Paint and Nectar
by Ashley Clark
Series: Heirloom Secrets #2
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date May 4, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Time Split, Clean Romance
Setting: South Carolina Contemporary, Great Depression - US - 1929-1939,
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
In 1929, a spark forms between Eliza, a talented watercolorist, and William, a charming young man with a secret that could ruin her career. Their families forbid their romance because of a long-standing feud over missing heirloom silver. Still, Eliza and William's passion grows despite the barriers, causing William to deeply regret the secret he's keeping . . . but setting things right will come at a cost.
In present-day Charleston, a mysterious benefactor gifts Lucy Legare an old house, along with all the secrets it holds--including enigmatic letters about an antique silver heirloom. Declan Pinckney, who Lucy's been avoiding since their disastrous first date, is set on buying her house for his family's development company. As Lucy uncovers secrets about the house, its garden, and the silver, she becomes more determined than ever to preserve the historic Charleston property, not only for history's sake but also for her own.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Dress Shop on King Street, Where the Last Rose Blooms
Paint and Nectar weaves together the lives of a modern couple with one from the past. I enjoyed the many parallels between Declan and Lucy and William and Eliza, including the search for the heirloom silver claimed by each of their families and causing the rift between them.
Turning the pages was a little like peeling back layers on an onion, each one revealing another mystery or secret and slowly releasing the clues and the answers sought. And, occasionally, even bringing a tear or two to my eye at the predicament and pain of the characters.
Though it didn’t consume many of the pages of the story, the faith message was strong and thought-provoking. Using the imagery of the garden Eliza and Lucy so loved and were in danger of exile from as a parallel to the garden Adam and Eve were barred from, the author brought the truth of our need for redemption and salvation home masterfully.
While reading The Dress Shop on King Street isn’t a prerequisite, some of the characters from it appear here. Having their backstory could add to the richness of your reading experience as their stories blend with those featured here. I loved the chance to see Mille’s parents and even Mille as a very young girl!