Thursday, October 5, 2017

Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands

 
 
Arianna and Ben had the perfect life...childhood sweethearts, family-owned business, and most importantly each other.

Their perfect life was shattered when Ben was diagnosed with dementia at a young age.  As the disease progressed, it became more and more difficult to cope with the illness to the point of Arianna's children worrying that they were going to lose her too.

The children booked their mother a trip back to her beloved France where she had spent a month or so during college.  The trip was for two weeks at an art retreat to try to take her mind off of the stress of Ben and her loss of him even though he was still living.

Arianna met wonderful people at the art retreat, but would the trip and the time away help her to realize she is alone and must learn to cope with the loneliness?

DRAWING LESSONS has absolutely marvelous descriptions that put you right into the story and into France soaking in the landscape and drooling over all the delicious-sounding food.

The characters were ones that would be great to be with.  They all had their quirks as well as their endearing qualities that made the group well-rounded and enjoyable as companions.

If you enjoy traveling, reading about France's beautiful landscapes and life of the French people, French artists especially Vincent Van Gogh, making new friends, and helping another person to feel welcome and overcome a problem, then DRAWING LESSONS will be an enjoyable read for you.

DRAWING LESSONS was a beautiful, heartfelt story about truly examining your life for the pleasures you have enjoyed and the pleasures you need to look for and experience. 4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the author in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.



15 comments:

  1. Have you read this book yet?

    Thanks for stopping.

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    1. Parts were sad, but it was very good. The descriptions made you want to get on a plane and go to France. :)

      Thanks for commenting, reeca.

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  3. I do love any book set in France so this sounds good to me.

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    1. It was so beautifully detailed. France sounds marvelous.

      Thanks for commenting, Kathy.

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  4. Oh this sounds really good although I can only imagine it is sad too. I am going to put it on my list of wanting to read.

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    1. It is sad, but more a happy read.

      Thanks for commenting, Kathryn.

      I think you would like the book.

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  5. It sounds like a lovely novel and one I want to read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it, Elizabeth.

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    1. I think this one will appeal to you, Mary.

      Thanks for commenting.

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  6. I have been eyeing this book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. I think you will enjoy the book, Laurel.

      Thanks for commenting.

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    1. It was a comforting read in its own way and also sad.

      Thanks for commenting, Holly.

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  8. This sounds like a beautiful, touching book. Lovely review!

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    1. Thank you, Suko.

      I try to express my feelings in my reviews. It was lovely.

      Thanks for commenting.

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