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Posted May 20, 2004
The subject matter of A Portrait of Emily is no laughing matter. Child abuse is something that all should find abhorrent - and so, it was with some trepidation that I began to read J P Bowie's sequel to A Portrait of Phillip, a novel I enjoyed very much. Happily, I can tell you that I was not disappointed in this second 'Portrait'. Everyone will cheer when her abusive father turns up dead - but will be appalled at her mother's reaction. When Emily is accused of the murder, her fiance, Jerry, stands by her, then it's Peter and Jeff to the rescue again. Like I said, the subject matter is dark and the subsequences of child abuse in adult hood are carefully and sometimes painfully detailed. Yet, Bowie's light style and sense of humor manage to cast a ray of hope on the proceedings amd make you long for a happy ending for the young lovers. It's also nice to see that Peter and Jeff's relationship has blossomed into a strong commitment. I was sorry to see Andrew and David, their two loyal friends, depart for New York. I hope that's not the end of them! I shall look forward to reading the third Portrait - which JPBowie promises will be out soon!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 2, 2003
J.P. Bowie has done it again with his wonderful sequel to 'A Portrait of Phillip.' 'A Portrait of Emily' does a fine job of taking us along for the ride in the lives of Peter and Jeff while adding several new and interesting characters. I laughed, I cried through the elements of humor, incest, murder and acceptance. I can't wait for 'A Portrait of Andrew' to see what happens next. Kudos to the author!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.