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For animal behaviorist Miranda Sweet, pets beat people-paws down-and she's convinced that animals are sweeter, softer and a lot more predictable than the men she's been dating lately. So when she opens up her own animal clinic, she decides to focus on the species she understands, and forget about trying to fathom the murky depths of the male psyche.While schizophrenic schnauzers and confused canaries are benefiting from her professional ministrations, her best friend Daisy is convinced that Miranda needs a little therapy, as well. Enter dishy photographer David. Even Miranda begins to think she may have been just a tad hasty in her analysis of men, and she finds herself reconsidering her position.But just as she lets her guard down, her own past reappears, and Miranda must come to terms with the fact that she hasn't always been as sweet as she'd like to believe....
Faith Smith, AM-UK!'s face of the morning weather, is used to delivering the forecast. But this surprisingly unglam celeb is not used to being told the forecast-especially when it concerns her own marriage. After years of wedded bliss, there isn't much about her husband, Peter, that this thirty-five-year-old doesn't know. In fact, her quiet family life seems almost too comfy...until a casual remark from Faith's ultra-glam best friend plants a seed of doubt that takes root and strangles all sense of Faith's contentedness.Faith begins to assess everything about her mild life-snippets of conversation, Peter's surprising new look, the attentions of a handsome new acquaintance and the small fire burning inside her, licking at the possibility that, out of the blue, her life is about to change....
Eso lo sabe muy bien Phoebe Swift, que a los 33 años renuncia a su lugar de trabajo en la prestigiosa galería de arte Sothebys para abrir una tienda de ropa y accesorios de otros tiempos en un suburbio de Londres.Rodeada de exquisitas piezas, Phoebe se prepara para comenzar de nuevo, mostrando a las jóvenes de hoy la hermosura de esas prendas tan femeninas. Corre la voz por el barrio, las mujeres poco a poco van acercándose a la tienda, y al salir del probador y mirarse al espejo, descubren algo nuevo de sí mismas.Un día Phoebe visita a Thérèse, una anciana francesa que desea vender toda su fabulosa colección de vestidos, a excepción de una prenda: un abrigo de niña azul. Las dos traban amistad y finalmente Thérèse, gravemente enferma, decide revelar a Phoebe la historia del abrigo, que la lleva a recordar los tiempos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, cuando ella era una niña y vivía en Avignon.Entre vestidos espléndidos, cálidos gestos de amistad y tragedias imposibles de olvidar, discurre esta hermosa novela, que cosiendo retales del pasado da un nuevo valor a nuestro presente.
Advice columnist Rose Costelloe thought she'd solved all her problems when she got married after a whirlwind 2-month courtship, but now things are looking thorny for Rose.
«¿Tenemos que pintar lo que vemos en un rostro, lo que trasmite, o lo que esconde?», preguntaba Picasso. Corre de cuenta de un buen artista ir más allá de las apariencias y plasmar en un lienzo ese rasgo único que muestra cuerpo y alma de la persona retratada.Gabriella Graham "Ella para los amigos" lo sabe muy bien, y en sus retratos se nota ese don por captar la esencia de una persona. Sus clientes la admiran, confían en ella y le cuentan sus propias historias, pero entre las cuatro paredes de su propia casa no es tan fácil distinguir la verdad.El padre abandonó a la familia cuando Ella y su hermana Chloe aún eran niñas, y esa lejanía ha ido creando malentendidos. Además, Chloe está a punto de casarse con Nate, un hombre del que Ella desconfía, y el mundo de la joven pintora parece tambalearse, hasta que un buen día Nate se sienta delante de su caballete, dispuesto a posar para un retrato.Día tras día, sesión tras sesión, nacerá entre los dos un nuevo sentimiento. Ella irá descubriendo quién es de verdad ese hombre que tanto atrae a su hermana y, lo que es más, sabrá por fin algo de sí misma que se había empeñado en esconder entre lienzos y pinceles.El humor y el talento que Isabel Wolff mostró en Una pasión Vintage para describir el mundo de la moda, brilla ahora en Tu vivo retrato, una novela donde el arte revela sus secretos.«Leyendo Tu vivo retrato, te entran ganas de posar para Ella y empezar a contarle algo de tu propia vida.» Whitney Gaskell
Where the eye sees the brushstroke, the heart sees the truth. From Isabel Wolff, the internationally bestselling author of A Vintage Affair, comes a beguiling novel about artistic inspirations, family secrets, and the courage to turn one's life into a masterpiece. At thirty-five, Gabriella Graham--"Ella" to her family and friends--has already made a name for herself as a successful portrait artist in London. She can capture the essential truth in each of her subjects' faces--a tilt of the chin, a glint in the eye--and immortalize it on canvas. This gift has earned Ella commissions from royals and regular folks alike.But closer to home, Ella finds the truth more elusive. Her father abandoned the family when she was five, and her mother has remained silent on the subject ever since. Ella's sister, Chloe, is engaged to Nate, an American working in London, but Ella suspects that he may not be so committed. Then, at Chloe's behest, Ella agrees to paint Nate's portrait.From session to session, Ella begins to see Nate in a different light, which gives rise to conflicted feelings. In fact, through the various people she paints--an elderly client reflecting on her life, another woman dreading the prospect of turning forty, a young cyclist (from a photograph) who met a tragic end--Ella realizes that there is so much more to a person's life than what is seen on the surface, a notion made even clearer when an unexpected email arrives from the other side of the world. And as her portraits of Nate and the others progress, they begin to reveal less about their subjects than the artist herself.A picture is worth a thousand words, and in Isabel Wolff's vibrant and textured story, these words are brilliantly crafted to convey the humor, mystery, and beauty that exists within each of us.From the Hardcover edition.
Every dress has a history. And so does every woman. In Isabel Wolff's captivating A Vintage Affair, a treasured child's coat becomes a thread of hope connecting two very different women. Her friends are stunned when Phoebe Swift abruptly leaves a plum job at the prestigious Sotheby's auction house to open her own vintage clothing shop in London--but to Phoebe, it's the fulfillment of a dream. In the sunlight-flooded interior of Village Vintage, surrounded by Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves, Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts, cupcake dresses, and satin gowns, Phoebe hopes to make her store the hot new place to shop, even as she deals with two ardent suitors, her increasingly difficult mother, and a secret from her past that casts a shadow over her new venture.For Phoebe, each vintage garment carries its own precious history. Digging for finds in attics and wardrobes, Phoebe is rewarded whenever she finds something truly unique, for she knows that when you buy a piece of vintage clothing, you're not just buying fabric and thread--you're buying a piece of someone's past. But one particular article of clothing will soon unexpectedly change her life. Thérèse Bell, an elderly Frenchwoman, has an impressive clothing collection. But among the array of smart suits and couture gowns, Phoebe finds a child's sky-blue coat--an item with which Bell is stubbornly reluctant to part. As the two women become friends, Phoebe will learn the tale of that little blue coat. And she will discover an astonishing connection between herself and Thérèse Bell--one that will help her heal the pain of her own past and allow her to love again. From the Hardcover edition.
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