Today’s book review features
Paint and Nectar by Ashley Clark.
In 1929, a spark forms between talented watercolorist Eliza and William, a charming young man who has been hired to forge her popular paintings. Her aunt makes it clear Eliza should stay away from him because of a feud between their families over missing heirloom silver. But the source of the rivalry was long ago, and as the two get to know each other, they fall in love. William regrets the job that desperation led him to take and their families’ ongoing bitterness, but setting things right comes at a cost.
In present-day Charleston, Lucy Legare has just inherited an old house from a mysterious benefactor, along with all the secrets it holds, including an old silver heirloom. Declan Pinckney is determined to buy the house for his family’s development company. But as Lucy uncovers secrets about the house, garden, and silver, she becomes more determined than ever to preserve the historic Charleston property, not only for history’s sake but also for her own.
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Paint and Nectar by Ashley Clark is the second book in her Heirloom Secrets split-time romance series.
This is a fascinating read. I loved how nature and music are woven into art. It’s a very creative type of story. I also loved the historical setting since it’s 1929, at the beginning of the Great Depression, which is the time period I write about.
I found there to be more heartbreak in the story than I expected, which made it a challenging read. I think I may have followed the plot a bit better had I read the first book in the series, however I often find split-time stories a challenge to follow since the two plots are woven together with some type of interconnection.
Overall, it was an interesting book. I wanted to enjoy it more than I did because it had so many wonderful elements in it. Perhaps others will enjoy the format more than me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.