Book Review: A Portrait of Emily Price

 

Hello all, and welcome back! It’s time for another book review, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed! I recently finished reading A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay, and I have two words for you–HOLY WOW! To say I enjoyed this novel would be an understatement. To say it was perfect, amazing, flawless, and otherworldly would also be an understatement! I am literally at a loss for words, friends!

I suppose I better start at the beginning–the cover. I have always adored the artwork on Katherine’s novels. In fact, it’s what drew me to Dear Mr. Knightley in a Barnes and Noble some years ago! But this cover is phenomenal! There are very few covers these days (especially in the Inspirational Fiction genre) that aren’t campy or over the top. Emily Price has the tailor made cover! When I close my eyes, I feel like Lucy Honeychurch touring the Italian countryside, skipping through fields of poppies. And that’s just the cover!

Like a beautiful person, having an attractive outer shell is nice, but even better is a lovely soul. This book has one of the loveliest souls I have ever beheld. (I know what you’re thinking, “Can books have souls?” Roll with me here!) The meat and substance of this book is incredible. This is no fluff piece of chick-lit, although I do love me some good chick-lit. This reads like a map of someone’s life. There are all the high points–the good times, the times that make me smile so wide my friends ask me what I’m so happy about, and the laughter, oh the laughter! But there are also the valleys–the times that had me on the edge of my seat, rooting for Emily to make the right choice. I totally felt one with Emily Price. Meeting her was like looking in a mirror and seeing all my flaws and all my points of beauty (this coming from an extremely insecure girl). I learned through Emily that we all have our moments of pain, but we also all have our moments of beauty. And the interesting thing? There are more moments of beauty than you think. You just have to look closely, take out your restoration equipment, and be patient to see the results. And boy, the results from Emily Price were astounding.

I’d like to thank the author, Katherine Reay, for allowing me to be a part of her “peeps team” for the release of this novel. All the opinions in this review are my own, and I was in no way required to give a positive review. Pick up A Portrait of Emily Price wherever books are sold on November 1, 2016.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: A Portrait of Emily Price

  1. Last night, Emily Price kept me up until 2 a.m. — and this was the second read for me! That’s how good this book is. I stayed up late to finish it. A second time. After I already knew the ending. My first read-through was last week, when I got an advance copy in the mail (like you did) and I was honestly sort of speed-reading, because I needed to know what happened. This time, I picked it up planning to highlight a few thoughts for the purpose of (finally) writing a review for Goodreads. But I was drawn in and I didn’t want to put it down. That is really the highest praise I can give. To read a book a second time is rare for me, especially in the space of a week. But there is so much depth to Katherine Reay’s story telling, and so much truth that seeps out when I linger for a while. Reading it the second time was like standing in front of a familiar painting and taking the time to study the brush strokes, the pigments, the subtle movements. I have loved all of Katherine Reay’s stories, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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