Friday, December 01, 2006

Kate Lloyd's A Portrait of Marguerite ~ Reviewed

A Portrait of Marguerite
By Kate Lloyd
Published by RiverOak
ISBN 1-5891-9056-4

When single mom Marguerite Carr's son leaves for college, she feels as though her whole life has lost its focus. When a friend drags Marguerite to a drawing class—her first since college—she discovers her long-lost passion for painting, finds unexpected love, and most of all learns that God's unfailing love and tender forgiveness covers all—even our deepest, darkest secrets.

A Portrait of Marguerite is one of the best debut novels I've read. Although I found Marguerite's epiphany moment to be tied up into too neat a little package, it didn't spoil the story for me, and she avoided the temptation to give all the sub-plots a tidy ending. One in particular was left wide open. Life is like that and I found this reality a refreshing change.

I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel from Lloyd and read it in only two sittings. Bravo, Kate. I'm looking forward to reading more from you. Novel Reviews gives A Portrait of Marguerite a high recommendation.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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