A Portrait of Emily Price *****
by Katherine Reay
Overview: Emily Price restores things for her job...burned houses, broken valuables, damaged paintings. And she thinks she can restore relationships in the same way.
On a business trip, Emily falls in love with an Italian chef visiting the town where she is working. In a whirlwind romance, they marry and return to Italy. What is waiting for her in Italy is a huge, Italian family with a lot of brokenness. Will she be able to repair it? Will she just make it worse? Will she be able to find a place in this family?
Positive elements: a well-written, clean story, full of wonderful Italian food
Negative elements: none
Conclusion: This is the third book I've read by Katherine Reay. I really enjoyed her first book Dear Mr. Knightly. I didn't like this book as much. It's strange to read a love story where they meet, fall in love, and get married in a few days. The real story of this book is what happens after the "romance" when she's in Italy. So, again, I appreciate Katherine Reay's creative approach, but the story felt a bit unbelievable.