Friday, March 18, 2016

Review: Annette Larsen's Novel "Painting Rain"

Book Description:

A proper, clean romance.
How do you heal your heart after tragedy leaves you broken? When the person you loved didn’t deserve it and they can’t earn your forgiveness because they’re already dead? How do you move on, and heal, and love?
If you’re Princess Lorraina, you paint.
A year ago Lorraina watched Tobias die, and she still doesn't know how she's supposed to heal—or forgive. How can she when she’s still running away? In an attempt to reinvent herself, she steps outside her comfortable life as princess and seeks the tutelage of a master painter—a man who is not at all impressed by her pedigree, and demands not just talent, but emotional honesty.
Struggling to learn what’s being taught, she finds herself drawn to someone who not only knows her secrets, but who she once considered far below her notice. Now she is compelled to seek him out despite knowing their relationship would be forbidden if discovered. Staying away from him doesn’t seem possible when discovering him may be the key to healing her heart and rediscovering herself.

My Thoughts:

As you've probably figured out, I'm not one to give a plot summary, and I don't like to give spoilers, which means that my reviews are often fairly short and vague, but this one, maybe a little less so.

This is the fourth book in a series, and I've read and enjoyed all three that came before. I can imagine that writing several romance books in a series about a family of sisters gets a little difficult. You want them to all go together, you have an expectation built up in the readers, maybe you're even getting bored in doing them all the same way. But not Annette K. Larsen's Dalthia's series. Each book is different, and this one is by far the most divergent from the rest; however, that made for an interesting book.

The biggest detriment to me getting into the story right away were the multiple flashbacks to the previous book. I felt a little frustrated that I didn't remember the details, and with all the flashbacks, I felt it lacked immediacy. I found myself wondering if I could skip that part or if it would have some bearing on the story later. It did. Eventually, the real story broke through. (Exactly as happens with her art. I see what she did.)

While not suspenseful like the other books, not fairytale-esque or all about being at court, this book is refreshing in its uniqueness. I can relate to the main character's quest for making good art, though I found myself wanting to argue the point that there's only one kind of art a person can make and it stems from deep-seated, unresolved pain. I enjoyed the end, though--and wouldn't that painting have made a beautiful cover? I found myself longing to see it. In all, it was an interesting read with a satisfying romance. Another great book by Annette Larsen.

*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.

Painting Rain by Annette K. Larsen

is available in eBook and Paperback

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