Then her old New York artist life comes knocking, and an offer is made for a series of commissioned paintings. Lia knows it would ensure financial security for her family, but she doesn't know if she wants that life anymore. When she undertakes one final project, she reawakens her heart and soul. And as she finds herself falling in love and needing an outlet more and more, she realizes her paintings might be her saving grace.
Unabridged audio book
4 is a good review for me. I reserve '5's' for classic literature. I have read all I can of MJ writing. I think I enjoy the catharsis, the character development that has so much more to do with the way the characters analyze their problems with their work and home life in addition to the romance that is part of the story...All of her writing isn't just the romance, it is the development and work at discovering self, and making a move to the next part of their lives.
Jacobson always uses clever ways to draw us in to her stories. Her characters are witty, fun, but still human enough to make you want to cheer them on as they unravel, discover, and build not only the romance, but not only their career and romance journey but also their life journey.
This was a clever setting. I wondered at the misunderstandings with Lia and Aiden, but loved the way it all unfolded...my only criticism, was wishing the ending had been longer! Would have loved more of their moment somehow. Seemed there was more long with G. than with Aiden as the story unfolded, although part of that came through in her artistic catharsis. Can't wait for her next book..Always clever, always funny, and always captivating.
Melanie Jacobson's books tend to have some fabulous dialogue and wit that always endears me to them as well as her characters. Painting Kisses is no exception. It is one of her heavier stories. There aren't the usual laugh-out-loud moments that some of her other books are filled with, but I appreciated seeing a different side of this author. Her characters had some serious depth to them and had some former pain that they needed to deal with before they could open their hearts.
What won me over was the fabulous dialogue between Lia, the MC, and those around her, especially Aidan. I also came to love these amazing down-to-earth characters who were also so talented. I particularly fell in love with Lia's niece. She was such a sweet and tender little girl and I loved her relationship with her mother, her aunt, and others she gets to know. I also found the painting and how Lia gets lost in her art quite genuine and interesting. Towards the end my heart about broke, but then the ending made up for it all.
I would highly recommend Painting Kisses to those who enjoy reading sweet romance that has some depth, witty dialogue, and likable characters. It was full of friendship, family, colorful and full descriptions (she is an artist), forgiveness, the risk of heartbreak, and love.
The detailed imagery in this book is AMAZING!
And so is the humor!
Your heart will also shatter along with the characters in a few places...
It's all in here...love, romance, humor, anger, frustration, hope, healing, etc...
Lia Carswell used to go by the name of Leandra Tate, a famous New York artist.
But when her paintings were sold to the highest bidder at any cost Lia realized they were only buying the paintings to claim they had one, not because they understood it.
And on top of that her marriage was failing...
So she ran from it all.
Back home in Salt Lake City Lia is a waitress at a local diner and is helping her sister raise her niece, Chloe.
Life seems to be content until they realize that the best school for Chloe to attend will take thousands of dollars.
How can they can come up with that kind of money?
Lia will need to paint again.
But can Lia put her soul back onto a canvas?
And what about Aidan and Griff?
This book will leave you sighing at the end!
SO. SO. SO. GOOD!