When Kat Lind was a young, American girl living in France, studying French literature, everything about the city was romantic and artistic. She met a struggling artist, Daniel Blake. Both young, with an artist’s eye, and seeing the same beauty in things, they connected on a number of levels and even lived together for a time.
Now, years later, Kat is married and has a son and is living in London. When she and her husband attend the opening of an art show at one of the better galleries in town, Kat is surprised to see her own portrait on the giant canvas. Daniel has continued to paint Kat and has become a renowned artist … his portraits of the beautiful woman capturing the hearts of art lovers.
Seeing these paintings, Kat is forced to see herself through Daniel’s eyes and is reminded of a past that perhaps wasn’t truly over. But there’s also a matter of her current life and all that is threatened by the renewed interest in the artist and his work.
Author Mary Waters-Sayer has written a really beautiful, compelling story. It is the sort of delicious writing that readers sink in to and let wash over them. There is passion and romance, the romance of the art of France, and ever-lasting beauty. What person doesn’t want to be captured in their prime and adored as a work of art? This is pretty classic ‘chick-lit’ that should really appeal to those looking for a romantic beach read.
I enjoyed the read. I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed the beauty of the writing.
But this book has one of the worst endings I’ve ever come across. My suggestion is to read about three-quarters of the way through and then put the book down and read something else. Let yourself wonder or make up your own ending, because it’s probably better than what you’ll read.
Looking for a good book? Read The Blue Bath by Mary Waters-Sayer for the beautiful, immersive prose but note that it’s moderately predictable and that the ending doesn’t feel as though it belongs to this book.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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The Blue Bath
author: Mary Waters-Sayer
publisher: St. Martin’s Press
hardcover, 310 pages