Publish June 21, 2014 by Halcyon Moon Books
She considers telling him the truth—that she isn’t the person he thinks she is—but in the end she doesn’t. To say something is to potentially say everything. And it is simply too late...
The emotionally fractured casualty of a hideous childhood tragedy, Catherine has at last found her happy-ever-after in the person of Grayson Barnett, and it is the promise of a freshly polished future that compels her to bury the poisonous trail of her past beneath the purposeful lies and omissions she offers her new husband.
But now, with the inherent shame of her traumatic history secreted away and losing hold, Cat finds herself increasingly troubled as Gray falls into an erratic pattern of late night wanderings through the house, painting the bare walls with extravagant murals. And only when the unthinkable happens—a devastating blow which leaves her broken and spiraling—and an unexpected arrival on her doorstep, bearing a cache of impossible revelations—is Cat forced to question whether the man she so desperately loves is in truth a stranger and their beautiful life a gross falsehood constructed upon a foundation of lies.
I was not sure what to expect with Painted From Memories but as I started reading I was thrilled with the detail that Barbara Forte Abate put into each and every paragraph. I could picture exactly what Cat and Gray were doing and what they were seeing. I could hear exactly what they were hearing. I am not sure that I have ever read a book that was a descriptive.
There are multiple storylines in this book. They intertwined perfectly. I enjoyed knowing Cat’s present and finding out about her past at the same time. The looks into her life living in foster care with her sister shows the reader the reasons that she is how she is as an adult. The things she had to deal with growing up are the reasons she is needy and scared a lot of the time. Without knowing these I believe Cat would have appeared weak and had not been a character that I enjoyed getting to know.
The emotions in this book pull the reader in, making them empathize with Cat and Gray. I felt like I was right in the situations with them and could feel what they were feeling. There is so much to this book that I have to recommend you read it. I can guarantee that you will not be able to put it down.