*I received a free ARC of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Katherine Ross, a struggling artist-turned-successful-businesswoman, has a life many would envy. At only thirty-one years old, Katherine runs one of the top luxury real-estate firms in Manhattan, and she lives in a fabulous loft with her dreamy husband. That is, of course, until her marriage comes to a screeching halt, forcing Katherine to face the truths she’s been burying deep within her heart. She hasn’t been happy for a long time. And her life, while glamorous, is not the life she ever wanted.
Fighting through the fog of her confusion and pain, Katherine makes the daring, or possibly insane, choice to start over somewhere new. She leaves her business, her friends, and the city behind, while she ventures alone to the mountains in hopes of rediscovering her artistic roots in a place surrounded by beauty, peace, and quiet.
But life in Bluewater isn’t as simple as it may seem, and when her art career suddenly begins to take off in this unlikely setting, Katherine finds herself torn between two worlds. Does she pursue her lifelong dream and become the world-famous artist she always wanted to be? Or does she open her heart to the possibility of new dreams and a life she never imagined?
Painting Blue Water is wish fulfillment of the highest order.
Everyone in the novel is beautiful, kind and the very best at what they do: the best chef, artist, composer, actress or dress designer. Paintings going straight to the big museums like The Tate or The Met; music scores providing the backing track to the next big Spielberg film.
The settings too are lushly perfect, whether it is the urban bustle of the big city, or the rural splendour of the mountains and lakes. The writing is rich in colour, sounds, art, music, scents and yummy sounding food.
The main plotline features Katherine (our lovable artistic protagonist) losing her marriage and walking away from the life she had built in order to make a fresh, completely different start. There is romance a-plenty as, not just the main character, but some of her friends, finds a soulmate, with some stumbling over past baggage along the way. The relationship conflicts felt natural and reasonable, and the side characters are endearing, especially Mr Trust!
More wish fulfilment comes in the resolution of the story arc between Katherine and Michael. I don’t do spoilers so I will just leave that one there, and you’ll know what I mean when you get there!
Overall this was a lovely, lovely story. It read like one of those warm, comfy dreams where you win the lottery and the Man Booker, and Jason Momoa whisks you away to a cabin in the woods with Prosecco on tap, and… well, you get the idea! Like a hug and a cuppa on a cold day; your favourite comfort food, or a book you’ve read so many times you know it by heart, this novel will give you a happy glow that will last even after you’ve turned the last page.
Returning her attention to the painting from an appropriate distance, she imagined the sounds surrounding Monet as he worked on it.
A comforting quiet.
Not the uneasy quiet when something is wrong, or when a storm (literal or metaphorical) is about to strike, but the kind of quiet where all is well, and excessive sound is simply unnecessary. In her mind, the quiet of this valley was only occasionally interrupted by the song of a small bird or by the wind jostling the leaves of the trees, and those who listened very carefully might be lucky enough to hear the graceful roll of the stream dancing over smooth rocks, carrying the icy cold water from the mountain majesties above.
Katherine closed her eyes. Her life had become a distracted life full of noise. Not all of the noise was bad, but it simply never ceased. She feared one day she might wake up an old woman, still drowning in noise and searching for happiness.
She opened her eyes and smiled at her new favourite painting. Suddenly, she knew exactly what she needed to do.
– Leigh Fossan, Painting Blue Water
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