BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by @diane.chamberlain.author
Genre: Historical Fiction
After agreeing to restore an old mural created by artist Anna Dale in 1939, Morgan was released from prison early. Determined to complete the restoration by the impossible deadline set by her benefactor’s will, she builds not only new art skills but also her own self esteem. The more Morgan cleans the mural, the more mysterious the details become. What was Anna trying to reveal with her art? What were the big lies in the small town of Edenton, North Carolina? “Anna… had started the mural with such hope and joy and had ended it with fear and sorrow.” Alternating between the past and the present, I was equally invested in both story lines. I love books that feature art and this was no exception. My favorite part was reading the excerpts from Anna’s diary and finally discovering what big lies had been spread in the small town.
For more about art restoration, try The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro. Other books I’ve loved that also feature art include: A Different Kind of Fire by @suanneschafer, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, and Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose.
I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.