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Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Painter's Tempest in a Teapot by Nancy A. Lindley-Gauthier

The Painter’s Tempest in a Teapot by Nancy A. Lindley-Gauthier
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (32 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Berwick, Maine, 1921: Delightful Miss Sarah Woods, resident sophisticate (as she would most assuredly describe herself), graciously agrees to take on matchmaking duty for her young neighbor. Naturally, she must train young Lilly in aspects of culture and an appreciation of the finer things first. Then there is that careful balance to consider: the line between what would get her a man and what was too risqué for the gal's mother to tolerate.

This novella is a lighthearted story set between the two world wars of the 20th century.

Miss Sarah Woods has a very high opinion of herself. She believes she sets the standard for those around her and that others follow her lead. Totally ignoring the comments of friends and family, she undertakes to launch Miss Lillian O’Rourke into society and to find her a husband. She believes her own recent attachment to Errol Wright gives her the knowledge to do this.

On the surface Sarah is a self-confident, shallow young lady with no concerns about her place in society. Beneath the face she shows the world, she is revealed as someone with more depth. However, she can’t get past the belief that if she does things by the correct social rule, she will live her life to the fullest.

An inopportune meeting with Errol Wright when he is working on his fishing boat shakes her faith in herself and when he stops contacting her, she takes time to re-evaluate herself.

There’s a bit of Sarah in all of us. Self-confidence is good, but not if it overrides common sense. I liked Sarah. She tried to do what she thought was best, but shut her mind to the possibility that her best might not be what everyone else wanted. Her sister tried to guide her in the right direction and many times saved Sarah without her realizing it. I liked that Sarah was woman enough to eventually pull the veil aside and see the world in its true light.

The setting is very visual to the reader, expertly showing the lives of females in the early 20th century. Each character comes alive but Sarah is the main glue that binds the story. This is a very pleasant book and would be good to while away a few hours on a lazy summer afternoon.