Title: Painting Blue Water
Author: Leigh Fossan
Release: May 30, 2018
Publisher: Blue Water Publishing
Katherine Ross, a struggling artist-turned-successful-businesswoman, has a life many would envy. At only thirty-one years old, Katherine runs one of the top luxury real-estate firms in Manhattan, and she lives in a fabulous loft with her dreamy husband. That is, of course, until her marriage comes to a screeching halt, forcing Katherine to face the truths she’s been burying deep within her heart. She hasn’t been happy for a long time. And her life, while glamorous, is not the life she ever wanted.
Fighting through the fog of her confusion and pain, Katherine makes the daring, or possibly insane, choice to start over somewhere new. She leaves her business, her friends, and the city behind, while she ventures alone to the mountains in hopes of rediscovering her artistic roots in a place surrounded by beauty, peace, and quiet.
In the quaint town of Bluewater Lake, Katherine finds just what she is looking for—abundant natural beauty, almost too much quiet, and a collection of colorful locals. As she adapts to the slow pace of small town life, Katherine befriends the remarkable inn proprietor, Mr. Trust, and his granddaughter Ginger, a former starlet and scandal-ridden Manhattan socialite. Katherine even begins to build an exciting, albeit rocky, relationship with the ruggedly handsome, yet mysterious and standoffish, Will. And with time, Katherine discovers her passion for painting once again.
But life in Bluewater isn’t as simple as it may seem, and when her art career suddenly begins to take off in this unlikely setting, Katherine finds herself torn between two worlds. Does she pursue her lifelong dream and become the world-famous artist she always wanted to be? Or does she open her heart to the possibility of new dreams and a life she never imagined?
At the root of this novel, Painting Blue Water, is about the journey of one woman rediscovering herself. Katherine Ross tried to live the perfect New Yorker lifestyle; she had the prominent job, the handsome husband and a full social life. But inside she was miserable.
When fate intervenes and her husband files for a divorce, she is forced to face the decisions she has made in her life that brought her to this point. Most importantly, she gave up painting which was her entire life until her husband, at the time, convinced her to give it up.
Now that her life has been upended, she makes the brash decision to move to Blue Water to rekindle her love for nature and painting.
Fossan draws on her own innate talents as an artist to convey harmonious imagery as Katherine Ross paints the majestic scenery of her new home. Through her rekindled love of art, she not only finds herself again, but awakens a love she never thought she’d find with another person.
Each character that Fossan intertwines into this story has their own flaws that are magnified and eventually overcome through shared experiences and the fostering of growth.
My favorite supporting character was the starlet turned cafe owner, Ginger Trust. She immediately becomes Katherine’s friend in Blue Water and is there to support her through her personal trials and eventual breakthrough.
I can’t say enough about this book being an immediate sensual classic that will last ages. It encapsulates the grit of our common trials in life that we face in relationships and trying to establish our own self identity. Fossan is a magnificent author and this book speaks for itself.
I hope that you will read this book and tell many others about it.
About the Author:
Painting Blue Water is the debut novel for Leigh Fossan. A creative soul at heart, Leigh grew up with a paintbrush in her hand, and went on to study the arts in Florence, Italy. While abroad, Leigh was one of the few recipients of the Coluccio Salutati Award for Creative Writing. Today, Leigh is a professional artist and her paintings are collected around the world. She lives in Colorado with her artist husband, and their young daughter, who wants to be a scientist.
Note: The author provided me a copy,of her book in exchange for,an honest review.