Friday, May 21, 2021

PAINT AND NECTAR by Ashley Clark, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

Ashley Clark has penned another captivating split time story with the second novel in her Heirloom Secrets series, Paint and Nectar. The gorgeous cover attracted me first, and after I read the premise, I knew I had to read it. Although it can be read as a standalone book, I would recommend reading the first novel, The Dress Shop on King Street first, as there are several characters from it that show up in the new tale. With beautiful prose and skillful weaving of the storylines, Clark brings the realistic, colorful and engaging characters to life and paints a delicious picture of southern life in Charleston.
An old family feud between the Pinckneys and the Legares over stolen family silver carries over into both of the timelines and wreaks havoc in the lives of William and Eliza in 1929 and Lucy and Declan in the present day. Various twists and turns add intrigue and adventure to the story. Themes of preserving history and following your dreams run through the tale with an added takeaway of forgiveness and hope. I’m looking forward to reading more stories from this talented author. 4.5 stars
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own. 

BackCover Blurb:
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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