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A Portrait of Emily Price

Katherine Reay
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A Portrait of Emily Price
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A Portrait of Emily Price

Katherine Reay

Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she can't fix-until she meets Ben, an Italian chef, who seems just right. But when Emily follows Ben home to Italy, she learns that his family is another matter ...

Emily Price-fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist-dreams of having a gallery show of her own. There is no time for distractions, especially not the ultimate distraction of falling in love.

But Chef Benito Vassallo's relentless pursuit proves hard to resist. Visiting from Italy, Ben works to breathe new life into his aunt and uncle's faded restaurant, Piccollo. Soon after their first meeting, he works to win Emily as well-inviting her into his world and into his heart.

Emily astonishes everyone when she accepts Ben's proposal and follows him home. But instead of allowing the land, culture, and people of Monterello to transform her, Emily interferes with everyone and everything around her, alienating Ben's tightly knit family. Only Ben's father, Lucio, gives Emily the understanding she needs to lay down her guard. Soon, Emily's life and art begin to blossom, and Italy's beauty and rhythm take hold of her spirit.

Yet when she unearths long-buried family secrets, Emily wonders if she really fits into Ben's world. Will the joys of Italy become just a memory, or will Emily share in the freedom and grace that her life with Ben has shown her are possible?



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About "A Portrait of Emily Price"

Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she can't fix-until she meets Ben, an Italian chef, who seems just right. But when Emily follows Ben home to Italy, she learns that his family is another matter ...

Emily Price-fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist-dreams of having a gallery show of her own. There is no time for distractions, especially not the ultimate distraction of falling in love.

But Chef Benito Vassallo's relentless pursuit proves hard to resist. Visiting from Italy, Ben works to breathe new life into his aunt and uncle's faded restaurant, Piccollo. Soon after their first meeting, he works to win Emily as well-inviting her into his world and into his heart.

Emily astonishes everyone when she accepts Ben's proposal and follows him home. But instead of allowing the land, culture, and people of Monterello to transform her, Emily interferes with everyone and everything around her, alienating Ben's tightly knit family. Only Ben's father, Lucio, gives Emily the understanding she needs to lay down her guard. Soon, Emily's life and art begin to blossom, and Italy's beauty and rhythm take hold of her spirit.

Yet when she unearths long-buried family secrets, Emily wonders if she really fits into Ben's world. Will the joys of Italy become just a memory, or will Emily share in the freedom and grace that her life with Ben has shown her are possible?


- Publisher

Meet the Author

Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. After earning degrees in history and marketing from Northwestern University, she worked as a marketer for Proctor & Gamble and Sears before returning to school to earn her MTS. Her works have been published in "Focus on the Family" and the "Upper Room". Katherine currently lives with her husband and three children in Seattle. "Dear Mr. Knightley" is her first novel.

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Beautiful and Engaging
5 stars By Jacqui, Jul 02 2018
This book is so beautifully written. I found it very hard to stop reading as I was drawn so fully into the emotions of each of the characters. After reading the blurb I expected a light romantic story. This isn't. It is layer upon layer of a journey of Emily discovering who she is.  The title is very apt. It is set in Atlanta, USA and a little village in Italy. The descriptions are beautiful, enabling you to picture the places and atmosphere. The words used paint a picture, literally and I found myself just wanting to sit and savour them. Art is a large part of the story and as I read it the richness of the words and language used touched my soul as a beautiful painting.  It is a book that I will be rereading.
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Heart-warming, tender, and poignant
5 stars By Katie Donovan, Nov 30 2016
This is the kind of novel for which you clear the calendar. Even if you don't aspire to sit down and read the book from start to finish in one sitting, take care of any potential distractions before you open its pages so that you can give yourself over totally to basking in the imagery, the ambiance, and the emotions of the story for however long you are able to indulge at one time. From the moment they whisper the same Italian word - 'Aiuto' (help) - it is as though Ben's and Emily's souls recognize one another and connect.  More than that, their hearts instinctively understand each other, and far from being cheesy or sappy or unrealistic, watching them totally melted my heart. But this novel is also realistic about the challenges they face as they begin their life together, and the way they handle those challenges is part of the beauty of this story. It's a richly layered novel, full of symbolism, beautiful subtext, and an exploration of the emotional significance behind Emily's professional and personal drive to fix things that are broken. But how do you find peace when things are beyond your ability to fix? Katherine Reay's writing captures the soul of Emily's journey with the skill of a master artist.  It is heart-warming, tender, and poignant. Open its pages, and allow yourself to feast.
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  • Catalogue Code 470288
  • Product Code 9780718077907
  • ISBN 0718077903
  • EAN 9780718077907
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Nov 2016
  • Sales Rank #49681
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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