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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Painter's Eye for an Eye



The Painter's Eye for an Eye by Nancy Lindley-Gauthier
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short story
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5
Reviewed by Peony

The Painter's Eye for an Eye continues the tale of the (self-acknowledged) splendid, fashionable, and oh-so talented Sarah Woods and her infamous deadline for attaining marriage. Set in the quaint coastal town of Berwick, Maine in 1919, Sarah struggles with dated Victorian ideals and equally old-fashioned towns-folk. They may mean well, but oh, the ridiculous levels of incompetence she must suffer!

From lemonade to lobsters, some days do not go Sarah's way. She begins to fear the worst…

"The Painter’s Eye for an Eye" starts off on a high note and just keeps rolling along! The past is fast, the images vivid and the tone is so wonderfully humorous I had a smile on my face from beginning to end! What a perfect little story!

Sarah is such an over-the-top, engaging character, especially when her back’s up, as it is through most of this. She has definite ideas—very definite ideas! Her being an independent woman of means as well as a public persona gives her, she feels, the right to give voice to her ideas. A painter of some notoriety she puts certain flair on the sleepy streets of the tiny town in Maine where she lives. When she meets a man who isn’t at all what he first seems, one whose convictions and willingness to stand behind them matches hers, Sarah realizes she just may have found her match.

I loved the way Sarah and Errol were both larger than life. They aren’t flat, ho-hum characters. Instead their words and actions are vivid and believable. I could see everything, right down to the brand-new 1919 roadster vying for a place beside older, messier horse-drawn transport. There isn’t anything not to like in "The Painter’s Eye For An Eye". It is a fast, fun read!