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Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan
Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan: A Novel of a Life in Art | Deborah Reed
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The story of a famous abstract painter at the end of her lifeher family, her art, and the long-buried secrets that wont stay hidden for much longer. Ninety-three-year-old Violet Swan has spent a lifetime translating tragedy and hardship into art, becoming famous for her abstract paintings, which evoke tranquility, innocence, and joy. For nearly a century Violet has lived a peaceful, private life of painting on the coast of Oregon. The business of Violet is run by her only child, Francisco, and his wife, Penny. But shortly before Violet's death, an earthquake sets a series of events in motion, and her deeply hidden past begins to resurface. When her beloved grandson returns home with a family secret in tow, Violet is forced to come to terms with the life she left behind so long agoa life her family knows nothing about. A generational saga set against the backdrop of twentieth-century America and into the present day, Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan is the story of a girl who escaped rural Georgia at fourteen during World War II, crossing the country alone and broke. It is the story of how that girl met the man who would become her devoted husband, how she became a celebrated artist, and above all, how her life, inspired by nothing more than the way she imagined it to be, would turn out to be her greatest masterpiece.
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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This book starts with an earthquake but then moves glacially slow in all of the right ways. We slowly get to know the 93-year-old famous abstract painter, Violet Swan. moving back and forth from past to present, we learn about violet's life. Her history, her heartaches, the oh so difficult hard times, well it's a oil-based cake rather than butter and beautiful memories. As her grandson finally gets to know her in her last... More in comments

TheHeartlandBookFairy last days while filming a documentary about her life, violet relives those many precious memories with a new understanding and peace. I enjoyed reading and savoring this beautiful book and at the end, I loved the description of (no spoilers here, I'll let you read the book and the description) and beautiful meaning behind violet swans painting, Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan... Finished in next comment 2y
TheHeartlandBookFairy "like the dawn of a new day. Each one is an offering, take it, it's yours to do what you want with it." I'll end with our family motto which seems appropriate after this quote and is probably why it spoke to me..."Make every moment count" ☺️❤️. PS...Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan would make an excellent book club book! 2y
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Desiree.Reads
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While enjoying this novel, I couldn‘t help but think of the elderly version of Rose in James Cameron‘s Titanic, when she reveals that, “A woman‘s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.” That perfectly explains our heroine in the Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan, a Novel of Life in Art.
A big thank you to Deborah Reed, Mariner Books, and NetGalley for providing a free Advance Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.

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Monica5
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I Finally finished this book. To me it was just ok. I kept finding other things to do bc it just didn't keep me rooted to my seat

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Really enjoyed this one! For some reason I always felt it soothing when reading.

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I'm continuing on some of my Netgalley books. (And shhhhh I asked for more today. 😚) I just finished Shadowplay and now reading this Pale Morning one. Looks like a great one to use for the #ReadingWomen challenge prompt about a woman artist.