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Love’s Portrait by Anna Larner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Molly is excited by the prospect of making the museum where she is curator for art more diverse. Upon an encounter with the mysterious benefactor Georgina Wright, Molly finds herself swept away in the wonderful world of discovering the meaning behind a piece of artwork, a portrait belonging to Georgina’s late father, but also in discovering the real Georgina so many don’t get to see. Upon discovering who is in the beloved portrait and who the real artist is, Molly is determined to honour the memory of the women and the meaning of it all, but she needs Georgina’s help.
This was so sweet, and lovely, and cute, and romantic, and I just got so lost in the romance inside the romance that I was genuinely in love with the story and blown away by the end. This is only the second story I have read by Anna Larner but I am in awe of her ability to capture such passion, longing, and love as she has with Love’s Portrait. It was truly beautiful, even the more tragic elements and I longed to learn that there was happiness and there was. I adored every second and became fully immersed in the story to the point I just couldn’t put it down.
Molly and Georgina were wonderful, from their first awkward and angst filled meeting, to their acquaintance blossoming to friendship and more. Their story was the epitome of great art itself, almost so that it could be the most wonderful painting of all. I adored the whole premise and them working together but also unsure of one another and their feelings and what it all meant. They were really in the moment, carried away by wonder and I think for me a lot of that was sparked because Molly was just so infectious. I just couldn’t help but be excited with her and for her, and also anxious when she was, nervous when she was, and sad when she was uncovering the truth about Josephine and Edith, and the portrait, it was quite the connection. And the same went for Georgina, she was carrying around so heavy baggage and just being around Molly helped her to temporarily forget and just get carried away.
It was so beautiful and romantic, the whole story and I would love to not only see more of Molly and Georgina in future, but also of the other romance that was explored in this story. A full story about Edith and Josephine would be so perfect because the glimpses in this just were not enough for me.
My words just cannot express enough how wonderful this was to read but it is definitely a romance I recommend for everyone. It is perfect!
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