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2015 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award

2015 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award Finalist

From a vineyard in the south of France to the sophisticated city of Paris, Ella Moreau searches for the hope and love she lost as a young girl when her mother abandoned the family. Ella's journey is portrayed through a heartbroken child, a young woman's struggles during the tumultuous times surrounding World War II, and as a reflective adult.

Through a series of secret paintings, her art becomes the substitute for lost love - the metaphor of her life. But when her paintings are discovered, the intentions of those she loves are revealed.

©2014 Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (P)2015 Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 05-23-16

Painting a Picture . . . of Love

Human . . . and flawed . . . are we all . . . even set against the backdrop of French vineyards bathed in warmth and sunshine . . . an inner demon gnaws at us sometimes, a need to be free of one's tethers . . . and so Marie, a woman who seemed to have it all . . . three beautiful children and a husband who loved her, just up and left one day . . . in a day and age, when that just wasn't done, leaving Ella Moreau, the oldest of the children to imagine for years that she was the reason her mother left . . . the story begins in 1929 when Ella is seven and continues up until 1960 when she is a young woman . . . spanning the family's move back to France from America, following the death of Ella's grandfather, the years leading up to WWII and afterward . . . finding refuge in her art, Ella paints from her memories, and a treasure of canvases build up in her studio . . . eventually her father sends her to Paris where her artwork can be properly represented and sold in Madame DuBois' gallery . . . all in all, a gentle, flowing tale of a young girl with a God given talent, honestly told, and of a precious family, humanly flawed . . . but not beyond the redemption by a Holy and righteous God who ever waits to extend to us His grace . . .

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  • Joe K
  • Gleason, WI
  • 12-11-15

Captivating!

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Listened to it completely in two sittings - had intended to do it in 8!!!

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Touching story of love and forgiveness

Wonderful experience and hard to stop reading. Some of the pronunciations are jarringly incorrect, but otherwise nice performance.