Book Review: Painted From Memories by: Barbara Forte Abate

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Halcyon Moon Books

Publication Date: June 21, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: She considers telling him the truth—that she isn’t the person he thinks she is—but in the end she doesn’t. To say something is to potentially say everything. And it is simply too late... 

The emotionally fractured casualty of a hideous childhood tragedy, Catherine has at last found her happy-ever-after in the person of Grayson Barnett, and it is the promise of a freshly polished future that compels her to bury the poisonous trail of her past beneath the purposeful lies and omissions she offers her new husband. 

But now, with the inherent shame of her traumatic history secreted away and losing hold, Cat finds herself increasingly troubled as Gray falls into an erratic pattern of late night wanderings through the house, painting the bare walls with extravagant murals. And only when the unthinkable happens—a devastating blow which leaves her broken and spiraling—and an unexpected arrival on her doorstep, bearing a cache of impossible revelations—is Cat forced to question whether the man she so desperately loves is in truth a stranger and their beautiful life a gross falsehood constructed upon a foundation of lies.

Review: Painter Catherine Barnett was never the woman her wonderful husband, Grayson, thought she was. She survived a horrid childhood and never wanted him to know of her suffering or scars. They couple buys a new house and after a while Grayson, also an artist, stays up to all hours painting murals and growing distant. When a tragedy takes away Catherine’s happiness, she spirals into a dark depression until a mysterious person shows up on her doorstep. With this arrival Catherine has to reevaluate her life with Grayson and faces the truth her life with him may have been covering more than her own lies. PAINTED FROM MEMORIES is written with such beautiful and desolate images you cannot bear to put the book down. We all have our demons we try to hide from our loved ones, but some are too powerful too stay buried forever. PAINTED FROM MEMORIES is a story which will cause you to reflect on yourself as you share Catherine’s pain. I can’t give away too much, because PAINTED FROM MEMORIES is a tale you must experience for yourself.

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