The Woman in the Painting, Kerry Postle

The Woman in the Painting, Kerry Postle

The Woman in the Painting: Gripping historical fiction with a heartbreaking love story by [Kerry Postle]

Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Well, I was so sure I’d love this book, but after restarting several times I’ve given up. It doesn’t say romance in the genre, but the blurb certainly promises a star crossed lovers theme, a kind of Romeo and Juliet affair, but at 40% we’ve still only met Margarita a handful of times.
Maybe its just my expectations that are wrong, but I assumed a romance would be developing here but so far its nothing but Raphael’s lust at first sight, Pietro’s adoration of Raphael, and Margarita busy with her everyday life, not interested in the painter or being painted.
I love art and did enjoy the descriptions of the paintings and processes, but they were pretty brief. I love historical reads but I just didn’t feel “there”, back into the 1500s. It could have been any time period, apart from a few brief exceptions. I wanted to feel the richness of Rome, the lushness of clothes, the contrast between poverty and riches that was so prevalent then ( and now I guess…). I did get irritated at how everyone except Raphael was corrupt. I know it happened then and now, but surely there were some good folk? Raphael came off as a bit too good to be true while everyone else was irredeemably bad.

Stars: Two. A book I wanted so much to love but which just didn’t work for me. As ever that’s a personal issue, others will and do love it.

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