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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Painter’s Domestic Dispute by Nancy A. Lindley-Gauthier

The Painter’s Domestic Dispute by Nancy A. Lindley-Gauthier
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Recent Historical (1920s)
Length: Short (23 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Slide into a hot new Studebaker for a quick trip up the Maine Coast, for that All-Important meeting: that's right, Miss Sarah is to meet the parents.

The Painter’s Domestic Dispute is a sweet snapshot of romance in the roaring twenties.

Sarah Prentiss is about to take an important step in her relationship with her sweetheart, Errol. He has invited her to a lunch where she will finally meet his mother. Sarah, an accomplished painter at the dawn of the impressionist era, is sure she’ll have no problem making a favorable impression. However, Sarah is a bit proud and has some preconceived notions about Errol’s mother. Will they prove to be her undoing?

Ms. Lindley-Gauthier did an excellent job of creating a story with interesting and relatable characters in a very short amount of pages. As I read the story, I learned about each character through their mannerisms and the way they spoke. “Sarah swept off up the back staircase and stomped across the middle landing. Imagine! Telling her what to wear and what to say when she met Errol's mother! Why, etiquette was her absolute forté! She knew perfectly well how to put any person at ease.” This is just one of the passages where Ms. Lindley-Gauthier expertly shows me the characters rather than telling me about them, which is what makes this story such a delight to read.

From the moment I started reading The Painter’s Domestic Dispute, I was enmeshed in the flurry of activity surrounding Sarah and her efforts to prepare to meet Errol’s mother. I could practically see Sarah’s sister, Rebecca, clucking about the kitchen trying to help Sarah get ready. It is a charming short story that can easily be read in one sitting. Anyone in need of a quick escape should pick up a copy today.