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Publisher's Note:

Lana, a talented Ivy League artist, and Walt, a small-town farmer, couldn't be more different. She arrives in Bluegill, Idaho, ready to spend the summer painting, excited to study under Walt's grandpa, a brilliant but aging artist. The more she is thrown together with Walt though--and the more she spends time with him--the more she realizes her heart may be drawing up its own plans. As the weeks p…

Brush with Love

by Lisa McKendrick

Overall Book Review:

Brush with Love is a charming and winsome novel written by Lisa McKendrick. Set in present-day rural Idaho, the book has an original and entertaining storyline. Lana makes for a fascinating protagonist and her character development throughout the story is profound. Main man Walt creates many sweet and tender moments. While Lana and Walt are engaging characters, aging artist and grandfather LeVan steals the show. His compassion, humor, and talent make Brush with Love touching and memorable. In fact, the real highlight of the novel is the emphasis on the power of art. With so many rich themes and analogies relating to art, Brush with Love will resonate with readers. McKendrick is eloquent in her writing and canny in her ability to craft a satisfying ending. A fantastic read!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bonneville Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  A child recalls being slapped.

Sex/Nudity: Several incidents of kissing; several discussions between characters about virginity and waiting until marriage to have sex. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Abandonment and orphanages, Alzheimer’s disease, Mormons and some of their religious beliefs, a virginity pact.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A person is drinking and spills beer. 

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.