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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Review: Watercolors in the Rain by Kay Springsteen


Print Length: 411 pages
Publisher: EsKape Press (September 29, 2015)


From Goodreads.com: When graphic designer Eve St. Aubin walks into an art exhibit and finds herself in a heated kiss with world renowned artist Kyle Sebastian, her memories whisk her back to the summer they’d shared five years earlier. He’d been her mentor in more ways than one… until he left without a word. Now she has nothing to say to him… or at least that’s what she keeps telling herself. 

When he met Eve, Kyle’s career had been in the tank. Lighting the fuse on her talent had rekindled his own artistic ability. Loving her, watching her blossom as a woman had inspired him to new heights. He'd had to let her go back then, but he always knew he'd see her again. Now that he has, he's not prepared for the edgy woman she’s become, nor did he expect he'd still be in love with her. 


When explanations aren’t that simple, and no common ground seems to be had, how will they overcome their past to create a future? Or can they? 



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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5 

This was a novel that solidly hit middle of the road for me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. I just LIKED it. 

The characters were obviously well-planned out in advance, and seriously well developed. The story-line was unique and moved at a fairly steady pace - however I felt like maybe this story just had too many details - and some were not needed at all. For example - there is a line that has Eve stopping to remove a pebble from her shoe. That line (in my opinion) did nothing to move the story along, nor was it instrumental to the plot. It almost seemed as though the author added these extras in to add to the word count - and because I've read this author before and know what she's capable of - it seemed very odd and out of place to me. 

Aside from that - I very much enjoyed this story. I loved seeing how these characters first met, and how their relationship evolved from its humble beginnings to what it was at the end. And even when I did not agree with how certain things were handled, I can certainly understand why the characters chose to act the way that they did. 

One of the things I also very much enjoyed about this story was the fact that there was a more substantial age difference between these characters than what we usually see. I liked seeing how they were able to set that aside and focus on what was more important - their mutual interests and love in art. It was art that ultimately brought them together, and artistic quotes that were peppered throughout the story that will resonate with you long after you've stopped reading.

Overall, I would recommend this novel to those of you that enjoy a well thought out and unique story-line with characters that will speak to you on a level deeper than just your average run of the mill story. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.
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Watercolors in the Rain is available from Amazon.com

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