A Portrait of Marguerite: A Novel

A Portrait of Marguerite: A Novel

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by Kate Lloyd
     
 

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When single mom Marguerite Carr's son leaves for college, she feels as though her life has lost its purpose. When a friend drags Marguerite to a drawing class—her first since college—she rediscovers her long-lost passion for painting, finds unexpected love, and begins a relationship with God.

Overview

When single mom Marguerite Carr's son leaves for college, she feels as though her life has lost its purpose. When a friend drags Marguerite to a drawing class—her first since college—she rediscovers her long-lost passion for painting, finds unexpected love, and begins a relationship with God.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780781407243
Publisher:
David C Cook
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
364,644
File size:
750 KB

Meet the Author

Kate Lloyd is a novelist, a mother of two sons, and a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate and her husband, Noel, now live in the Pacific Northwest. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college and has worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur. Find out more about Kate on Facebook or at www.katelloyd.net.

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A Portrait of Marguerite 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
With her son Rob off to college, fortyish single mom Marguerite Carr feels her life is over as the empty nest syndrome slams her big time. Her best friend Laurie bullies a reluctant Marguerite to attend Beginning Drawing at the college the ¿crime scene¿ where she met Rob¿s father Phil. However, the instructor is a bit of a surprise as Henry Marsh is no more than a decade older than her and has no ring.--------------------- However a set back in her mind occurs when her ex husband Phil introduces Professor Henry to Marguerite and Laurie. Phil has failed Rob and her too many times to matter though he remains attractive Laurie thinks he is even better than ever. Meanwhile Marguerite finds her love for art especially drawing remains as strong as it was twenty years ago when she passionatly painted. Over the semester Henry proves a kind caring person who is smitten with Marguerite. As she reciprocates his feelings, she has doubts about men, love, and even God while Henry tries to prove his love with A PORTRAIT OF MARGUERITE.----------------------- This is a well written character study of a woman whose only reason for existence over the past two decades is her son until now when she begins to understand that life is so much greater if one passionately goes for it as God would want of his children. Marguerite is a fabulous lead character who learns to believe in the Lord, herself, and her love for Henry as even the darkest secrets are nothings when willingly revealed in the light. Readers will enjoy this wonderful inspirational romance that feels so real even when everything comes together too perfectly to be plausible as Kate Lloyd¿s talent shines.--------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story unfolds like a true masterpiece coming to life. I loved going to the art studio along with the characters, and watching two people who deserve each other come together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you have a hard time finding well-written novels in this genre? Then I highly recommend this author. Her characters have depth and the story-line is compelling. Her writing is heads above most of what's out there. From the moment Marguerite walks into Henry Marsh's art class, you suspect her world will never be the same again. What she learns, however, will surprise and delight you. I found this book hard to put down
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I really enjoyed this book.
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schoolmarmGG More than 1 year ago
When one is faced with an empty-nest and no spouse, life can seem meaningless. But a chance to return to something one loved in the past can change the whole landscape of one's life. This novel deals with life changing situations. A very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I look forward to more from this author!
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Ayil More than 1 year ago
I don't read a lot of women's fiction, but I really enjoyed this book. Lloyd has captured the angst that so many of us empty nesters feel as our one and only leaves and we are left to flounder. To create a life separate from our children. She has a great concept in focusing on women rediscovering themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, couldn't put it down. Easy and quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book! I was sorry when it ended. I could relate to the main character. I read lots of books and this one stood out. The characters were well developed. Keep writing Kate! Good job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I identified with the character in this book. Turning 40, empty nest, struggling with past regrets, friends and family making bad choices, not being able to rely on career for fulfillment. She writes beautifully and paints a believable picture that I enjoyed getting lost in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written like a true artist, each page adding more color and beauty to the story. I loved it. I loved looking forward to reading a little more each night, wanting it to last forever...but I hit a point and couldn't put it down--just had to see the finished portrait. I wasn't disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book and loved it, loved it, loved it!!! The story was compelling and I loved the Seattle background. There is nothing I love more than a good metaphor and each chapter was laced with them. It was delicious:))) Can't wait for the sequel...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely book, written with a personal touch, about finding the source of your creativity within yourself. It gives the reader a sense of the possibilites that we all have, and that we can find as we grow, that come from the good and bad things that happen in our lives. A positive and affirming book for women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this story about a woman going through some major life and relationship changes. Its an exploration of how the interactions change and the needs and views of each other moves to newlevels. Her only child leaves for college. Her exhusband finds redemption, a new partner, success in his career. An esteemed coworker admits to dependencies, and a best friend heads down a wrong path. Our main character even faces falsehoods in how she views her parents relationsships and values. Its all tactful, and a bigger issue of how God fits into the situations is touched upon. My problem is in how superficially its all handled. I feel the author missed a huge opportunity in development of the secondary characters, or introduced more story lines than she could truely handle in this book. I was left wanting more.