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Release day: The Things We Don’t Say

1 July 2018

Today is the official release of The Things We Don’t Say by Ella Carey (ebook, Lake Union Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

A beguiling painting holds the secrets of a woman’s past and calls into question everything she thought she knew about the man she loved…

Nearly sixty years ago, renowned London artist Patrick Adams painted his most famous work: a portrait of his beloved Emma Temple, a fellow bohemian with whom he shared his life. Years after Patrick’s death, ninety-year-old Emma still has the painting hanging over her bed at their country home as a testament to their love.

To Emma’s granddaughter, Laura, the portrait is also a symbol of so much to come. The masterpiece is serving as collateral to pay Laura’s tuition at a prestigious music school. Then the impossible happens when an appraiser claims the painting is a fraud. For Laura, the accusation jeopardizes her future. For Emma, it casts doubt on everything she believed about her relationship with Patrick. Laura is determined to prove that Patrick did indeed paint the portrait. Both her grandmother’s and Patrick’s legacies are worth fighting for.

As the stories of two women entwine, it’s time for Emma to summon up the past—even at the risk of revealing its unspoken secrets.

Ella dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

I have long been fascinated by Vanessa Bell. She was Virginia Woolf’s sister and an artist who painted all her life. When I’d finished writing my last novel, Secret Shores, set amongst Australia’s Bohemian Art circles in the 1940s, I found that Sunday Reed was inspired by Vanessa Bell. This led me to researching Vanessa in more depth. I was interested in the way Vanessa, as a female artist, honed a life one hundred years ago, when, of course women’s roles were so clearly defined. The results fascinated me. I travelled to London and Sussex last year to research the Bloomsbury Group and, gradually, my own character, Emma Temple, came to life. The Things We Don’t Say is inspired by Bloomsbury, but the characters and story are my own. I became very close to them all, and I hope you enjoy reading the book!

You can find out more about this book at Ella’s website or buy it from Amazon.

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