ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I never planned to be a writer. In fact, it took me a while to finish college. But I did, and here I am. And I now I can’t imagine not being a writer.
By day, I am an English Instructor at MATC, Marketing Manager for Degnan Design Builders, Inc., mother to four amazing children, wife to an eternally patient and supportive husband, and Worship Leader for Living Hope Fellowship in Sun Prairie, WI. In the evening, when I can squirrel away some quiet time, I read and write historical fiction.
I have a B.A. in English Lit. from UW Whitewater and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Chicago – 1890
Miriam watches the people jostle their way below the windows of her warehouse home, never thinking to look up at her as she paints their faces. But Miriam's gift as an artist goes beyond a mere recording of what is: Miriam paints their futures. Only once was she wrong. One woman doesn't match the future Miriam saw. The bright girl was supposed to grow into a respected businesswoman. Instead, Ione disappears nightly into the shadowed alley next to the cathedral with the other prostitutes. Then one night, while walking through the city fog, Miriam finds Ione broken and beaten. Miriam is forced to open her home to the stranger whose face she knows so well and open her life to change she never could have foretold. Women are missing—some found floating in the river, some never seen again. The deacon from the cathedral is the first to help. Soon Miriam’s solicitor, Michael, aids her in rejoining society so they might uncover the evil at work in the corrupt city...and awakens feelings she had never considered before. Finally engaged with the world she has so long observed, finally stirred by love and friendship, Miriam realizes the responsibility of her gifting. No longer can she just paint what will be. She must now help Ione find the future she is meant to have...and find her own along with it.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Soul Painter, go HERE.
Painting the future of what is yet to come comes with it's own set of problems, Miriam knows this first hand. Upstairs in her warehouse home, she watches the people below painting each of their futures. As each person grows and matures, they follow the exact picture she paints. But with all this fascination with knowing ones future, comes the wrong side of the coin. The wrong side, in essence when it is painted wrong. This happens to a girl by the name of Ione. Her picture gets painted wrong and suddenly her life takes a turn for the worse.
Ione never in a million years thought that she would have to take care of her two little sisters, but with her mother's death came a lot of uncertainties. One dark, foggy, mysterious night she has an encounter with a dangerous man that leaves her regretful. Luckily, Miriam comes across Ione bloody and battered. And just like in the story of the "Good Samaritan", Miriam aides her new found friend and calls on a deacon from the cathedral to help as well.
The author did an amazing job! This book seemed like it could be very realistic in our modern world. I really enjoyed learning about Miriam.
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.