Paint and Nectar is the second book in Ashley Clark’s Heirloom Secrets series. I really enjoyed book one, The Dress Shop on King Street, so I was excited to start this one! While this is book 2 of the series, it easily reads as a stand-a-lone.
I really like Ms. Clark’s writing style and this story, in addition to being a time-slip, which I love, was full of southern charm. The theme of the feud between the families and the missing silver spoon was perfectly intertwined throughout.
While I really liked both stories, William and Eliza’s story was my favorite. It was equal parts beautiful and heartbreaking. I really loved their relationship and even though it was a rough road, I loved how their story ended.
As for Declan and Lucy’s story, Declan was a bit frustrating at times because I wanted him to stand up for himself and Lucy more, but it was understandable because of the situation he was in. I can’t say more because- spoilers!
I’m looking forward to the next story in this series! Ashley Clark is an author to watch!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is light.
Charming, a treasure, all the good things to savor in this fabulous book. After reading The Dress Shop on King Street and falling in love with this author’s writing style, I am in love again! This book has that certain something that sparkles like a fine jewel. So heartfelt and realistic with warm characters that you cannot help but root for. We see the beauty of a garden through the eyes of the artist, Eliza. And the beauty of an old house in the heart of Lucy who wants to preserve a piece of old Charleston. The descriptions had me looking up places and wanting to visit the streets that Eliza and Lucy walked on. I love all things historical and am on the side of those who wish to preserve history. It was interesting to learn about the Preservationist movement in the late 1930s that was inspired by a band of artists.
A mystery of lost silver and a feud between families as old as the Civil War adds to the richness of the story. Will the clash carry on for another generation or will Lucy and Declan uncover the truth and put an end to the conflict?
This story is about beauty and what is lasting. As Eliza’s mother said: “We can allow beauty to point us toward the God who made it.” It was also a thing of beauty to see how both storylines converged absolutely perfectly.
This is a book I will treasure.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
5 + stars and a strong faith thread
In 1929, a spark forms between Eliza, a talented watercolorist, and William, a charming young man with a secret that could ruin her career. Their families forbid their romance because of a long-standing feud over missing heirloom silver. Still, Eliza and William's passion grows despite the barriers, causing William to deeply regret the secret he's keeping . . . but setting things right will come at a cost.
In present-day Charleston, a mysterious benefactor gifts Lucy Legare an old house, along with all the secrets it holds--including enigmatic letters about an antique silver heirloom. Declan Pinckney, whom Lucy's been avoiding since their disastrous first date, is set on buying her house for his family's development company. As Lucy uncovers secrets about the house, its garden, and the silver, she becomes more determined than ever to preserve the historic Charleston property, not only for history's sake but also for her own.
Bethany House Publishing, May 2021
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