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The Very Picture of You [Kindle Edition]

Isabel Wolff
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Because a picture paints a thousand words.

Ella has always been an artist, jotting down pictures from a young age, and now in her thirties she has made it her profession. Commissioned to capture memories, fading beauty and family moments, her sitters often reveal more about themselves than merely their outward appearance.

When Ella's younger sister Chloe asks her to paint a portrait of her new fiancé Nate, Ella is reluctant. He is a brash American who Ella thinks has proposed far too fast, so the thought of spending many hours alone with him fills her with dread. But before long Ella realises there is more to Nate than meets the eye.

Beautifully inter-weaving the stories of Ella's sitters – from the old lady with a wartime secret, to the handsome politician who has a confession to make – with Ella's own hunt for her real father and slow realization that she is falling in love with the wrong man, Isabel Wolff delivers a mesmerizing story that delivers a powerful emotional punch.

A truly unforgettable portrait of the many aspects of love.



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Praise for The Very Picture of You:

'Isabel Wolff is a wonderful writer who weaves humour and pathos to great effect…. I loved this book with its compelling characters, thoughtful air, warmth and wit.' Daily Mail

‘This heart-warming, gentle story is pure feel-good stuff and should be added to your must-read list immediately.’ Candis

‘It’s easy to read – something you can dip in and out of on the way to work.’ Heat

‘A wonderful story.’ The Sun

‘***’ Daily Express

Praise for Isabel Wolff’s previous bestsellers:

‘Romance in a vintage clothes shop – we were sold from line one. Luckily, this book lives up to its hype, and is filled with all the sensory goodness that leads to inevitable comparisons to Joanne Harris – this is an author to bookmark.’ Irish Tatler

‘The love triangle is light and sparky, but what makes the book stand out is Wolff’s passion for vintage fashion; velvety, silken prose describes the clothes and their history, with several pieces telling rich stories that develop into compelling sub-plots’ Easy Living

‘Pure feel-good escapism. Perfect’ Sophie Kinsella

‘A touching, compulsive read. Love it!’ OK!

‘Old passions are re-ignited but should Laura risk everything on a past love or stick with her safe life? A charming, funny and unpredictable read’ Company

‘A resigned singleton, Laura’s world is rocked when her first boyfriend reappears. Compulsive’ Heat

‘Funny, charming, upbeat and unputdownable’ Marian Keyes

‘An engaging creation with a knack in witty one-liners’
Sunday Express

Review

Praise for The Very Picture of You: 'Isabel Wolff is a wonderful writer who weaves humour and pathos to great effect!. I loved this book with its compelling characters, thoughtful air, warmth and wit.' Daily Mail 'This heart-warming, gentle story is pure feel-good stuff and should be added to your must-read list immediately.' Candis 'It's easy to read -- something you can dip in and out of on the way to work.' Heat 'A wonderful story.' The Sun '***' Daily Express Praise for Isabel Wolff's previous bestsellers: 'Romance in a vintage clothes shop -- we were sold from line one. Luckily, this book lives up to its hype, and is filled with all the sensory goodness that leads to inevitable comparisons to Joanne Harris -- this is an author to bookmark.' Irish Tatler 'The love triangle is light and sparky, but what makes the book stand out is Wolff's passion for vintage fashion; velvety, silken prose describes the clothes and their history, with several pieces telling rich stories that develop into compelling sub-plots' Easy Living 'Pure feel-good escapism. Perfect' Sophie Kinsella 'A touching, compulsive read. Love it!' OK! 'Old passions are re-ignited but should Laura risk everything on a past love or stick with her safe life? A charming, funny and unpredictable read' Company 'A resigned singleton, Laura's world is rocked when her first boyfriend reappears. Compulsive' Heat 'Funny, charming, upbeat and unputdownable' Marian Keyes 'An engaging creation with a knack in witty one-liners' Sunday Express

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 801 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 000724584X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CRVL0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Isabel Wolff read English at Cambridge and was a journalist and broadcaster before becoming a full time writer. A Sunday Times bestseller, she is published in 30 languages. Her novels include 'Behaving Badly', 'The Very Picture of You' and 'A Vintage Affair' which was an Amazon Book of the Year. Isabel's new novel, 'Ghostwritten', set on Java during the Japanese occupation of WW2, has been shortlisted for the RoNA Romantic Novel Awards, 2015, in the Historical Fiction category. Isabel lives in London with her partner, their children, her younger stepson and the family's cocker spaniel. If you'd like to know more about Isabel please visit www.IsabelWolff.com, go to 'Isabel Wolff Writer' on Facebook or follow @IsabelWolff on Twitter. Thank you...

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming, emotional and beautiful 25 Sept. 2011
Format:Paperback
This was the story of Ella, a portrait artist whose reputation is growing through painting some very high profile people as well as some sitters that she thought would be normal but that told some extremely interesting, emotional and heart warming stories. When her mother cajoles her into giving away a portrait for a charity auction prize, she is devastated when her sister Chloe pays for her to her paint her fiancé Nate who she really dislikes due to a conversation she has overheard him having whilst on the way to her sister's party. Being the professional that she is, and out of duty to her sister she agrees, and after a deep and meaningful conversation with Nate, they declare a truce so that the sittings can go ahead. As the portrait develops, she sees a side to Nate that comes as a complete surprise. All this at a time when her sister and Nate's wedding looms nearer and nearer!

Ella has always wondered about her real father, even though she loves her step-father more than anything, and when he contacts her after seeing an article in the newspaper, she is thrown into complete turmoil as to whether she should contact him or whether he should stay firmly in the past where she believed he chose to be!

As I may have mentioned earlier, I love her work, and when Isabel described Ella as a child looking out of the window waiting for her absent father to come home, it just tugged massively at my heart strings. The contrast of emotions that Ella felt about her sister's fiancée were so well detailed, that you felt every single one of them. The pages seemed to turn themselves in this wonderfully gentle story of love, family and regret. When an author such as Isabel (have I mentioned that I love her work lately?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read! (POSSIBLE SPOILERS) 14 Nov. 2011
By C. Rucroft VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I've never read a book by Isabel Wolff before but was attracted to this by the synopsis. It sounded great.

The main character, Ella, is a portrait artist and we follow her as she paints her 'sitters'. They all have stories of their own to tell and it is very clever how Ella manages to extract their tales from them. They all had me wanting to read on, to find out what was going to happen.

One of her sitters, Nate, is her sister's fiance and Ella initially hates him. However, during the course of the painting, Ella develops feelings for him. I felt terribly torn - while feeling very sorry for Ella, I couldn't help thinking that's something you would never do to your sister!

Ella also has to deal with her own story - that of the father she never knew. Without wanting to give too much away, it was quite a shock. I hadn't guessed what was going to happen.

It lost a star because the ending just seemed a little contrived. I could believe everything else in the book but that was slightly unbelievable.

Nevertheless, this is a great read (I read it in two days) and I now look forward to reading more of her work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I have read all of Isabel's lovely, elegant novels and this is one of my top favourites. Set as usual in London, her central character is a portrait painter, and Isabel makes the subject so interesting, as she gently explores the themes around it with intelligence and humour. This is a really moving and enjoyable story about a family's tangled secrets and the thorny path to finding love. If you've not tried her novels before, I would recommend you start with this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A step up from Chick-Lit 19 Oct. 2011
Format:Paperback
This isn't the sort of book I would normally read - and so the fact that it kept me turning the pages is a reflection of the writer's skill albeit utterly formulaic) and the fact that after three books by authors publishers think can tell a story...and they didn't...it was a relief to find an author who did not let me down. So, it gets four stars.

Ella is a thirty something painter on her own with no love interest...and the stories of her life link with those of her sitters - actually, you will work the plot out in chapter one because it screams at you so I won't say anymore.

It is writing by numbers and the story was obvious from the start - that does not detract from the fact that this was a good read and for once this author knows their craft inside out and tries to please the reader. So many editors let authors get away with weak plotting.

So, I really enjoyed this. The final chapter was a disappointment as it was a little over played with the icing...but the fact is it was a good story, well crafted and I'd buy another.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suz 4 Oct. 2011
Format:Paperback
I've given up looking at a book n thinking 'hmmmm not sure it my thing'... as i do that so much and then am captivated by the story so much that i end up only talking about that book for ages. This has happened with this book, the story of Ella painting portraits is one on its own, but then the sitters storys come into it, along with Ella's mom. Each story is unique but tied to that person so firmly and told so well. I loved every page of this book and can usually see the out come by half way through the book, but this one slapped me with an ending i didnt see. Brilliantly done...a whole package that i will certainly tell all my friends to read :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Readable but Unbelievable
'The Very Picture of You' is the story of Gabriella ('Ella') Graham, a talented portrait painter. For years, Ella has been devoted to her career alone - which has paid off, as... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kate Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars but even then I still enjoyed how the author revealed the full...
Have just finished reading this lovely, enchanting and well-written novel. It's a light read, but still had enough depth and storyline to keep me engaged, and with some well... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beth Munro
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read
I enjoyed this story, although some of the plot was fairly obvious from the onset. Wolff's latter books are a considerable improvement on her earlier work, but I found the italics... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eileen McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars The very picture of You by Isabel Wolff
I really enjoyed this book. It was so easy to read with believable characters. I was sorry when it ended.
Published 17 months ago by rita j.
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and compelling story
I loved this novel. It is well-researched about the fascinating work of a portrait artist and also it has a delicious plot.
Published 17 months ago by Liz Rushton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good winter read
What I like about Isabel Wolff books is that they are all so different . Some are humorous and some dramatic . This was the latter . Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lesley - Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
What I love about Isabel's style and eay of writing is her ability to allow you to become the main character and think how she thinks which is fantastic for the twists and turns in... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy books from this author
Loved the story. Well written. Easy light reading. The story was well put together no boring bits.I intend to read more from this author.
Published 18 months ago by E. A. Hopkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great holiday read.
This is the first Isabel Wolff novel I've read, but I'll definitely read more. Its a gentle sort of novel, but covers some interesting and disturbing facts. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jan Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Would recommend this book, it is a great book to read anywhere not just for holiday reading. Great, easy reading story.
Published 21 months ago by Mrs. K. Potter
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