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The Memory Painter
Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there's a secret to his success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. When Bryan awakes, he possesses extraordinary ...more
I don't usually enjoy historical flashbacks, but these functioned more like short stories, and ended up being entirely relevant to the plot.
If you would prefer a drug-free approach to recalling you ...more
My purchase of Gwendolyn Womack’s The Memory Painter was something of a surprise. I mean no offense, but when push comes to shove I’m a bit of a penny pincher and rarely buy books blindly. Truth is, I’d not heard of this piece before spotting the striking yellow cover at the Historical Novel Society Conference bookstore and was entirely unfamiliar with the author. I queried a handful of my peers and while they agreed the boo ...more
At the onset, I expected a novel like Bel Canto that showcased the power of art, mixed with a love story that bounced through time like The Time Traveler’s Wife. What delights me about the story is that it defies categorization.
Author Gwendolyn Womack has crafted a book that combines a love story, science fiction, historical fiction, and ...more
The mystery deepens when Gwen sees the recurring nightmare that ...more
I read this one because my mom had gotten it from the library and thought I might like it due to the Time Trave ...more
What if the lives you remember could lead to your one true love?
What if you learned, that for thousands of years, a deadly enemy has conspired to keep the two of you apart?"
That was on the back cover and it intrigued me. What if you were able to dream your past lives? In this book a man dreams them and paints them. It's a mystery to be solved because the same people occur over and over throughout their lives. The mystery is t ...more
A TEAM OF SCIENTISTS AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF MEMORY RESEARCH. A MIRACLE DRUG THAT UNLOCKS AN ANCIENT MYSTERY.
That sounded like my kind of book! In reality, I really don't think I am the target audience for this - it's a little too fantasy for my liking.
That doesn't stop this being an amazing first book by this author - I could really appreciate the effort put into the many, often unheard of, historical characters and t ...more
“Our fates are intertwined. I will find you again and again until we build a bridge back to this life. Nothing is ever lost.”
My god it has been a while since a book had such a profound impact on me. I read a lot and constantly therefore find myself being harder and harder to impress. However, this read has totally blew me away. I have raved to anyone who would listen about how much I was enjoying the book. Gwendo...more
Ryan Pierce is a reclusive, but internationally known artist. His skills and success as an artist are renown, and the images he paints comes from his dreams. His studio walls are covered in paintings to numerous to count. Each painting more vivid than the next, captures a different time in history, a different place and each depict an intimate moment in a person’s life or death. Because he can remember intricate details and feelings Brian believes these dreams may actually be flashbacks t ...more
I would liked to have given it more than three stars but it just didn't grip me like I was hoping.
I loved the premise of the book and some of the characters a lot, well, Linz and Bryan as themselves. I just couldn't get into living all of the lives they live and looking into the past. Of course, you throw in some evilness and there you go.
The way it ends leaves it wide open for ...more
**This book was sent to me in exchange for my honest review**
I thought this was great read. Especially for a debut author. Gwendolyn Womack is a good writer. So detailed and thorough in her storytelling. I was fascinated by the premise of the book, which she describes as a "supernatural historical thriller about a group of neuroscientists who unlock the secret to reincarnation". And that's the cliff notes version of what this book is about! There is SO much to explore and learn ...more
Also, a book about reincarnation is most likely going to fall into the standard cliche ...more
First basic premise of the reincarnation love story: in every past life, the characters were not just a peasant raising pigs or even a dog or a tree, but someone historically famous. Someone’s who name is still a household name today.
The twist in this book is that as the the couple remember their different lives, they also recover the skills they earned in that life. I think Ms. Womack has just added a trope ...more
For me personally Womack hit the mark with this one and if you enjoy any of the topics i tagged this book with, get yourself a copy and join Bryan on his own - and ours - journey through life.
From ancient Egypt to modern day Boston, Womack weaved a fluid and just dam near perfect story of love, loss, war, immortality and knowledge that will make this baby very hard to put down...very hard!
What if a drug was fo ...more
I was impressed by the last hundred or so pages, though, as the plot picked up; Womack has her MFA in screen writing and theatre, according to the inside flap, and it's very, very obvious. The plo ...more
This page turner captured my imagination and would not let go. The story spans time and space and is perfectly told. Brilliant debut for Ms. Womack. Congratulations. Looking forward to the next one.
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