Portraits: The Power of Undying Love
Warning: This is a Tearjerker! I’ve always loved “unique stuff” so it was
a given that I loved this strange and enchanting story! In her first novel,
Portraits: The Power of Undying Love, Jade Sterling, provides
readers with an unbelievable mystery, a heartbreaking love, and inspired
forgiveness. That’s combined with portraits of the past, a touch of magic,
and a fulfillment of destiny. Merged together it results in one of the most
fascinating romances I’ve ever read!
A strange bequest comes
to Emily! It not only is strange to not know from whom the money came, it
is strange because it sets off a series of questions and discoveries that
finally results in a separation from her husband, Greg. Greg had promised
his “Princess” that he would love and protect her; however, Emily felt his
actions were based upon jealousy, possessiveness and a lack of trust. With
these long-standing feelings, it was not surprising when money came to both
Emily, and also to her father, that it would mean trouble.
The real breaking point
for Emily, however, was finding that Greg had withheld a letter from a
publishing company to whom she had applied for work. When Emily received
the phone call asking why she had not responded to their letter and that
they were very interested in hiring her to create a number of front covers
for their magazine, she never once thought of saying no. She agreed to fly
to New York to discuss a contract and their assignments. Nothing Greg could
say would explain his opening and not bringing home this important letter
that had been addressed directly to her. This was not about protection,
this was about control—and Emily could no longer adapt to Greg’s obsessions!
But while in New York,
Emily Brooks met Scott Harrison and immediately both Emily and Scott were
caught in an unearthly magnetism which led to a brief love affair. Why did
Emily feel as if she had already met Scott, her new boss? Why did he look
so familiar to Emily? How could Emily and Scott come to love each other so
much and so soon?
They say in Greek
mythology that three goddesses control fate, or destiny. Clotho wove life
based upon a thread to the past. Lachesis measured that thread, deciding
when destiny would come about and Atropos would cut that thread, sometimes
through a death. They come into our lives at birth, spinning good or evil,
manipulating the threads of our lives. Was it destiny? We don’t know!
What we do know is that neither Emily nor Scott wanted to fall in love.
Scott was a committed husband and Christian. Emily, though hurt and
confused by her husband’s actions, would never have picked her new married
boss for a lover! She knew that could only lead to trouble and
Emily was commissioned
to create a cover for a feature story on the survivors of the Titanic.
Through a series of interviews, readers are provided a variety of
well-researched information on the survivors and what happened to them and
in learning these details, Emily is slowly able to piece together the
mystery. But it was too late!
Sterling brings her
characters to life through intimate dialogue and internal thoughts. Emily
may be your best friend. Scott is so conflicted that you can feel his
confusion and inner turmoil. Greg’s personality change, as it evolves,
moves readers from early anger for his actions into a warm respect and
admiration for the love and support he finally gives to his wife.
Is this a happily ever
after book? Some may think so. But I have to wonder. Will destiny try
again and will the goddess Atropos allow a different ending some time in the
future? Portraits brings the past and present together in an
unforgettable magical fulfillment of love once lost. Can the power of
undying love ever really end?
This novel tops the
normal top scale! I give it a 5+ and consider it a must-read for
romance lovers everywhere!
G. A. Bixler
IP Book Reviewer
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