Artistic License by Katie Fforde

By Katie Fforde

Single, thritysomething Thea traded her promising occupation as a photographer for the quiet nation-state of the English Cotswalds. but if she meets a promising, attractive Irish painter whereas traveling in Provence, her artistic spirit is suddenly reawakened.

Impressed by means of Rory's attraction, yet much more taken via his expertise, Thea is set to show off his work for the paintings global. Resisting his intercourse charm, convincing him to forgo the London artwork scene, and reworking an deserted development right into a state-of-the-art gallery within the less-than-hip nation-state all supply Thea extra of a problem than she bargained for.

Add to the combination a bunch of previous acquaintances, a few reluctant adolescents, a passel of domestic dogs, and a brand new romantic prospect or , and Katie Fforde's newest novel can provide artwork, friendship, love, intercourse, and scrumptious new beginnings.

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I went early, taught myself to draw and, at first, followed the party line. At that time anything representational was considered naff. Only abstract or conceptual work was thought worth anything. ’ ‘I am on an art appreciation course. ’ ‘Sorry. I was forgetting. ’ ‘Well, I did the conceptual stuff, the dustbins full of road kill, the giant aquarium with amputated limbs suspended in jelly. And I did the abstracts, great swirling balls of fuck-all, which I made out represented “anger” or “grief”.

Milk? ’ She handed her guest a mug, with suitable additions. ‘Are you related to Molly, too? ’ Usually, by this time, Thea would have got over her feeling of awkwardness at being caught with her kitchen at its worst, but as he kept looking around him like a character in a science fiction movie beamed down into a strange land, she felt obliged to distract him with questions she didn’t want to know the answer to. ‘We’re some sort of cousins. You’d have to ask Molly about how many times removed we are.

Molly regarded Thea crossly. ‘Honestly, Thea …’ Just before Thea could respond Molly remembered that Thea had only had two days to get ready for this trip. ‘Of course, it was terribly short notice and I’m really pleased you could come …’ Thea smiled. ‘And I’m really pleased you asked me. ’ ‘Oh, my goodness! ’ ‘I must say,’ said Thea, weak with relief that nothing was found wrong with her passport and that the last-minute changes to her ticket were all in order, ‘I’m looking forward to not having to think for a bit and just follow our tour guide like a sheep.

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