After having read and loved Orphan Train, I knew when this book released that I wanted to read it. Unfortunately, life and time got in the way and I didn’t have a chance. So I was thrilled when TLC Book Tours asked if I’d be interested in helping to promote the book for its paperback release.
I had never seen or heard of the painting that is the subject of this novel, Christina’s World, by artist Andrew Wyeth. I’m kind of glad I went into it blind because it provided a unique reading experience in which I learned something new. And I loved the author’s note and acknowledgements because she provided her inspiration for the story after having come across the painting.
From the back cover: To Christina Olson, the entire world is her family farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. The only daughter in a family of sons, Christina is tied to her home by health and circumstance, and seems destined for a small life. Instead, she becomes Andrew Wyeth’s first great inspiration, and the subject of one of the best-known paintings of the twentieth century, Christina’s World.
This book had so much to offer: family ties, relationships, artistry, exploration, finding a sense of place. But my favorite was reading Christina’s back story, how her childhood and teenage years shaped her. You couldn’t help but feel sympathetic for the way she grew up and all her tribulations, yet she was the victim of her own choices at times. If you are a historical fiction fan, this is a must read.
Even if you’ve already read and enjoyed the hardcover, you’re going to want to get a copy of the paperback not only because the cover is luminescent and colorful but because it contains an exclusive interview with bestselling author Kristin Hannah and a connected stand-alone story that didn’t appear in the original.
My thanks to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
About Christina Baker Kline
Christina Baker Kline is the author of six novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train as well as A Piece of the World. She lives outside New York City and spends as much time as possible on the coast of Maine. Learn more about Christina at www.christinabakerkline.com.
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