Life Drawing For Beginners

Life Drawing For Beginners

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by Roisin Meaney
     
 

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When Audrey Matthews offers an evening class in life drawing, all she's looking for is a little extra pocket money and something to fill her Tuesday nights. So she hires a model and recruits six students - each of whom have their own reason for being there. For Zarek, a Polish immigrant, the class is a welcome distraction and a place to escape his dull cafe job and

Overview

When Audrey Matthews offers an evening class in life drawing, all she's looking for is a little extra pocket money and something to fill her Tuesday nights. So she hires a model and recruits six students - each of whom have their own reason for being there. For Zarek, a Polish immigrant, the class is a welcome distraction and a place to escape his dull cafe job and his noisy roomate. Then there's the handsome, mysterious James who has moved to the small town of Carrickbawn looking for a new start for himself and his daughter. He's vowed to keep to himself, but then his interest in Jackie, the class model and single mom, takes a more personal turn. While Audrey has just fallen in love -- with the adorable puppy in the window of the local pet shop. Will she be put off by the store's brusque owner or does she find out that his bark is worse than his bite? As the weeks pass, it becomes clear to the members of the drawing class that their fellow students aren't exactly who they seem. And by the end of the first term, none of their lives, least of all Audrey's, will be left untouched, as they learn that everything can change in a single brushstroke.

Editorial Reviews

Irish Examiner
"With writing reminiscent of Maeve Binchy's, Meaney is carving out a niche for herself in this crowded market."
Irish Independent
"Repeatedly and deservedly likened to Maeve Binchy, she is a master of her craft and a gifted storyteller. She has outdone herself with a skillful plot, memorable characters and the ability to leave the reader wanting more. If you are a Binchy fan, I would highly recommend you get to know Meaney too."
New York Times bestselling author of ESCAPE Barbara Delinsky
"I loved Life Drawing for Beginners. From the start, I was caught up by the characters and increasingly intrigued as the threads of their lives entwine. Like the life drawing class in which they meet, we come to see them in their bare and poignant beauty. Roisin Meaney perfectly times her revelations to keep us glued to the page. This is a charming, fast-paced book that stays with the reader for a very long time."
#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber
"SEMI-SWEET is wise, witty, and wonderful. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It's going to sell like cupcakes."
Susan Wiggs
"Roisin Meaney serves up a tale as charming and delicious as a homemade cupcake. Hannah, the main character, is endearing, funny, insecure, and unforgettable. I savored every bit of this romantic and deeply true novel, right up to the surprising ending."
author of THE SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS Erica Bauermeister
"Fans of Maeve Binchy will love Roisin Meaney. Semi-Sweet is an endearing, insightful story of self-discovery, empowerment, love, and yes, most deliciously, cupcakes..."
author of THE PROPER CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF FRIEN Lisa Verge Higgins
"A heartwarming tale about the yearning for love, the search for happiness and the importance of friendship--all served up with tea and cupcakes."
From the Publisher
"I loved Life Drawing for Beginners. From the start, I was caught up by the characters and increasingly intrigued as the threads of their lives entwine. Like the life drawing class in which they meet, we come to see them in their bare and poignant beauty. Roisin Meaney perfectly times her revelations to keep us glued to the page. This is a charming, fast-paced book that stays with the reader for a very long time."—Barbara Delinsky, New York Times bestselling author of ESCAPE"

SEMI-SWEET is wise, witty, and wonderful. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It's going to sell like cupcakes."—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author"

Roisin Meaney serves up a tale as charming and delicious as a homemade cupcake. Hannah, the main character, is endearing, funny, insecure, and unforgettable. I savored every bit of this romantic and deeply true novel, right up to the surprising ending."—Susan Wiggs"

Fans of Maeve Binchy will love Roisin Meaney. Semi-Sweet is an endearing, insightful story of self-discovery, empowerment, love, and yes, most deliciously, cupcakes..."—Erica Bauermeister, author of THE SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS"

A heartwarming tale about the yearning for love, the search for happiness and the importance of friendship—all served up with tea and cupcakes."—Lisa Verge Higgins, author of THE PROPER CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF FRIENDSHIP"

With writing reminiscent of Maeve Binchy's, Meaney is carving out a niche for herself in this crowded market."—Irish Examiner"

Repeatedly and deservedly likened to Maeve Binchy, she is a master of her craft and a gifted storyteller. She has outdone herself with a skillful plot, memorable characters and the ability to leave the reader wanting more. If you are a Binchy fan, I would highly recommend you get to know Meaney too."—Irish Independent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455504084
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/14/2012
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
766,867
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.14(d)

What People are saying about this

Susan Wiggs
Roisin Meaney serves up a tale as charming and delicious as a homemade cupcake. Hannah, the main character, is endearing, funny, insecure, and unforgettable. I savored every bit of this romantic and deeply true novel, right up to the surprising ending.

Meet the Author

Roisin Meaney was born in Listowel, Co Kerry, Ireland. She has lived in the US, Canada, Africa, and Europe. In 2002, Roisin won the Tivoli Write a Bestseller competition with her first novel, The Daisy Picker, which was subsequently followed by Putting Out Stars. Roisin is currently based in Limerick. LIFE DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS is her seventh book.

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Life Drawing For Beginners 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JMiller1128IL More than 1 year ago
Rich, wonderful characters and an engaging story. Her writing reminds me of the late Maeve Binchy.
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This book should have been titled 6 Degrees of Separation. While the premise wasn't bad, the characters were annoying and the writing rambled in many places. The way the book ended you can almost anticipate a sequel which would typically be good, but not in this case. I really don't care about the next step in these characters' lives. Again, too bad, because it could have been a good series. I don't think I'll buy another book by this author.