Painting Rain by Annette K. Larsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook to Review
Genre: Clean Fiction
Book Description: How do you heal your heart after tragedy leaves you broken? When the person you loved didn’t deserve it and they can’t earn your forgiveness because they’re already dead? How do you move on, and heal, and love?
If you’re Princess Lorraina, you paint.
A year ago Lorraina watched Tobias die, and she still doesn't know how she's supposed to heal—or forgive. How can she when she’s still running away? In an attempt to reinvent herself, she steps outside her comfortable life as princess and seeks the tutelage of a master painter—a man who is not at all impressed by her pedigree, and demands not just talent, but emotional honesty.
Struggling to learn what’s being taught, she finds herself drawn to someone who not only knows her secrets, but who she once considered far below her notice. Now she is compelled to seek him out despite knowing their relationship would be forbidden if discovered. Staying away from him doesn’t seem possible when discovering him may be the key to healing her heart and rediscovering herself.
My thoughts; Hard life lessons are often learned after trial. Princess Lorraina is not a stranger to trial. The man she loved was killed before her eyes after he betrayed her. She spent her life separating herself from her sisters and was friendless.
This is book four in a series about Princess sisters. Each of them can be read as a stand alone, but this story was introduced in Missing Lily. It is a easier to follow along if you know what has happened before.
I have read all four of the books and highly recommend them. Each of the sisters have their unique story and personality. Romance is part of this book but I feel it was really about the growth of Lorraina. She comes to know herself and her priorities. Her artwork is a way for her to express herself and let go of her past.
I loved the way she was able to loose herself in painting. She also was taught about the process of creating art, it added a depth to my knowledge and perception as a reader. It was fascinating.
This book contained a little bit of violence and a forbidden love with kissing.