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Painted Memories

(Art of Love #2)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  33 reviews
She moved on when the love of her life died in the war, but what will happen when she finds out he’s alive?

Olivia Jernigan never thought she’d get over Grady. But three years after his death, she’s on the verge of marrying Kenneth Wade when she receives a new painting by her deceased fiance. Olivia flees home to learn what really happened to the man she thought died in th
Published March 8th 2021
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Becky Dempsey
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing

"Painted Memories" is the second book in the Art of Love series, but they are not tied to each other and can each be read as standalones. Whenever I pick up a book by A.M. Heath, I know that it will be well written and woven through with biblical truths. "Painted Memories" was no exception. I liked Grady and Olivia and was conflicted all the way through the book over who I thought Olivia should marry. The tug in both directions was strong. Olivia's emotions and loss were relatable even with not
Alicia Ruggieri
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
I really love this kind of storyline! It reminded me a tiny bit (very different plot, though) of The Waltons episode in which Mary Ellen finds out that Curt is still alive after he was reported dead. (I have a deep fondness for The Waltons and how, in a simply-told story, they often touch on the deep questions of life.)

But this review is about Painted Memories, not The Waltons. 🙂 And well should it be, as I highly recommend that you hie ye hence and snap up a copy. You may well be glued to your
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had marked Painted Memories to read when A. M. Heath first introduced it, so I’m thankful I finally was able to read the finish story. I was on the edge of my seat from the start thinking about all that could happen with Grady going off to fight in the Korean War. I appreciate the dual time line, the unique plot with the hero painting skills, an element of mystery, romance and beautifully and gently woven faith message that all things are possible with God. The special card Olivia received add ...more
Kathy Anderson
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story should be a Hallmark movie!

This isn’t the first book of A. M. Heath’s that I have read and it definitely won’t be the last. Each story has a clear Christian message to it that not only ministers to the characters in the story but also to the reader.

I loved the characters. I laughed with them and wept with them throughout the story. I longed to see the painting which figures so prominently in the story. How vivid Ms. Heath’s writing is!

I can’t praise this story enough. You really sho
Kim Hampton
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me on the edge of my seat from the very first page. The intriguing plot with all of its twists and turns, plus the smaller storylines woven in, made for a very entertaining read. I especially love the author's message that Christ should be at the center of our lives, and that all things work for good, even when you can't understand how at the time. If you're a fan of Christian romance, and/or Hallmark movies, you need to pick up a copy of this book. You'll be happy you did. ...more
Tara Savanna
It’s not often that I have the pleasure of reading a sweet romance that tells a beautiful story, builds me spiritually, and doesn’t leave me feeling sad about my single state. But this book did just that and left me wanting more!

Reading about childhood sweethearts like Olivia and Grady that grew into such a deep devotion, even though fictional, just melts my heart. And the way Kenneth handled Olivia’s broken heart—I just loved him for that!

I really felt immersed in the 50s with this story. All t
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had the pleasure of reading the first book from AM Heath’s Art of Love series, Dance With Me. I was excited to have the opportunity to read the second installment, Painted Memories. I thought it was a really another good read. I am always reading historical fiction but I can not tell one that was written during the Korean War era. That was unique and refreshing to me. I thought the details were vivid and made feel as though I was transported back in time to Olivia’s world. The story was not on ...more
Kylie Hunt
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Currently reading my ARC - Full Review to come!
Deana Dick
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I don’t quite know how to start a review and this is one of those times. The emotional roller coaster the author takes readers on needs a warning. Do not start reading this book until you have gathered tissues, a comfy place to read and time to finish the book in one setting. It was impossible to put the book down. I had to know what would happen between Grady and Olivia.

Their story is told through snippets of the past with elegance and deep emotions. I can still remember the feeling
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Painted Memories is a Christian historical romance by author A.M. Heath. The setting is in what I consider more contemporary historical as it is in the 1950’s during the Korean War. Even though it is not my favorite era for books I loved this one.

This is the story of Olivia Jernigan. She and Grady Barnes have been sweethearts since they were in school. They are perfect for each other. Everyone expects them to marry one day. It is also Grady’s story. He is a great guy who loves Olivia but finds h
Randi Sampson
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Painted Memories is the second book in A.M. Heath's Art of Love series. Though a series, these stories are completely unrelated and as such are great to read as standalones. Still, I must admit after reading this one I'm looking forward to going back and reading more from this new to me author. What a sweet story this was!

In Painted Memories we meet Olivia as she is preparing for her wedding after healing from the loss of her fiancé Grady in the Korean War three years earlier. When she receives
Kendra Neal
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Painted Memories by A.M. Heath is Book 2 in the Art of Love Series. I
have not read book 1, but I was not lost reading Book 2. The books
are great Standalone books. Christian Historical Fiction is the genre
for this series, a genre I really love.

Olivia Jernigan and Grady Barnes have known each other since childhood.
They hope to marry one day. Grady then goes off to fight in the Korean War,
but promises to come home soon. Olivia is anxiously awaiting his return, instead
she gets word that he has
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celebrate-lit
What a great read!

I can’t say that memory loss has really been on my thoughts before. Maybe a little bit when I’ve read books about it but then it’s quickly forgotten. Not a pun, well not intentionally.

I really enjoyed getting to know Olivia and Grady. They were engaged to be married when he went missing in the war. Olivia thought him dead and was trying to move on with her life. That is until she was staring at herself in a painting. When she went to search for the painter imagine her surpris
Connie Saunders
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Author A.M. Heath offers a glimpse of innocent young love and hopes for a future in this intriguing story that alternates between 1956 and flashbacks of the previous four years. She completely captures the plethora of emotions of two people who thought they would spend their lives together but instead, had their dreams stolen from them. We witness Olivia Jernigan's overwhelming grief when she learns that Grady Barnes was killed in the service and her reluctance to let go of "what might have been ...more
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Just a memory? How can you paint just a memory?

Painted Memories was my first book by A.M. Heath, and I really enjoyed this look into an era that does not often find its way into the realm of fiction (at least to my knowledge). A.M. Heath has a very conversational way of writing that was easy to follow, and I really enjoyed the heart touching memories she recounted through her characters. Olivia, Grady, and the other characters were nicely done, and they were fun to read about. I thought their s
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Olivia and Grady's story was a very touching one.

Sweethearts since childhood and with a promise of marriage, Grady went off to fight the Korean war with promises to return. Then the unimaginable happened and their lives and dreams were torn apart. With new people in their lives now, things started to unfold. I guess the heart never forgets the one it loves. The emotions illustrated in this book were so palable that it jumped off the pages of the book. For the duration I read the book, I loved i
Erica Nicole Pait
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading something by this author. I enjoyed the setting and plot (Everyone knows I'm irresistibly drawn to those mountains... and I've yet to meet the amnesia book I didn't pick up.) but also the time period! For once it's a war novel not set in WWII. Don't get me wrong, I love a good D-Day romance as much as the next person, but sometimes it's just nice to switch it up. This might be the first book I've ever read set in Korean War times. The storyline itself was great, an ...more
Connie Carpenter
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Painted Memories by: A.M. Heath is a Christian Historical Romance. This book is part of the Art of Love series. However, the book is a standalone. I have read several books by this author, and I have always enjoyed every one. In this book, Olivia says goodbye to Grady when he goes off to the Korean War. He does not return home, and Olivia is not sure if she can move on.

Fast forward three years, and Olivia is now engaged to Kenneth. She still wonders what might have been. She receives a painting
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love A.M. Heath's book but it seems I always pick a time when I am dealing with grief to read her books. So this time I am gong to add a warning, her books makes me cry but I still recommend them because she weaves so much faith through her stories that her readers understand that they are not alone and that God does bring Beauty from the Ashes of our life.

This is the second book in the "Art of Love Series" but they can be read as stand alones. This is a story of love and loss and moving on. I
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This novel was different from any I’ve read before. Grady and Olivia became engaged before he was drafted to fight in the Korean War. But Grady doesn’t return to her and he is reported dead. Olivia struggles to move on, but grief has her in its grip. But Grady actually has lost his memory and ends up in a military hospital. Will they ever get back together? The chapters of this book alternate between the two characters, told from their points of view. I found it a bit confusing at first because ...more
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of the best dual timeline stories I ever read and one of the best books of the year for me. I had no idea what kind of emotional journey that this story was going to take me. I could hardly put this book down. I loved the whole plot line and Grady’s memory of painting Olivia. Grady and Olivia’s story really takes us down a road that we all would hate to travel. At least I know I would hate to have to make the decisions that they made. The romance between them was so sweet and even I couldn’t ...more
Jeanette Fallon
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Quite a touching story of GOD'S love and that he is a waster of none. Olivia and Grady had everything planned out. But GOD had a different plan.

I really liked Olivia and felt so terrible for her. How do you let go of all the dreams you had? How do you grieve? No one can tell you how to do it. Grieving is personal. Olivia took tiny steps to healing.

Many lessons learned in reading this story. I thought of thIs one while reading Painted Memories.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not
Patti Pierce
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes we get a second chance with our first love, even under devastating circumstances. Olivia tries to move on with life after receiving word that her fiance died during the Korean War. At the same time, Grady eventually wakes up in a hospital room with no memory of his past. A. M. Heath masterfully weaves these two characters and two storylines into a meaningful and faith-centered story.

I found myself caught up in the story and in the lives of the characters. The story contains powerful em
Esther Filbrun
This story drew me in, showed me a time I knew little about, and kept me in suspense the entire way through. It’s not only a sweet story; it’s also a little sad, but that’s redeemed beautifully in here. I loved the tension between grief and hope; the longing for a fresh start and future, but the fear that that would never eventuate. I loved the love between the characters—the gentle care they showed for each other, even when they themselves were hurting. And though I thought I hated the grieving ...more
Sherry Cross
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Grady & Olivia are meant to be together forever and have pledged their promise to marry. Then Uncle Sam steps in with greetings & Grady is soon off to Korea. Word comes back home that he has been killed, and Olivia & his family & friends are left to grieve. Meantime, a soldier at a veteran's hospital in Oregon regains consciousness and finds his past is a total blank. The author must weave their stories together over a three year period. I was slightly distracted by the jumping timeline
Elle Kay
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a beautiful story about faith and love. It was not a typical historical romance. In fact, I'd classify it as historical women's fiction. The dual timelines only three years apart were jarring, but it worked for the story.

There was a reference to the main characters attending middle school together in the opening pages. It nearly caused me to put the book down since middle schools didn't start until the 1970s, and this book took place in the 50s. Those kinds of research errors at the beg
Ashley Dawn
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this sweet romance. The author did a great job with the characters and the storyline. There are twists, and turns in the story and it kept me intrigued from the first page all the way through.

I really liked Olivia and Grady. There were so many emotions and so much that happened. I don't want to say too much because there are little stories inside the big story and you have to keep pace with the story to understand but it is totally worth it.

4/5 for me.

Thank you to the author/pu
J.E. Grace
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Painted Memories is an uplifting and inspirational story of lost love and how God provides second chances. Olivia's fiance, Grady is killed in the war which forces Olivia to move on with her life without him, but her heart refuses to give up on the memories.

Olivia, now engaged to Kenneth, is torn between her love for him and the memory of her first love. She is faced with a decision when her life takes a different turn.

I loved the spiritual aspects of God that teach us that sometimes we have t
Abigail Harris
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: launch-teams
This darling story is not the romance most would expect.

A.M. Heath managed to do something of a love triangle that I ended up loving to the very end.

The heartbreak, the young love, the war, and the healing in "Painted Memories" make for a Christian romance that I highly recommend for romance lovers.

Content: kissing.
Lisa Ritchie
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

At first I wanted the book to turn out a different way but I also firmly believe that you can heal and love someone else. Perfect ending and God was glorified through it.
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