Painting by Numbers

Painting by Numbers

by Sally Patricia Gardner
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Painting by Numbers by Sally Patricia Gardner

Painting by Numbers

In the 1950's, when she is only 16, a cataclysmic event in Juliet's life causes her and her gay friend, Neil, to make a pact that they will never reveal the truth of what has happened to her. This well intentioned lie eventually throws a huge and destructive shadow over several generations until Juliet is faced with one of the most terrible choices a mother could make. Told from four points of view, the story begins in the 1930's and ends in the present day.

Reviews for Sally Patricia Gardner's novels:

It was a fantastic read, all the characters are extremely well rounded and believable and by the end you are glued to it because you just have to know what happens next in their lives. It can be sad, funny and filled with suspense all within a few pages. Highly recommended...
ElaineG (Amazon Top Reviewer)

Truly an amazing book which unites history, psychology, and gender identity issues in an amazingly engaging story...
R.McClelland , Unbound Underground.

I was fascinated by this book... Prunella Scales

(Sally Gardner) really can write, I was reluctant to finish this lovely book... Tom Baker

Your books are so truthful, I love truth in everything... Dora Bryan

I really liked this book, which tells the story of hopes and fears, tragedies and achievements.
Tony Benn

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781490432366
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/04/2012
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

A former actress, Sally Patricia Gardner formed her own touring company in the 1970's. She describes the venture as 'great fun, but sadly, only mildly lucrative'. In the 1980's a lifelong passion for animals led her to build and run Spikes Island, a highly successful boarding cattery. In the 1990's, asked to write a short piece for a local magazine, she continued writing only to find that the article had turned into her first novel, Lillian's Story, One Woman's Journey through the 20th Century. Astounded and delighted by its success, she has since written The Sweetest Empire and Painting by Numbers. Her fourth novel, Finding Cordelia, will be published soon and like the other three, be available on Amazon Kindle and in paperback.

Sally is proud to be Chair of Shorelink Community Writers,a long-standing and thriving writers group in Hastings, which believes that laughter is essential to the creative process.

Sally lives in rural Sussex with her husband, Roland, also a writer, and assorted rescued animals. Their daily walk with their dogs in the woods nearby is an important part of their lives, although they could do without Bengy the spaniel's penchant for going off and leaving them gnashing their teeth while they wait for him to reappear!

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Painting by Numbers 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The flipping between characters and eras was a bit confusing at first, but once the main characters were established, it became easier to follow. Finished it in just a couple of sittings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible book. It flipped between characters too much and generally did not make sense. Even for free it was a waste.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book...was very intetesting from start to finish. You will not want it to end...over 600 pages and I enjoyed everyone