The Very Picture of You Paperback – 15 Sep 2011
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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’
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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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?Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On a positive, I did engage with the characters and did read the book to the end.
Of course everyone has their own tastes; for me I was irritated by the excessive use of... Read more
I found this book to be a potentially good, light-hearted page turner which would be ideal for a beach read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Another amazing book, I've loved all of her books. Can't wait for morePublished 7 months ago by Yamsi
'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 morePublished 15 months ago by Kate Hopkins
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Beth Munro
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 morePublished 24 months ago by Eileen McDonald
I really enjoyed this book. It was so easy to read with believable characters. I was sorry when it ended.Published on 30 Nov. 2013 by rita j.
I loved this novel. It is well-researched about the fascinating work of a portrait artist and also it has a delicious plot.Published on 27 Nov. 2013 by Liz Rushton
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 morePublished on 17 Nov. 2013 by Lesley - Ann