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Painted From Memories

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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 pol
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 21st 2014 by Halcyon Moon Books (first published June 19th 2014)
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Sandra Stiles
Jun 23, 2014 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
As I started this book I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The book is written in such a way you must continue to read. You have multiple story lines throughout that are all intwined. We find Cat, a young scarred woman who has recently married. She has never told her husband of her past for fear he will find her hideous. As a child she watched her parents constantly fight. It culminated in her father killing her mother and then taking his own life. Her younger sister who was only two at the ...more
Jul 09, 2014 Maryellen rated it it was amazing
There's an old house in Lost River, Maine. Gray says that all they have to do is pay the back taxes on it and it's theirs. Cat wonders why he'd want the big old house that needs endless amounts of work just to make it livable. But for Cat, wherever Gray is, is home.

Catherine and Grayson Barnett met when she was painting a mural. Grayson would come and watch her every brush stroke. Both artists, Gray and Cat would fall into a deep and passionate love. The kind of love that we all dream of. The ki
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 21st 2014 by Halcyon Moon Books
ISBN 0692209344 (ISBN13: 9780692209349)
edition language English
other editions None found
Source:Digital copy from author

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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,
Jun 24, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
What an honor to preview Barbara Forte Abate’s new book Painted From Memories. I’ve read her earlier books (The Secret of Lies and Asleep Without Dreaming) and found each one to be more complex and engaging than the last as she claims her remarkable voice and speaks it with increasing confidence and skill. This book takes a giant leap towards deserving to be on the main stage among women’s literature. For the record, I am very stingy with my five star ratings, reserving them only for books that ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Kimberly rated it liked it
I am not a fan of the cover, despite the fact that after readingPainted From Memories, I see how it fits. Do not let it distract you because beneath this plain Jane cover lies a beautiful literary fiction. Barbara Forte Abatesharesan interesting tale with two quirky, artistic types set in the small rural town of Lost River, Maine.Painted From Memoriesis agrippingtale with several threads that had me lost within its pages.

Painted from Memories shares apassionate romance between two complicated pe
Sep 23, 2014 Star rated it really liked it
Painter Catherine Barnett was never the woman her wonderful husband, Grayson, thought she was. She survived a horrid childhood and never wanted him to know of her suffering or scars. They couple buys a new house and after a while Grayson, also an artist, stays up to all hours painting murals and growing distant. When a tragedy takes away Catherine’s happiness, she spirals into a dark depression until a mysterious person shows up on her doorstep. With this arrival Catherine has to reevaluate her ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Marybethstevens rated it it was ok
I finished this book, but barely. I think the author needs to lose the thesaurus and the techniques from Creative Writing 101 and just tell the story. Every noun does not need an adjective, every verb does not need an adverb, and complicated sentences do not equal good writing. The writing was tortured, as was the story, the timeline was unclear, characters not well-drawn. Why did I finish it? Well, I think there is the germ of a story here, but more of a short story, not a novel. This is my ...more
Barbara Abate
Jun 23, 2014 Barbara Abate rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, honestly ... you knew this thoroughly unbiased review was coming. Right?
Kristin Walcott Figueroa
I received a request from the author, Barbara Forte Abate, to review her latest novel, Painted From Memories. I had read and reviewed another one of her novels, The Secret of Lies, and really enjoyed it. So I was looking forward to reading her latest work. I have to say I was not disappointed.

Ms. Abate has a gift for navigating the emotional terrain of her female protagonists. In her latest work, the lead character, Cat, must overcome a terrible childhood that left her and her sister orphans an
Kathryn Svendsen
Painted From Memories is a very melancholy read. The main protagonist has had something very traumatic happen in her childhood and she has secreted it away from everyone. She hides it even from the man she desperately loves fearing it will turn him away from her.

Much of the story is written as her reflections and thoughts on things and her musings on the past. This is how we discover what terrible things happened to create the fractured person she is today. Every day she lives she seems to be wa
Sep 13, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it
I am the very lucky winner of this book from Goodreads Book Giveaways! Not only author signed, but signed personally to me!
I don't know who could read this story and not reflect on their own past. It is heart-aching to think that growing up in Cat's, Gray's or Rance's childhood can actually be a reality. Barbara Forte Abate portrays this reality through the characters in her story who silently suffer until they reach the point where they find themselves capable of moving on. Eloquently written,
Ruth Turner
Sep 13, 2016 Ruth Turner rated it it was amazing
Different for sure but it was a good read.
Charlotte Lynn
Aug 19, 2014 Charlotte Lynn rated it really liked it
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
Nov 30, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok
The description of this book intrigued me; the rating was fairly high; it was free from Book Bub -- all together it sounded like a winning combination. In reality, the ONLY good thing about this book is it was free.

The writing is a huge negative for me. Descriptions are overdone to the extreme; almost every sentence has some odd simile and adjectives are all on steroids. The result is a book that doesn't flow, with writing that is extremely distracting.

The storyline is equally odd -- when I fin
Mary Beth Ford
Feb 25, 2015 Mary Beth Ford rated it it was amazing
Barbara Forte Abate has written “Painted From Memories” with eloquent prose. She has created a vivid story with an engaging heroine. Barbara has a gift for painting a picture with her words. She draws you into each scene. You see and feel with her characters. You care about them.

The story unfolds from the voice of Catherine (Cat) who is haunted by memories of a deeply dysfunctional childhood. Cat falls madly in love with Grayson Barnett and begins a new life with him. She doesn’t want her taint
Megan B
Jun 25, 2015 Megan B rated it did not like it
I agree with others on the descriptions being too much and pulling you out of the story. Several times I had to re-read sentences because there was so much additional description I became lost at trying to figure out what had actually happened. "Sharp needles of uncertain excitement prickle her armpits and dart along the perimeter of her scalp when he turns the wheel sharply and swings the truck onto the hard-packed dirt drive". That sentence alone isn't complicated, but that each sentence is ...more
Mary Mooney
Jul 12, 2014 Mary Mooney rated it really liked it
Catherine is marrying Grayson, a man who loves her madly. She believes him but can she ever tell him the truth? She is keeping secrets, will the lies tear them apart when they surface? Follow Cat and Gray from Georgia to Maine. This is a great story and will keep you glued to each page to find out what happens next. The author has a way of making you feel the emotions and the settings in the story. When Cat describes the house in the woods, you feel as if you were standing with her looking at it ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Moa rated it did not like it
This book was a complete waste of time. It's written in a way that is beautiful, but far too complicated for a story this thin. Actually, there isn't much of a story at all. Not until 45% into the book does anything really happen, and it can easily be skimmed to the last 20% without missing anything. In fact, I think 70% of this book could easily be overlooked as repetitive fluff that does nothing to drive this story forward. As if that wasn't enough, the characters, especially the main one, are ...more
Sharon Heaverly Machuga French
May 10, 2016 Sharon Heaverly Machuga French rated it really liked it
This is a difficult book for me to review.

Overall I liked the story development between Cat and Grayson. There are many twists and turns which surprised me because I wasn't expecting them. The book is well written but at times very slow moving. Because of the surprises it kept me reading. Both of the main characters, Cat and Grayson, are complex and I think that is because they don't share much with each other. As a reader, I don't feel I got to know them well.

Most readers will find this book e
Debbie Turner
Nov 16, 2014 Debbie Turner rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of Barbara Forte Abate until I saw her book on Goodreads and entered to win it. I did win it and Barbara autographed it and also included some swag. I was very impressed with the book. It was contemporary but it had happiness, sadness and a lot of other emotions. There was mystery and secrets in it. I really enjoyed it and I do plan on reading more of her books. It was well worth the time it took to read it.
Nov 16, 2014 Shelley rated it it was ok
Although the story was ok the author takes an awfully long time to get her point across. The story line jumps all over the place. As a reader I wanted to reach out and grab Cat the main character and shake her by the shoulders for being so stubborn and stupid. Just not realistic enough for me I guess.
Nov 09, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
Intense story of painful, abusive childhoods and how they affect young, struggling, adults. This tale was hard to keep up with since much of it dealt with fractured memories and fear. I couldn't stop reading, however. I'm glad I finished it - I found it worthwhile, though still with unresolved memories and losses.
Tracy Beth
Sep 23, 2014 Tracy Beth rated it liked it

"Painted From Memories is a heart wrenching story heavy in prose and haunted pasts by Barbara Forte Abate. Cat hides her memories from her new husband, Gray, while trying to build a life full of only love and happiness."
Barbara Bentley
May 20, 2015 Barbara Bentley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You won't want to put it down

There are so many different ways that the author could have gone with the story line I couldn't put it down. I'm going to recommend it to my book club.
Feb 05, 2015 Dee rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
I was pleasantly surprised by this author - new to me, only picked up as a free offer, but well worth reading. Descriptive prose, well-drawn characters, I found it absorbing and would certainly recommend it. No point in detailing the plot, others have done that comprehensively and well.
Sandy Neal
Nov 22, 2014 Sandy Neal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It flowed. Despite the plot and subplots o f loss, abuse, and secrecy, it is a story of coping, resilience, love and using art as a means of working through trauma.

Light reading with serious topic.
Jan 19, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
This wasn't necessarily a bad book, it was just too sad and depressing for me. It's hard to say too much about the book without giving the whole story away. Maybe I was just in the wrong frame of mind, but I now need to read something fun.
Jun 08, 2015 Rissi rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The anguished interior of Cat's mind as she tries to process the violence of her youth, the unconditional love of her new husband, and the overpowering grief at his loss are passionately expressed. I was drawn into her world from the first chapter and not released until the end.
Jan 24, 2015 Joan rated it liked it
I thought it was an interesting story. I felt the writing was lyrical. I do have a complaint though. I felt that the story dragged. It could have been a novella, should have been a novella and not a full length novel. There just wasn't enough substance in my opinion.
Angie Prettyman
Angie Prettyman rated it liked it
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I grew up in a small town in Dutchess County, New York, the third of five children. Although I started my first novel in 4th grade, I didn't recognize what would eventually become a lifelong passion until several years later as I found my thoughts routinely wandering off to inhabit imagined places -- spinning elaborate tales curiously populated by ever-changing collections of strange and unique ...more
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