers The Sweetness of Forgetting and The Life Intended shows why her books are hailed as “engaging” (People), “absorbing” (Kirkus Reviews) and “enthralling” (Fresh Fiction).
Emily Emerson is used to being alone; her dad ran out on the family when she was a just a kid, her mom died when she was seventeen, and her beloved grandmother has just passed away as well. But when she’s laid off from her reporting job, she finds herself completely at sea…until the day she receives a beautiful, haunting painting of a young woman standing at the edge of a sugarcane field under a violet sky. That woman is recognizable as her grandmother—and the painting arrived with no identification other than a handwritten note saying, “He always loved her.”
Emily is hungry for roots and family, so she begins to dig. And as she does, she uncovers a fascinating era in American history. Her trail leads her to the POW internment camps of Florida, where German prisoners worked for American farmers…and sometimes fell in love with American women. But how does this all connect to the painting? The answer to that question will take Emily on a road that leads from the sweltering Everglades to Munich, Germany and back to the Atlanta art scene before she’s done.
Along the way, she finds herself tempted to tear down her carefully tended walls at last; she’s seeing another side of her father, and a new angle on her painful family history. But she still has secrets, ones she’s been keeping locked inside for years. Will this journey bring her the strength to confront them at last?
Step into a world where the past meets the present. Where there is love found, love lost, and life goes full circle. This is a story of forgiveness, hope, faith and never ending timeless love that will have you completely lost in your kindle.
Kristin Harmel has quickly become one of my favorite authors. With her ability to draw you in, feel as if you know each character personally and writing that is perfectly scripted, you will be mesmerized.
With a story that spans 60+ years moving from past and present you will meet Emily, a woman who has lost her way. After the death of her beloved grandmother, Emily receives a painting showcasing a woman that resembles her. A note is attached stating that her grandmother was the love of her grandfather’s life. She is determined to find out the mystery behind the painting and her grandparent’s love story.
Told in past and present chapters, the truth is revealed in bits and pieces. You travel on a journey with Emily as she solves the puzzle of the past. All the while, she comes to terms with decisions she’s made in the past and learns to heal.
“In life, we all fail, all the time. But the victory is in getting up and continuing on.”
This was a phenomenal, multilayered story that I devoured. Kristin’s writing is pure brilliance and I absolutely loved it!
“…tomorrow is never a guarantee and that if we don’t say and do the important things in life now, we may never have the chance.”
About Kristin Harmel
Kristin Harmel is an international bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. After spending many years as a journalist (including more than a decade writing and reporting for People magazine) Kristin now freelances only occasionally, focusing on book tours, book club visits and, of course, writing her next books! THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING was a bestseller in many countries and in fact won the reader’s choice prize for Romantic Novel of the Year in Germany in 2013.
Kristin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has lived in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Miami and now resides in Orlando, Fla., with her husband, Jason.
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