Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Watercolor Dreams by Sherry Kyle

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Synopsis: He strolled into her painting . . . and into her heart.

It's 1910 and Anna Lewis is praying that God will help her become a premier watercolor artist of the lush beaches of Carmel, California. When a man strides down the beach and stops to face the ocean, Anna sketches him into her painting. Was it a mistake? Anna thinks so when he tells her he doesn't have spare change to purchase her work. Spare change indeed! But while she seeks God's leading for her art career, she'd better keep her day job as nursemaid to two rambunctious boys.

The minute Charles Jordan walks away, he regrets criticizing the woman's painting but as he told the artist, he's just been jilted at the altar.

How will a secret from Charles' past affect his chances of loving again? And how will Anna have the hope she needs when tragedy strikes and she must rely on the one man who crushed her spirit?

Thoughts: **I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

This was an enjoyable quick and easy read. It's a period piece, set in California in 1910, a time when women still didn't have the independence we can enjoy today--and that fact plays a big part in the story. 

Anna has six months to prove to her father that she can make a living with her watercolors, or she will be forced to return to San Francisco to marry his business partner. Charles has just been left at the altar by a woman who had fallen in love with his cousin. A series of unfortunate remarks and assumptions add a humorous touch to their story, as does the persistent matchmaking of Charles' Aunt Clara.

All of the characters were very well developed, and the story was well written overall.The message of love,understanding, and forgiveness was woven throughout.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction.

Rating: Four stars

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