BOOK REVIEW: THE SENSE OF PAPER
War journalist Charlotte (Charlie) Hudson is having a rough time trying to forget what happened to her in Kosovo. It haunts her each day and has also helped to destroy her marriage.
In order to help her forget what has happened, Charlie becomes consumed with artist JMW Turner's work and the history of paper. On a visit to an art supply store, Charlie becomes mesmerized by the different kinds of paper. She wondered what kind of paper Turner would use. It just so happened that Alan Matheson was standing nearby. He was an artist and Turner scholar. It didn't take long for Charlie to become drawn to Alan. As he encouraged her interest in paper, the two fell in love.
Charlie soon learns that Alan has his own problems. There were many skeletons in his closet as well as hers.
What happens to Charlie and Alan?
This is a fascinating novel to read - one that will hold your interest throughout the book. The two main characters are well drawn and the reader will feel the mystique and wonder about each of them as they read through the book. For anyone who is an art historian, this book will be a double treat to read. The one thing that really makes this such an interesting read is how these two people were brought together - by their mutual interest in the artist Turner and their fascination with paper. This is an engrossing read and one that I highly recommend. To top it off, it is Taylor Holden's debut novel!
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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