The Very Picture of You

The Very Picture of You

Book - 2011
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Thirty-five-year-old Ella Graham is a portrait painter whose career is taking off. At a fundraising event, Ella's half-sister, Chloe, makes the winning bid in an auction for an Ella Graham portrait commission. The portrait will be of her fiancé, Nate, as a surprise engagement present for him. There's just one problem--Ella can't stand Nate, and painting him is the last thing she wants to do.

But as they spend time together in the studio, Ella finds her feelings towards Nate are changing, and she begins to realize--to her horror--that she is not simply warming to him but is falling in love. Chloe, newly promoted at work and busy reining in her mother's overly enthusiastic wedding planning, is completely unaware that the two people she cares most about are falling for each other.

To make things worse, after being out of the picture for thirty years, Ella's father, John, contacts her out of the blue--and Ella wants nothing to do with him. But then she makes a startling discovery about her parents' relationship that turns everything she has known about family and loyalty on its head. Desperate to protect Chloe from heartbreak, but anguished by her growing love for Nate, Ella can't imagine tearing her family apart by revealing her true feelings. But will the wedding tear her apart instead?

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2011.
ISBN: 9781554688562
Branch Call Number: WOL
Characteristics: 371 pages ;,22 cm


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Very enjoyable novel. Isabel Wolff puts a note of realism into her characters and the smaller side stories surrounding the "sitters" or people getting portraits painted were heartwarming and added depth to story.

lppires Aug 21, 2012

I read "Vintage Affair"first from the same author, and the 2 books are very similar in plot. After I got to the middle of "The Very Picture... "I almost gave up, as everything seemed very predictable, but if you are reading this author for the first time, you probably will enjoy. I was expecting more, so got a bit disappointed.

Jul 31, 2012

Loved this book! Great little secrets as the book unfolds!

sunny143 May 12, 2012

A nice story with likeable characters that was written in a conversational way. The ending was very transparent but I enjoyed it anyway.

Jan 05, 2012

This novel is a quick, light read with a happy ending for all, but it is engaging all the way through. It has various personality traits that you will recognize or have encountered in people you know. Highly readable and entertaining.

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