Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: 1/14/2020
Pages: 400 (eBook)
North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher’s life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women’s Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold—until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.
North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder.
I cannot think of a better way to start 2020 than with a great Diane Chamberlain book!
Told in alternating time periods we have two artists, Morgan and Anna. Morgan has been hired to restore a very large mural that has not been seen in about eight decades. Anna is the artist of this mural and it is up to Morgan to uncover its secrets and to discover why it has been hidden away for so long.
I knew this was a historical fiction book before jumping in, but I was pleasantly surprised by the captivating mystery that was written throughout. Nothing makes me happier than when I can combine my love of historical fiction with my love of mysteries!
I was slightly more drawn to Anna’s storyline than Morgan’s. Anna is confident and yet there is an underlying sadness due to the recent loss of her mother. Being given this opportunity to paint the mural is just the fresh start she needs. Morgan’s storyline is compelling and her growth and self-awareness is admirable. Her determination to finish restoring the mural is unwavering.
Diane Chamberlain is a gifted storyteller and never disappoints! I am a fan for life!
*Thank you St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.
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