Paint Me True
written by E.M. Tippetts
published by Emily Tippetts
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Why did I pick this book: I read Someone Else’s Fairytale by this author and really enjoyed it. The author recommended her first book to me and gave me a copy. I couldn’t wait to read it! (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: Yes, I did. I read it every free chance I had. In fact, I finished the book in a day…that’s how good it was. I could not put it down.
What I really enjoyed about this book was that I felt all of the emotions that the characters were feeling. It is something that doesn’t happen often for me. I laughed out loud – especially during the steak house date scene. That was funny! I cried, I hoped, I bit my lip with anxiousness. I experienced it all as I was reading! Thank you, Ms. Tippetts, for that!!
I also liked that the characters were real…they weren’t ideal or perfect. Each one had a flaw or quirk or something not perfect about them. That is refreshing. Usually characters are written perfectly – the ideal woman, the perfect boyfriend, etc – but in this book there were no “perfect” characters. All of the characters were complex and likeable in their own ways…and unlikeable in other ways.
Len is my favorite. He is an every day nerd…but a loveable nerd. Nora is the second mother who has her own secrets that she wishes to stay hidden. Louisa was the overprotective sister and nosy neighbor who turns out to be much different.
Eliza was a complex character for me. At first, I really didn’t like her. I thought she was shallow, stuck up and way too full of herself. Eliza and her friends also acted rather young for her almost 31 years. And her “rules” for a guy that wants to date her??? Oh, my! That was kind of bothersome. But then, you find out her true self and everything she has been through. This redeemed her for me and helped me to better understand her. She is real, she is complex, she is who she is and finds herself through a series of stories and paintings.
Would I recommend it: I definitely would. I would recommend any of Ms. Tippetts books.
Will I read it again: I don’t know if I will read it again. It is a rather sad book…but a quick read that evoked many emotions. Hmmmm…only time will tell.
About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Eliza Dunmar is a professional artist who has had a rough life, losing every older female relative except one to cancer. She is about to turn thirty-one, she is still single, and must leave the singles ward of her church. Eliza’s current boyfriend is addicted to video games, dresses on the slobbish side, and dumps Eliza at a steakhouse.
Eliza’s Aunt Nora calls her from England and asks her to come help her out after she broke her arm. Eliza is on the next flight to England. Her aunt is being rather obstinate about getting x-rays and scans that are needed. In order to persuade her aunt, Eliza promises to paint Nora any picture that she wants. Nora chooses scenes from her courtship and marriage to her husband.
Along the way, Eliza learns that no relationship is perfect. Everyone has a secret. And she grows up, finds her true self, and her true love.