A Portrait of Emily Price, by Katherine Reay, is a novel about love on many different levels. Emily Price is an art restorer who loves her work. She likes to fix things. While on an assignment, she meets Ben and after a whirlwind relationship they marry and move to Ben’s family home in Italy. Relatives are shocked and not all are happy about the union. Perhaps the unhappiest of all is Ben’s mother. However, it is her father-in-law who accepts her unconditionally and who comes to play a major role in her life.
It is one thing to adjust to marriage. Throw into the mix living in a foreign country and not being able to speak the language, a large extended family and a fragile relationship with her mother-in law, family secrets and the reader is immersed into Emily’s new life. Understandably, she struggles to find her place in her life. While she deeply loves her husband, she feels a need to reconnect with herself.
An opportunity arises for Emily to return to the states. Her paintings are to be exhibited in a gallery. Will she return to Italy?
The author has crafted a beautiful story. She provides a rich setting and endearing characters. Highly recommended.
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