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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000724584X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007245840
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Isabel Wolff was born in Warwickshire and read English at Cambridge. She is the author of seven other bestselling novels, which are published in 23 languages. She lives in London with her family.


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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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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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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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I picked this up from my local library and is the first Isabel Wolff book which I have read. It was stunning. The premise of the novel centres on Ella, a painter who specialises in portraits. Ella is abandoned by her Father at 5 which has repercussions for her as she progresses to adulthood. As the novel progresses, the reader learns why Ella is a portraitist artist. The novel centres on Ella and the way her character has been shaped by her Father's seeming rejection. Ella is asked to paint her sister's fiance as a wedding gift. At first she loathes Nate because she thinks he is cheating on her sister. As her sister was cheated on in the past, understandably she is very wary of him but gradually she realises this is not the case and she becomes increasingly attracted to him. As her feelings grow, this coupled with Ella being contacted by her Father, sets off a whole chain reaction of events which threaten Ella, her family and their happiness; the culmination of which is played out on her sister and Nate's wedding day! Secrets from the past are revealed which literally rocks their whole worlds apart. Interweaved in this, there are also subplots with the sitters who relay their stories to Ella as she paints them.

I loved this book. It reminded me of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray in the fact that as the painter paints each subject, they capture a piece of their character forever. Indeed, as the old cliche says, every picture tells a story. It was beautifully written and I was very sad to end it. I will definitely read more of this wonderful author's work.
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Though this is normally the sort of book I'd not pick up, when I received it as a proof, I decided to give it a go. I'll confess that I quite enjoyed it.
Young, very single, Ella, is a portrait artist who has painted many famous figures and commands a large fee. However, it is a portrait for her sister that causes her the biggest problem. The two main themes are this painting (of her sister's future husband) and the unexpected and unwanted contact with her father who apparently deserted the family when Ella was still a child.
Though the central love story was given away by the blurb (don't do that people!) and the truth about Ella's missing father was rather telegraphed, it was the atmosphere of the portrait sessions that made this book enjoyable for me. The painting sessions and the conversations between sitters and artist seemed very real and I suspect that the author paints or spent many hours observing an artist at work.
A light, enjoyable, if predictable romance with a little more about it than some.
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