Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Painting Blue Water by Leigh Fossan. Fossan reminds us to re-evaluate what makes us happy and that it is never too late to start over.
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.
You can see Leigh’s paintings at www.lavfineart.com
About the book
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.
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?
What really comes through for me in this book is not only the love of art, but also the love of life, beauty and nature. Being able to take a step back from the world moving around us and appreciate the silence, the sounds, the views.
Katherine does exactly that or rather she has the luxury to do so – for some people it is a little harder to afford themselves the luxury of taking a breath and enjoying the wonderful views the world has to offer. That is the reality of our day and age, although I would always advocate for anything that makes the body calmer and heals the heart.
After finding peace, loving relationships and success in the art world, Katherine has to make the ultimate choice. Does she follow her love of art or does she choose what makes her heart grow fonder? Success or love? It may seem to be a simple answer to some, but to a person damaged by life and discouraged by previous relationships, the answer may cause some confusion.
I would like to see the same passion you can feel for the art and the conjured imagery of the surroundings flow into the dialogue and the rest of the story. At the moment you can read and feel where the heart beats faster and the breath catches, now these moments have translate into other moments in the book.
Fossan reminds us to re-evaluate what makes us happy and that it is never too late to start over. Difficult periods and relationships in your life doesn’t mean you can’t find a way forward or find your moments of happiness in the small things. The trick is being able to recognise which moments and what things elicit your happiness.
That is what I am taking away from this story – being brave enough to find your own brand of happy.
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Publisher: Blue Water Publishing, Pub. date 31 May 2018