Grace Moore stood silent for a few seconds, then carefully stepped past him. Virginia Clay is a newly divorced woman in 1974 trying to make a new life with her young adult daughter, Ruby. One more minute. It was first published in 1684 and written by an unknown author who falsely claimed to be Aristotle. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Please. 4 stars Thank you to Penguins' First to Read and Dutton for the opportunity to read and review this digital ARC. “Good morning, little man.” Grace breathed in his baby scent and sat on the edge of the twin bed she’d just made. A young woman glanced up in surprise and then backed away when he stepped over the threshold. It is a story of love, betrayal, ambition, mystery, and jealousy. He’d like to get his hands on the owner who installed the blasted system. A man shouted. Thank goodness for jury duty - allowing me to read the bulk of this fascinating historical fiction novel in one sitting! No clean socks in the drawer. Second, not setting one of the stories in the present time was fabulous. He had the feeling this girl would know exactly what to do and how to get it done quickly. “I need someone detail-oriented.”, “Do you have a specific way you want your—” her gesture encompassed the mess—“information sorted?”, “If I did, the place wouldn’t be such a mess.”, She frowned slightly as she surveyed the room. He offered an apologetic smile. About The Masterpiece In this captivating novel, New York Times bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them. She picked her way to the center of the room and looked around at the stacks of papers. Usually, the high he got from one of his night raids earned a payback of nightmares from his days in the Tenderloin. At the end of chapter 5, Grace has conflicting thoughts when she finds out about Patrick’s betrayal. Seeing that didn’t go over well, he removed any hint of innuendo. It's clearly well researched regarding what was happening at the train station in the late 1920s and early 1970s, on the verge of the Great Depression, and later, at risk of being demolished. Roman went back to work. “In any event, he has a family to feed. An interesting story centered on the Grand Central Terminal in NYC told from the viewpoint of two different women, 50 years apart. If he hadn’t made such a bad first impression on Grace Moore, he’d let her wait while he had a twenty-minute, full-body water massage. Lathering himself, he added side jets to the overhead waterfall. Roman tried to go back to sleep. “I forgot you were coming.”, She looked like she’d rather be any place but here, not that he could blame her. Would this girl be up to the task? Did he have the right to expect one? The book suggests that sex evolved, not as the result of normal Darwinian processes of natural selection, but through competition between populations or species - a hypothesis elsewhere almost universally discredited. “It’s your financial information.”, “Which you’re going to know if you do your job.” He took the laptop from her. Because of their initial impressions of each other and past mistakes, both are wary of exploring their mutual attraction. Fiona Davis can pull a reader into that time period unlike anyone else. “Yeah, well, the people she sent weren’t a good fit. Had he scared her that badly? “That’s the longest you’ve kept a personal assistant, isn’t it?”, The staffing manager must have warned her. Thankfully, she’d passed the interview and tests with the temp agency and been added to their list. Staggering, he went down on one knee. She held out the laptop rather than taking the credit card he offered. Originally published in 1982, The Masterpiece of Nature examines sex as representative of the most important challenge to the modern theory of evolution. “I do need this job, Mr. Velasco, but I’m sure you understand I’m looking for something better than temp work. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different. Fans of Christian romance will delight in this tale of salvation through love.” —Kirkus, “This character-driven romance will enthrall [Rivers’] many fans.” —Library Journal, “Bestseller Rivers brings unexpected faith to a fictionalized Banksy character in this ambitious novel…the tale will have her long-standing fans hooked. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different. until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship―and both their lives―forever. Someone had pushed the doorbell. She was pale, her eyes dark when she faced him. “I’m here on your orders, Mr. Velasco.”, His orders? The New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece. Was there any other connection between Clara Darden and Georgia Totto O'Keeffe? A wind came up, pulling a portion away. Grace Moore got up early, knowing she would need plenty of time to cross the valley and arrive on time for her first day as a temp worker. It should be known up-front that I'm a big fan of Fiona Davis'. Looking back, she wondered if Patrick had ever loved her. A man snored in the bedroom. Great. And the fully formed Roman will likely garner her new ones.” —Publishers Weekly, “Richly detailed characters with traumatic pasts are woven together with Biblical truths and redemptive themes… This is an amazing, beautifully written tale to be savored and pondered and shared with others.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars Top Pick, “Fans of Francine Rivers will eagerly devour The Masterpiece and find exactly what they are looking for: a beautifully written story of faith, romance, and the power that true freedom can bring.” —Bookreporter.com. “Essentials?”, “A desk and office chair, for starters. As soon as it disappeared down the street, he’d done the work on the glass door of the bank building. “Good to know you need this job as much as I need an assistant.” She didn’t say anything. I enjoyed it. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. Maybe it was her complete lack of interest in him. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking view. Can you look back on your own life and see ways that God was guiding or protecting you, even without supernatural intervention? The other woman whose husband divorces her (after she loses one breast to breast cancer) : then she starts to discover her real self. The New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece. In 1928 Clare Darden was teaching at the Grand Central School of Art. He heard a car and slipped behind a privet hedge. What are some reasons for sharing the truth, whether a person seems ready or not? Roman moved fast, keeping low and in the shadows. He hit hard, rolled to his feet, and kept going. She had only Aunt Elizabeth. “Down the other hall, up the stairs on the right.” He paused and looked back at her. The officers followed like hounds after a fox. The coffee smelled good. They were fully staffed.”. “It’s all yours.” He didn’t have to look inside to know what she faced. The cluttered living room could be Roman’s undoing. For Clara Darden, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future. “It’s the only thing I could find.” She blushed. The police department probably had a file on the Bird’s work. He slowed and turned onto the gravel drive down to his house. “You’re catching me on a bad day.”. I loved the setting of the Grand Central Terminal and the art aspect to this novel was quite intriguing. And that’s a lot of stuff you’re asking for on your first day on the job.”, “I can’t sit on a folding chair eight hours a day, five days a week, and I’ll need something more than a card table to work on. When he pressed the button, nothing happened. It’s either let you go or fire him, and I can’t do that to a man with responsibilities.” He put a meaty hand over hers. “Take a self-guided tour of the house and get your bearings.” He left her standing in the hall. He might have to resort to prescription drugs to get the rest he needed. “Yeah. He’d stenciled the figure laden with money bags going into the bank across the street. His eyes adjusted to the dim light from the kitchen appliances. He was thirsty and needed caffeine. Why do you think that is? He wasn’t sure he liked anyone making rules in his house, but then this one had done more in two hours than the combined efforts of the other four. In fact, they spend a lot of time denying and fighting that attraction. The dog hit the fence and clawed at it, barking fiercely. One full night would fix him up. He didn’t want this girl to leave. Aunt Elizabeth was right. A car door slammed. Grace lifted him gently, thankful he was awake. The Question and Answer section for The Masterpiece is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.. He thought he was home free until he realized he wasn’t alone in the backyard. “I’m not trying to make you angry.”, Was that it? For the people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. He removed the cap, drank from the bottle, and lowered it. She had ideas about what an artist might want besides a woman with office skills. MISS SCARLET & THE DUKE is set in London at the start of the Sherlock Holmes era, circa 1880. She’d told Selah and Ruben as much, but every day brought its own anguish as Selah took over his care while Grace went out looking for a way to support herself and her son. “Where did you work before the temp agency?”, “I was redundant, as the British would say.” She glanced at him. Sliding into the driver’s seat, he couldn’t resist driving east to check out his work. Her eyes flickered, and her cheeks filled with color. “Long night.”. The Bird had gained enough notoriety over the past few years that some building owners left the graffiti untouched. The time never seemed quite right with you.” What are some reasons for waiting until someone is ready to hear the gospel? “A Philistine?” There was that blush again. I loved The Address. “You have a beautiful view, Mr. Velasco.”. She’d passed the first test. “I don’t model.”, “Not a problem.” Roman gave her a swift once-over and leaned against the doorjamb. This piece would be seen by anyone driving east. The synopsis on the back of the book: A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. “Just hold on.” He followed her to the office, where she picked up her purse and looped the strap over her shoulder. Roman moved fast for a few blocks and then slowed to a normal gait to catch his breath. Heart hammering, Roman took a flying leap onto the next building. “That’s not what I’m after.” She looked nervous again. Just great. The Masterpiece is a work of fiction. The sooner, the better. A faint recollection flickered in his mind, but Roman dismissed it. The bank would have its front door cleaned by noon, but the high piece on the wall across the street would last longer. He liked her tentative smile. ” — Bookreporter.com Bianchi called for the check. Father, please let this job work out. Would she take offense at his first request? He glanced down and froze when he spotted a police car decelerating. Roman Velasco climbed the fire escape and swung over the wall onto the flat roof. “Mr. Roman stepped into a shower big enough for three. Unzipping and removing the black hoodie, he headed down the hallway to his bedroom. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and she’s based in New York City. This is my 3rd book by Fiona Davis. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He found the elevator, his heart pounding faster as it took its sweet time rising. “Can’t you read?” He jabbed a finger at the sign posted next to the front door. It won a 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year in Children’s Fiction, the 2009 E.B. Let’s take care of the order so you can get going on yours.”, A Path to Redeeming Love: A Forty-Day Devotional. Are there indications that God was indeed looking out for him, just as He was looking out for Grace? The Masterpiece: A Novel (A Redemptive, Character-Driven, Contemporary Christian Fiction Romance Novel) Hardcover – February 6, 2018. by. Is this a mistake made by the author or is there something I don't know about pencils from 1920s? She stopped at the edge of his sunken living room and gaped at the cathedral ceilings and wall of glass overlooking Topanga Canyon. Deal?” He held out his hand. How do we see this happening in the story? He found the sneakers he’d worn the night before. . [Levon comes to the diner where Clara works and says that he has lead poisoning. “Not a cup. A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller! “Maybe I should call you something else.”, She was unbending a little, but still setting boundaries. “Use the regular coffeemaker.”, “Strong.” He headed down the hall. Selah still hoped Grace would change her mind and sign the adoption papers. Start by marking “The Masterpiece” as Want to Read: Error rating book. She tapped lightly at the doorframe and waited for permission to enter. . Fiona Davis was one of the first HF authors I read and enjoyed, I loved both The Dollhouse and The Address and have been super excited about The Masterpiece. Looking at the order total, he swore again. This is a book about the near impossibility of making a lasting work of art, which is in itself a lasting work of art. The Masterpiece (Book) : Davis, Fiona : 1928. Clare also suffered a devastating loss in her personal life. " And I LOVE Beatriz Williams books, so that's a plus. He muttered a four-letter word. He shoved the hood back and raked his hands through his hair. Jasper tells Roman, “Faith is just the beginning of a long, difficult journey.” How does this play out in Roman’s life after his near-death experience? The occupant must be a hoarder. For the nearly nine million people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. Fiona Davis’ signature blend of past and present, history and architecture, secrets and discovery make every novel a must-read. This unputdownable novel has it all: two unique women in a cleverly plotted novel in a world of forgotten artists set in New York's Grand Central Terminal. Cursing, he pulled out another can and started spraying. It’s the only work I can offer you right now.”. If you have a credit card, I can place the order and have everything delivered by tomorrow afternoon.”. “Why a temp agency?”. THIS is just the kind of dual storyline book I love to read with two fascinating stories linked together by a painting. His body had just relaxed when the chimes started again. I’m just . Understandable, considering his less-than-friendly greeting. Stop where you are!”. ... Book reviews cover the content, themes and worldviews of fiction books, not their literary merit, and equip parents to decide whether a book is appropriate for their children. “I’m sorry. The independent, prickly woman was achieving success as an illustrator until the Great Depression put many artists out of work. Tires squealed. I’ll have a better idea of what you need after I go through all this.”. The police car sat at the curb. Where real people, events, establishments, organizations, or locales appear, they are used fictitiously. He should be reveling after his successful night raid, not feeling like an old man in need of a recliner. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. Have you ever been in a similar situation? One officer had returned to the squad car. He heard voices and racing feet. An unexpected and redemptive love story that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece. Roman swung over the edge of another roof. Velasco, we need to talk about a few essentials.”, He stopped, hoping nothing was about to spoil his sense of relief. “At least give me two weeks before you quit.”, Her shoulders drooped slightly. He had needed her. Imbedded within are two intelligent and talented women fighting for their right to have a voice in their lives, especially regarding their livelihoods. Sum up your own beliefs in a short statement like Roman’s. One woman who struggled to find her place in the art world when the prevailing belief was "only men can be artists ". The startled officer drew his gun and pointed it at Roman as he climbed. A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Hazel eyes wide, she put her hands up in a conciliatory gesture. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. For Clara Darden, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future. “I take it black.” He took a sip. She frowned, studying him like a bug under glass. It is character driven with no action so far, so I feel like nothing is happening, but maybe I just don't have enough patience. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. She began her career in New York City as an actress, working on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater. If he got caught now, he’d do jail time. So much to enjoy -Please follow. He didn’t want to scare this one away. That’s all he needed to leave a parade of characters dancing on the wall—all looking like the top-hatted businessman from the Monopoly game, the last one leaping toward the street. She wasn’t sure the job would pay well enough to get a small apartment for herself and her son, Samuel, but it was a start. Grabbing the thermal pot from the coffeemaker, he headed for his studio. I don’t do normal. It is a case of it is me, not you. He liked that. There’s barely open space on the floor.” She peered back into the room. Two parents, nice home in a nice suburb, private school, college. How did you feel about this element of the story? He needed sleep. Her writing, characters and choice of historical settings are always superb. It is well-written and has steady pacing. Must be a slow night if these two cops wanted to spend this much time hunting a graffiti artist. Connell Waldron and Marianne Sheridan are classmates in the small Irish town of Carricklea, where his mother works for her family as a cleaner. If you’re comfortable doing so, share it with the group. Moore it is.” He could be respectful . What were your initial impressions of Roman? I have a deep love for both the 20s and the 70s and now I got them both. He couldn’t remember having met a girl who blushed at all, let alone three times in a few hours. “Find the computer and figure it out.” He needed another cup of coffee before he did anything else. Fiona Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of historical novels set in iconic New York City buildings, including THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE (a GMA Book Club Pick) and THE CHELSEA GIRLS. Help me, Lord. After getting a master's degree at Columbia Journalism School, she fell in love with writing, leapfrogging from editor to freelance journalist before finally settling down to write fiction. The man in the bedroom snorted and stirred. Had he dreamed he was in Westminster Abbey? The Masterpiece Francine Rivers. Crouching, he moved quickly. She looked uncomfortable. I jumped on the chance to read this because I really liked Fiona Davis's last book. Another building abutted the five-story apartment house, the perfect location for graffiti. Grace didn’t want to give Selah false hope, but she had nowhere else to go. The POV switches between Clara and Virginia as the tale unfolds. Samuel stirred in his crib. How did Roman’s response make you feel? Women usually did, but not with her guarded expression. “If I swear, it won’t be aimed at you. He’d have to be more careful if he wanted to keep Grace Moore around. She clearly regretted speaking so quickly, but he couldn’t argue. Think about how we view and experience art and artists today. Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? He sat still for a minute, waiting for the odd sensation to pass. In what areas do you build walls? Arshile Gorky was an abstract expressionist painter who led a large and ultimately tragic life, while illustrator Helen Dryden was considered the highest paid woman artist in the early 1930s before mysteriously disappearing. No sarcasm. Are there any stark differences and/or similarities between the present and the past? Gripping a ledge, Roman pulled himself up and went in through the open apartment window. The beam of light tracked his escape across the roof. He’d honor them. “With The Masterpiece, Fiona Davis returns with another page-turning tale of that will transport readers, this time centered around New York City’s magnificent and storied Grand Central Terminal. “Is there a phone in there somewhere?”, “Yes. He’d had to use more tape than usual, so it took longer. Rather than push his luck any further, Roman waited another few minutes before venturing out to the sidewalk. I’m begging. The circumstances of his conception and the complications he’d added to her life ceased to matter the moment she first held him in her arms. The police car crossed the next street, not slowing as it headed back toward Santa Monica Boulevard. A half-empty can of spray paint fell out of his jostled pack and exploded on the pavement below. We won’t be around each other that much.”, “A personal assistant has to work in close contact with her boss. Now every other canine up and down the street was sounding the alarm. He might as well stay up. As he started to get out of his car, a wave of weakness hit him. The transitions were smooth, and it was easy to keep track of the various characters. He bolted, face averted. “I don’t know what I want, but I think you’re what I need.”, She probably came from a nice tidy life. The dogs had stopped barking. “Think you can bring order to my chaos?” The girl was silent so long, he felt defensive. He’d walked with purpose, hoping they’d think he was just some guy heading home from a night shift. A white beam of light fixed on the front door. Not hearing any footsteps behind him, Roman paused and looked back. Feeling his perusal, she looked at him. Roman went down one street, along a paved driveway, and over a wall. Of Grace? Opening the stainless steel refrigerator, Roman grabbed a bottle of orange juice. He had used her. He held his breath. That’s about right, I guess. He might have taken her up on her offer if he hadn’t had enough experience with women like her. A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller! Shutting off the tap, he stepped out, kicked aside used towels, and grabbed the last clean one off the cabinet shelf. “Wait a minute!” He dumped the laptop on his drafting table and went after her. “Like I want a woman on my doorstep first thing in the morning.”, “Mrs. Okay. He shut off the engine and sat for a few seconds as the door whirred closed behind him. Although Zola’s characters in The Masterpiece meet with varying levels of tragedy and compromise, their real-life counterparts fared significantly better. It's 2011, after the financial crisis, which hovers around the edges of the book like a ghost. Welcome back. “Yeah, well, everything gets old eventually.” He put the bottle of orange juice on the counter. He felt the onset of a headache, and the click of her high heels on the stone-tile floor wasn’t helping. Knocking over a half-empty bottle of water and the alarm clock, he caught himself before he pitched face-first onto the floor. “We’ll talk more after I get cleaned up.”. The basement parking lot was well lit. The police car had stopped in front of the bank. Connell is popular in school, good at soccer, and nice; Marianne is strange and friendless. Selah and Ruben were in no hurry for her to leave. 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