When life is shattered, you can live damaged or choose to repair it.
With a signed death warrant and final appeals running out, Tess Olsen anticipates the execution of the man her mother deserted her family for thirteen years ago. Randall Wright’s death will expel his disturbing legacy and return her mother to her; it’s as simple as that, or so she believes. But Randall Wright robbed her life of more than just her mother and like a splinter slowly and painfully working its way to the surface, those stolen pieces begin emerging.
Working as an art conservator in New York City, Tess keeps an emotional distance from co-workers. She has no close ties since isolating herself during her teen years when the tale of Randall Wright’s crimes, trial, and marriage to her mother was published in a Pulitzer Prize winning article. She yearns for the family she had and is unable to accept who they are now.
Tess is dating Ben Elliot, an art critic for the New York Times. The relationship both intrigues and unnerves her. Unlike men she’s dated in the past, Ben is more interested in her than her physical attributes and any sex she can offer. Although drawn to Ben, she is more comfortable with men like Kenyon LeMere, a brazen artist Ben introduces her to who has a reputation for translating his sexual liaisons into art.
Restoration chronicles Tess Olsen’s challenge to restore her life, relationships, and dreams back to the promise they held before Randall Wright.
The creative genesis for Restoration was an incident where a married woman divorced her husband and left her children to marry a death row inmate. The author wondered what would become of the children and how this would shape their lives. Restoration is a highly fictionalized account of her inner musings.
|Publisher:||Elaine D Walsh|
|File size:||258 KB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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I was captivated from beginning to end. I truly enjoyed the way the story weaved in and out of characters. Just when I was getting a little comfortable with where the story was going, something surprising would happen. Great read!
Oh, this was a good read! Had to say it right up front. It’s amazing the level of pain that’s caused in the name of love. “Restoration’s” main character Tess, appears to be a cool, collected and knowledgeable expert in the art restoration world, but inside she’s almost constantly writhing in pain with the knowledge that the mother she adored, left her and her family when she was just 13 because her mother fell in love with a convicted serial killer on death row. She shares little about her personal life, and even less about her family to her acquaintances. Lack of trust, lack of faith, and the consuming abandonment she experienced as a young teen removes all color from her world. Will she ever find love? Does she ever want to find it? If she finds it, will she know how to reciprocate? Can she forge a friendship with a mother figure? Will she ever regain the passion that painting brought her? What Tess needed was to start living again. She vowed that she would when her mother’s now-husband, Randall Wright, was finally executed by the state of Florida. That vow to herself leads to meaningless relationships and a tortured, unhappy existence, as she underrates her value. The book kept my interest very evenly throughout, and I was a little sad that it ended..I wanted to read more. I was impressed with the author’s knowledge of the art world, and of an artist’s mind. (Perhaps she is an artist). Tess’s character ran the gamut of feelings and emotions, and it illustrated to me why we can’t dwell on the negativity that can surround us every day. Tess developed into someone I wanted to interact with, befriend and comfort, even though she was incredibly strong. One of the neatest characters I’ve read about recently. “Restoration” followed Evil and how it can destroy by association, but it also showed Love as The major life force and reason for living. I’m glad I bought it, read it, and would recommend the book without reservation.
What a lot of teenager girls might say about their Mothers, "My Mom is such a roadblock to me having fun with my friends. She always has to meet my friends and their parents. She's always nosing into my business, jeez. Suffocating!" Okay all you Mom's out there, keep up the good work because the main character in Restoration might have sounded something like this when she was a teenager, "My mother married a serial killer. Left me, my sister, brother, oh and my father too, to marry this creep. I wish she was suffocating me with rules and boundaries for my life and because she isn't here doing that, I think I'm really going to screw up my life unless I can figure out how to undo the damage." And so we meet the main character Tess Olsen who has grown into a damaged young woman. She's waiting for the State of Florida to execute her mother's husband and make all the damage go away. If it were only as simple as that. And if it were, Restoration would be a simple read, but it's not. What will it take for Tess Olsen to stop self destructing and will she be able to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and put them back together? You won't be disappointed reading Restoration cover to cover and finding out. I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review.