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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  174 reviews
Kat Lind, an American expatriate living in London with her entrepreneur husband and their young son, attends an opening at a prestigious Mayfair art gallery and is astonished to find her own face on the walls. The portraits are evidence of a long-ago love affair with the artist, Daniel Blake. Unbeknownst to her, he has continued to paint her ever since. Kat is seduced by h ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by St. Martin's Press
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Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of The Blue Bath from NetGalley for an honest review. I wish to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press and Mary Waters-Sayer for the opportunity.

What a beautiful read!

Mary Waters-Sayer takes you from the clear, cerulean blue waters of her story to the deepest, darkest secrets of the indigo. Her descriptions of the inner beauty of Parisian streets are liken to your own personal meanderings step upon step in the City of Lights.

Kat Lind is an American living in London with her bus
4.5 stars

This was a story that teetered on the very edge of perfection. It was thought-provoking, stunning and so beautifully written. I wanted to savor it and wallow in the emotions that it managed to drag out of me.

Mary Waters-Sayer paints such a vivid and passionate story that hits home with the notion that there is always more than meets the eye. That no two people will ever view something in exactly the same way, including ourselves.

“If you really see it, then it becomes part of you.”

Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
Kat, an American girl studying in Paris, engages in a passionate affair with Daniel, an artist she meets during her time in the City of Lights. Years later, Daniel has become a famous artist and they meet again when Kat realizes that all of Daniel's best-known works are pictures of her.

I found this book to be predictable, and I failed to see how or why Kat and Daniel were even attracted to each other. Lust perhaps, but certainly not the deep-seeded "soul mate" sort of relationship I believe they
Judy Collins
A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 Stars "A Striking Elegant Cover!"


Mary Waters-Sayer delivers a spellbinding debut-THE BLUE BATH, a woman caught between the present and the past-Paris, a love affair, an artist, a canvas, reflections of beauty and haunting darkness.

Told with breathtaking lyrical poetic prose, and vivid tones—as mesmerizing, and intimate as an artist with its canvas and delicate brushstrokes; glamo
Book of Secrets
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
THE BLUE BATH is a beautifully written story, though not the novel of suspense I was expecting. (My bad!) Instead, this book is about a painter named Daniel, and his muse, Kat, reunited after two decades apart.

The story alternates between Daniel and Kat's passionate yet volatile romance in Paris as 19-year olds, and their present-day reunion in London. Much has happened to complicate things in the 20 years they've been apart, including Kat's marriage to Jonathan and the birth of her son. And, it
Christine Zibas
This book had all the elements that should have drawn me in -- an expat living in London (an experience that paralleled my own), remembrances of a romance in Paris (that too), painting (yes!), a beautiful cover (making me want to read the book), and more. Still, there was something about the story that just left me flat.

It began interestingly enough. An American woman, presently living in London with her successful husband and young child, suddenly comes across the notice of an old flame (a Brit
Connie Anderson
I thought I could just read this one quick. Like others, I was drawn to the tub and the colors. I wasn't looking for or at the Eiffel tower. I don't think it needs to be there. I immediately fell in love with the beauty of the writing. I felt like I was right there like a voyeur of sorts. I could see, feel people pushing in the art show and also the rain, even smell the coffee. It truly was amazing!!!!!

I kind of had a bit of a time wondering where I was and with who at some of the points, like t
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it

Remodeling an old mansion, finding an old flame, having a very successful husband and young son, and dealing with it all.

THE BLUE BATH goes back and forth in time from when Kat was in Paris at art school, living with her lover, Daniel, then to present day with her husband, her son, and the resurgence of her lover.

Kat sees Daniel 20 years later at the opening of a gallery with paintings of her that Daniel had done from when they were together. Would anyone recognize her in the paintings? Kat need
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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I have to say when I first saw the cover of this book I wanted to read it. I read the blurb and thought it sounded good. Unfortunately, this was a 2 star rating through most of the book until I got closer to the end.

The story is about Kat, Jonathan and to a certain extent, their little son Will. They are living in a house they are fixing up. But Jonathan has to go to Hong Kong for work and Will goes off with other family members visiting.

I got confused bec
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The synopsis of this had such promise. And the first half of the book is lovely and mysterious and you really feel a sense of shock and wonder in the description of the paintings during the gallery opening... but that's when the book really started to lose me.

There was just too much going in the end. Too many questions, too many scenarios, too much convenience. And a whole boatload of selfish and thoughtless. The ending genuinely made me roll my eyes.
Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
The Blue Bath was a great vacation time read! Lots of emotion, secrets, interesting characters and passion. Does anyone forget their first love?

The story goes back and forth between Daniel and Kat’s romance in Paris as 19 year olds and their present reunion and risky affair in present time.

In the years that they have been apart Kat has married Jonathan and has a little boy, Will. They are in the process of renovating a home when Kat discovers an art exhibit featuring the works of Daniel. Kat is
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wonderful book!
This is the story of a love affair, first between two young people and when they meet again 20 or so years later.

Kat and Daniel are both students in Paris when they first meet. The fall in love, live together and then Kat leaves. Why? We'll find out later.
Many years later, Kat lives in London with her husband and young son. She finds out about an exposition of Daniel's paintings, meets him again and has an affair with him.
But now she risks everything, Is it worth it?

Going back a
Cindy Burnett
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
The Blue Bath was a middle of the road read for me. I didn't love it, and I didn't hate it. Kat is struggling with her life, and she stumbles when her past runs into her present. I could not relate to Kat nor the choices she made. I also disliked the ending. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the chance to read this novel.
Kimberly Hicks
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone (Especially, Romance Readers)
Recommended to Kimberly by: NetGalley
Shelves: read-on-kindle
What is love? How does one define it? No matter how you view it, love can definitely be shown in various ways. And that, to me, was demonstrated with Kat’s and Daniel’s love affair that ran deeper than the pigment on canvas.

There isn’t a greater honor than to have an artist paint you so the world can see you the way he views you. After all Kat was in Paris. She was nineteen years old, in school and loving life, not having too many cares in the world. One day out in the rain, she holds her camer
Bree T
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was…..weird. And a further reminder why infidelity books so rarely ever work for me.

I thought this one might be an interesting exploration of what it might be like for someone to be confronted with a past great love that was never truly resolved, perhaps delve into a struggle. But to be honest, it wasn’t really like that at all. Kat’s husband is pretty much absent throughout the entire novel, you don’t get a chance to meet him or care for him, he might as well not even exist. And the f
Amy Neftzger
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
There's a lot to like in this book: some nicely written prose, interesting characters in complex relationships, and turns in the plot. What I appreciated most about the book is that it doesn't rely on "finding love" to move the plot or create a happy ending. The main character is at a later stage of life and well-established when she encounters a former lover and wonders what might have been. It's a realistic scenario that involves the kind of choices we all have to make at one time or another, ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! This was an unexpected read. I received it as an ARC from Netgalley and didn't know much about it. It's difficult to describe the genre. It's part women's fiction, part suspense and part literary. I enjoyed it very much and read it in 2 days, which doesn't happen much anymore. It's very well written.
Ericka Seidemann
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley, Mary Waters-Sayer, and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read this book in advance and provide an honest review.

The Blue Bath is an absorbing, tumultuous read from debut author Mary Waters-Sayer. The story centers around Kat Lind, a middle-aged, married mom recently returned to London after the death of her mother. Her days are filled with the mundane: renovating her newly-acquired aging English mansion, taking care of her son, Will, and occasionally speaking on the
Eva • All Books Considered
Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 3 STARS

I really liked the first half of this one -- it flipped back and forth between the past and the present -- between Paris and London -- and it was intriguing. And then the past and the present slam together and I was still intrigued -- a bit put off by some of the ethical dilemma and choices made by Kat but still intrigued -- and then the book just completely jumped the shark. I'm not sure if the author was just going for shock and awe at
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is really different than what I normally choose to read, and while I don't think that this type of book will ever be my first choice, I was very pleasantly surprised by The Blue Bath. It's a slower, more introspective read than my usual - full of regret and guilt and secrets - but it's kind of beautiful for all that. It made me wish that I had used my youth to move to Paris to study and have an ill-advised and torrid love affair with a painter. Even though that's the kind of move that ends ...more
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is what is know as chick lit. If you like chick lit you will probably enjoy reading this. If, on the other hand, that is not your thing, you might find this an odd little book.

I liked the author's very vivid description of Kensington, London, as it was an area I have stayed in each time I have visited London. However, in order to have the protagonist live there, she had to make her extremely wealthy, which distanced me from her quite a bit. Oh dear, how shall I renovate my house?

So, t
K.L. Romo
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Blue Bath, by Mary Waters-Sayer, is a story of unexpected passion and forbidden love. Reminiscent of The Thorn Birds and The Bridges of Madison County, but set in Paris and London, The Blue Bath forces readers to consider what we’d do for the love of our lives, and how far we’d go to keep it.

At nineteen, Kat Lind travels to Paris to study French literature, and to soak up as much of the French culture as she can in her brief time there. But soon after her arrival, she unexpectedly meets Dan
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I don’t seem to have a favourite genre, this is probably the kind of book that you won’t find me reading very often.

I must confess that what first drew me to The Blue Bath was its stunning cover. To be honest, at first I didn’t even notice the Eiffel Tower. I believe what caught my attention was the colour. The shades of blue, green, yellow and then the white; together they created an atmosphere that captivated me instantly. There’s a melancholy to it, but also a feeling of warmth, o
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

As you may know, I am a sucker for a good romance. And this book really accomplishes that. There is joy, there is innocence, there is pain, and the life events in between. I devoured this book. This is a very human story, full of human emotions and trials and tribulations. Reading it we get confronted with our own fears and anxieties but also our joys and triumphs. T
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Here I am trying to gather my thoughts after reading this book... I got this review copy , and in all fairness , the cover drew me to it more than the plot did. Having said that I do not mean the plot isn't interesting ! No... It sure is , but the pleasant cover did it for me. Set partly in Paris and in London , the book is about Kat , who is a mother and a wife living a pleasant life in London.
While she has not yet recovered from the loss of her mother , she sees that her ex-beau is having a d
Joanna Park
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Do you ever really forget your first love? When Kat was a student, studying in France she met Daniel a mysterious, brooding artist with a than perfect reputation. They quickly fall in love and move in together enjoying an amazing summer completely absorbed in each other. Until events transpire that force Kat to reconsider things and move home to the UK. Years later Kat is living London, married to a successful business man and mother to Will. She is shocked when she reads of Daniel's upcoming sh ...more
Carol Kean
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
"This may be another NetGalley ARC that I cannot finish reading," I wrote last week. Wish I'd left it at that. I did finish reading it, and I hate the ending, the lack of ethics, the selfishness of the characters. Jori is the one voice of reason, challenging Kat for her dalliance with a lover from her past even though she's married and her husband apparently had done nothing to "deserve" her infidelity.

Daniel (the artist, the long-lost lover) struck me as a jerk from his first appearance as a st
Mar 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, this book was a dud for me. It wasn't terrible, but it just fell short in so many ways. I got to the line in chapter two "She was bored"...and couldn't help but think to myself the rest of the novel "No, I'M bored". I read the other reviews here, and honestly had a moment where I thought to myself "did we read the same book?"

The writing wasn't good enough for me to say "well I didn't really get the story, but the writing was fantastic", and I was left with this feeling like the au
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a story that starts off in an unassuming way, turns a bit twisty and ends with an exclamation point. This is one of those books.

Katherine has it all, a loving family, wealth, beauty, smarts yet she is feeling unfulfilled, that she has lost a part of herself in becoming a wife and mother, yearning for something more. Enter ex-lover Daniel who has become a renowned artist since she walked out on him many years before. Kat’s curiosity about Daniel gets the best of her so she attends his ope
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
American Kat Lind, has just returned to London following the death or her mother. At a gallery opening with her friend Jorie she is surprised to find not only paintings of herself on display but the artist Daniel Blake who painted them. Kat and Daniel had a past when she was a student in Paris. Although, she has not seen Daniel for twenty years his appearance may change her life and that of her husband and son if she allows it.

Throughout the story Kat has to struggle with the notion that she mig
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Mary Waters-Sayer, author of The Blue Bath (May 2016, St. Martin’s Press), is originally from New York. She has a B.A. in Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University and later studied writing at Stanford University’s Continuing Education program.

As expected of all good English majors, she began her career in publishing before moving to San Francisco where she worked in investor and public
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