***Received ARC from publisher via NetGalley***
Kat Lind, an American expatriate living in London with her entrepreneur husband and their young son, attends an opening at a prestigious Mayfair art gallery and is astonished to find her own face on the walls. The portraits are evidence of a long-ago love affair with the artist, Daniel Blake. Unbeknownst to her, he has continued to paint her ever since. Kat is seduced by her reflection on canvas and when Daniel appears in London, she finds herself drawn back into the sins and solace of a past that suddenly no longer seems so far away.
When the portraits catch the attention of the public, threatening to reveal not only her identity, but all that lies beyond the edges of the canvases, Kat comes face to face with the true price of their beauty and with all that she now could lose.
Moving between the glamour of the London art world and the sensuous days of a love affair in a dusty Paris studio, life and art bleed together as Daniel and Kat’s lives spin out of control, leading to a conclusion that is anything but inevitable.
First off, I could not have written a more apt description of this story. It was the first thing that drew me in. Well, that and the cover image. Just, lovely.
As for the rest of the book, I basically breezed through this beautifully written story. The descriptions are so vivid that you can feel, hear, see and taste everything, and I devoured every bit of it. The chemistry between Kat and Daniel is undeniable, despite the infidelity on Kat’s part. It’s definitely another story that makes me feel guilty for rooting for their connection, which is very odd for me considering that readers don’t really get to know Daniel as well as we do Kat. Throughout the story, Daniel maintains his mysteriousness. Understandably, that’s part of his appeal as a brooding artist, but when everything else in the book was fleshed out so well, I found myself wanting just a little bit more out of Daniel’s character.
Overall, I couldn’t have imagined a better ending. Even though it felt a little abrupt, this was really the only one way to end it that guarantees this story stays with you. Tragic and beautiful.
Rating: 3.5 stars