Ramblings

The Painter by Arleen Jennings

Today is the last day of Indie April and what better way to celebrate this month than by sharing a book from one of my good friends. I beta read this book and it has been such an amazing journey to see Arleen pour herself into creating it. I haven’t read the finished version, but it’s on my to-read list and I’m excited to do it.

BLURB

While painting, Claire jumps at the sound of a loud crash, which causes her to drop a loaded brush of paint onto the watercolor paper. She manages to spill the jar of water too. The painting is ruined. Or is it? To her astonishment, three perfectly painted teenage boys fill the paper. But how? Once she realizes others can see the boys too, she’s at a loss. Not knowing what else to do, she turns her attention from how it happened to why.

Weeks later, Claire is stunned when she meets a woman at Frontier Days who recognizes the boys in the painting. Though her account is heartbreaking, the details spur Claire to ask for permission to come see where the boys grew up. There she meets Chase, a strong yet broken rancher.

As their friendship deepens, more of Claire’s paintings change and she is determined to find their purpose. An unlikely cast of characters weave their way into her heart and turn this unbelievable tale into a real-life adventure of love, loss, and the need for forgiveness.

WILL CHASE’S PAST CAUSE HIM TO DESTROY ALL THE GOOD THAT CLAIRE UNCOVERS THROUGH HER PAINTINGS?
‘Love gained, love lost . . . calamity makes or breaks a man . . . and yet, sometimes it’s both.’

 

FIRST PARAGRAPH

Claire’s heart raced as she walked into Casper Events Center. The Wyoming High School Art Symposium was her favorite event of the year and she wanted to see every exhibit. As soon as they entered the auditorium, she grabbed Tim’s hand and hurried him toward the first display booth. “Isn’t this cool?”