Ten minutes. Amazon Barnes & Noble Books-A-Million Bookshop ChristianBook.com Lifeway Parable Tyndale House Walmart, Apple Books ChristianBook.com Google Play Kindle Kobo Nook, Apple Books Audible Audiobooks.com ChristianAudio.com Google Play Kobo Libro.fm Nook Audiobooks. He felt the onset of a headache, and the click of her high heels on the stone-tile floor wasn’t helping. The car had slowed, checking him out, and then moved on. Even at three in the morning, cars sped along the boulevard. He hadn’t gone two steps before bumping into something. ” — Bookreporter.com One more minute. I’ll be right back.” His wallet wasn’t in or on the armoire or his bedside table. Thank goodness for jury duty - allowing me to read the bulk of this fascinating historical fiction novel in one sitting! Book Review - The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis Join us on August 29 at 7pm Central to discuss The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis with a special appearance by the author. How is this different for him from the casual hookups he’s had until now? It took him an hour to make his way back to his BMW. He hoped she’d be more amenable to a variety of duties than the others Mrs. Sandoval had sent. Hazel eyes wide, she put her hands up in a conciliatory gesture. The dogs had stopped barking. Sliding into the driver’s seat, he couldn’t resist driving east to check out his work. Worse, he’d destroy the budding reputation Roman Velasco was earning as a legitimate artist. Clothes spilled over the hamper. New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers 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. Why? “I’m not trying to make you angry.”, Was that it? And he liked her. Talia Reisner had planted the idea of hiring someone to take care of what she called “the mundane minutiae of life” so he could concentrate on his art. One full night would fix him up. Doors opened, and both officers emerged. He gave a soft laugh. He kept spraying. Fiona Davis is a descriptive writer which brings the book … Roman spotted an open window a couple of buildings over and decided to climb up rather than down. Roman closed his eyes, craving darkness. “I’m not angry with you. Might be nice to have someone who did the work and didn’t ask too many questions. He might as well stay up. For a split second, Roman debated inventing a quick story for why he’d be heading out for a walk at three thirty in the morning, but somehow he knew no story was going to keep him out of cuffs. The independent, prickly woman was achieving success as an illustrator until the Great Depression put many artists out of work. “Are you going to say something?”, “It’ll take longer than a week to organize all this.”, “I never said it had to be done in a week.”, She looked back at him. One woman who struggled to find her place in the art world when the prevailing belief was "only men can be artists ". “You’re a far cry from my last boss.”. How did you feel about this element of the story? But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different. Let’s take care of the order so you can get going on yours.”, A Path to Redeeming Love: A Forty-Day Devotional. “Is there a phone in there somewhere?”, “Yes. Imbedded within are two intelligent and talented women fighting for their right to have a voice in their lives, especially regarding their livelihoods. Maybe he’d lost them. Bianchi called for the check. He offered an apologetic smile. I’m Grace Moore. How did Roman’s response make you feel? How do we see this happening in the story? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Three times in less than twenty-four hours. 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. 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. If he got caught now, he’d do jail time. The last section of paper peeled away, and he added three small black interlocking letters that looked like a bird in flight. Right across the street was a bank building, and he’d already left a piece on the front door. He’d have to be more careful if he wanted to keep Grace Moore around. She lasted three days. 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 Masterpiece (Book) : Davis, Fiona : 1928. It’s the only work I can offer you right now.”. When the chimes started again, he shouted in frustration and stood up. None had produced a job. Stripping off his clothes, he sprawled across the unmade bed. “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. He didn’t want to scare this one away. She looked ready to bolt. It was a long stencil and took precious minutes to secure. You might think that perhaps this choice of set-up in historical fiction would eventually feel overused or loose it's magic as it's been used to death; but for me it's the perfect way to relate a story. He debated telling her to come back tomorrow, but knew she wouldn’t. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different. How did you ultimately make a decision? He found the sneakers he’d worn the night before. It was that simple. One officer was out of the car, flashlight in hand. Think you can do it?”, “I don’t know, but I’d like to try. The startled officer drew his gun and pointed it at Roman as he climbed. “I don’t.” He lifted the mug and realized he’d already downed the coffee. 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. “Why aren’t you still with him?”, “He retired and turned his business over to another firm. Opening the stainless steel refrigerator, Roman grabbed a bottle of orange juice. Good. Roman raced across the yard and over the back fence. He shoved the hood back and raked his hands through his hair. The girl was still standing outside. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. . Rather than push his luck any further, Roman waited another few minutes before venturing out to the sidewalk. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. “Long night.”. She had the right look for the job—cool, calm, collected. He needed sleep. It’s the nature of the job.”, “Personal is a loaded word.” He let his smile turn rogue. The Masterpiece (Book) : Rivers, Francine : A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want--money, women, fame. “Not bad.” Better than Starbucks, but he didn’t want to hand out compliments too soon. “Where did you work before the temp agency?”, “I was redundant, as the British would say.” She glanced at him. “I’m an artist, in case you weren’t told. Unzipping and removing the black hoodie, he headed down the hallway to his bedroom. She is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art, and dreams of creating cover art for Vogue. He thought he was home free until he realized he wasn’t alone in the backyard. Grace Moore stood silent, not offering an apology. The Masterpiece is the tragic story of Claude Lantier, an ambitious and talented young artist who has come from the provinces to conquer Paris but is conquered instead by the flaws of his own genius. He went into the kitchen adjoining the living room. His anger dissolved like salt in water. The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. Grace Moore stood exactly where he’d left her. The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. He needed a worker bee, not a girlfriend. Pulling on sweats, Roman grabbed a wrinkled T-shirt off the carpet and headed barefoot down the hall. “Get lost!” He stepped back and slammed the door. The police car crossed the next street, not slowing as it headed back toward Santa Monica Boulevard. The chimes started in again just as he yanked open the door. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as The Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist―an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison. Would this girl be up to the task? “A Philistine?” There was that blush again. Grace remembers that Patrick “hadn’t forced her to give up anything, but he’d known how to make her feel guilty enough to surrender all her dreams so he could attain his.” Are you or someone you know being manipulated by false guilt? He grabbed a can of spray paint and shook it. THIS is just the kind of dual storyline book I love to read with two fascinating stories linked together by a painting. Tires squealed. Cursing, Roman pulled a pillow over his head, hoping to muffle the song that could be heard from one end of the five-thousand-square-foot house to the other. Looking back, she wondered if Patrick had ever loved her. Maybe he’d get lucky tonight and sleep without dreaming. He found himself curious. To create our list,... To see what your friends thought of this book. “Maybe I should call you something else.”, She was unbending a little, but still setting boundaries. Is this a mistake made by the author or is there something I don't know about pencils from 1920s? 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. He’d walked with purpose, hoping they’d think he was just some guy heading home from a night shift. The longer she lived with the Garcias, the more complicated things became. As soon as it disappeared down the street, he’d done the work on the glass door of the bank building. “What’re you waiting for? Grand Central Terminal in New York City was a masterpiece when it was built. After Roman and Grace visit Aunt Elizabeth, Grace shares her experience about an angel visiting her as a child, which opened her heart to the Lord. Tyndale, $25.99 (500p) ISBN 978-1-4964-0790-0. This book was another good book by her, going back and forth from the 20’s to the 70’s. “I forgot you were coming.”, She looked like she’d rather be any place but here, not that he could blame her. All other elements of the novel are drawn from the author’s imagination. She picked her way to the center of the room and looked around at the stacks of papers. 4.5 actually. He found the elevator, his heart pounding faster as it took its sweet time rising. The Masterpiece: A Novel (A Redemptive, Character-Driven, Contemporary Christian Fiction Romance Novel) Hardcover – February 6, 2018. by. Aunt Elizabeth was right. See search results for this author. A white beam of light fixed on the front door. She’d found the laptop. Thankfully, she’d passed the interview and tests with the temp agency and been added to their list. Now every other canine up and down the street was sounding the alarm. I loved the setting of the Grand Central Terminal and the art aspect to this novel was quite intriguing. What were your initial impressions of Roman? He felt on firmer ground. What did you hope she’d do? Heart hammering, Roman took a flying leap onto the next building. A wind came up, pulling a portion away. There’s a time for everything under the sun, Bobby Ray. Meaning Roman wasn’t. “Essentials?”, “A desk and office chair, for starters. The Masterpiece Francine Rivers. “If you approve of everything I’ve listed, you can put in your credit card information.”, She flinched and let out a soft breath. New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers 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. [Levon comes to the diner where Clara works and says that he has lead poisoning. Selah still hoped Grace would change her mind and sign the adoption papers. Swearing under his breath, Roman worked quickly to tape it. She tapped lightly at the doorframe and waited for permission to enter. His body had just relaxed when the chimes started again. Okay. She was a fool. Someone had pushed the doorbell. “Can’t you read?” He jabbed a finger at the sign posted next to the front door. “Use the regular coffeemaker.”, “Strong.” He headed down the hall. Grace wonders why she couldn’t see the truth about Patrick, and in chapter 26, Aunt Elizabeth comments to Miranda that Leanne couldn’t see the similarities between her husband and their abusive father, either. The Question and Answer section for The Masterpiece is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.. She had ideas about what an artist might want besides a woman with office skills. He sat still for a minute, waiting for the odd sensation to pass. As far as I know pencils were always made from graphite and there was never any lead in them. Buy this book. Roman went down one street, along a paved driveway, and over a wall. When Grace asks Roman what he believes, he says, “We’re born. “I’ll show you where you’ll be working.” He led her down the east wing and opened a door. A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller! What are some ways you’ve found to begin to tear them down, either in your own life or the life of someone close to you. She’d sent out dozens of résumés since being laid off over a year ago and only received a few calls back for interviews. The other temps all had something to say about it, but none seemed capable of knowing where and how to start. The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. He removed the cap, drank from the bottle, and lowered it. Roman went back to work. “Yeah, well, everything gets old eventually.” He put the bottle of orange juice on the counter. Knocking over a half-empty bottle of water and the alarm clock, he caught himself before he pitched face-first onto the floor. 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. If you have a credit card, I can place the order and have everything delivered by tomorrow afternoon.”. “Come on in.”, He’d gone through four temps in the last month. One told him he could make his own coffee. He hoped that would be the case with this one. 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. Not hearing any footsteps behind him, Roman paused and looked back. He was too tired to take a shower, too tired to turn the air conditioner down to sixty-five, too tired to eat, though his stomach cramped with hunger. An interesting story centered on the Grand Central Terminal in NYC told from the viewpoint of two different women, 50 years apart. Are there any stark differences and/or similarities between the present and the past? The Masterpiece. “Find the computer and figure it out.” He needed another cup of coffee before he did anything else. Start one.” She’d already cleaned the granite counter. Roman moved fast for a few blocks and then slowed to a normal gait to catch his breath. Every day that passed increased her desire to be independent again. 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. Why is this such a convenient tactic for manipulation—or even to make us doubt our own actions and decisions? A man shouted. He’d like to get his hands on the owner who installed the blasted system. Sandoval said you don’t have any good ones.” She took a shaky breath and met his gaze. “If you use cream or sugar, you’ll have to tell me where you hide them.”. Visit her at, “Mr. He couldn’t remember having met a girl who blushed at all, let alone three times in a few hours. Wonderful reading. The POV switches between Clara and Virginia as the tale unfolds. 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. Brake lights glowed hot red on the street. “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. I’m begging. “Please move.”, Roman saw she’d already cleared work space on the card table and made neat piles. One officer had returned to the squad car. When he pressed the button, nothing happened. .” He muttered a foul word under his breath. We’d love your help. He hadn’t seen it that shiny since he moved in. Two parents, nice home in a nice suburb, private school, college. If you’re comfortable doing so, share it with the group. She frowned, studying him like a bug under glass. Originally published in 1982, The Masterpiece of Nature examines sex as representative of the most important challenge to the modern theory of evolution. The Masterpiece is a work of fiction. The Masterpiece (Book) : Rivers, Francine : "A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want--money, women, fame. There was more to the job than making coffee, a lot more. Selah and Ruben were in no hurry for her to leave. He was thirsty and needed caffeine. Maybe it was her complete lack of interest in him. Morning shot spears of sunlight. She looked back at him without expression. Click here for more information. End of story.” Have you ever felt that way, or known someone who did? Fiona Davis’ signature blend of past and present, history and architecture, secrets … This is my 3rd book by Fiona Davis. The bank would have its front door cleaned by noon, but the high piece on the wall across the street would last longer. She’d have time to nurse him and change his diaper before handing him over to Selah. Was it the same one that had come by an hour ago, when he’d been heading for the bank? The officers followed like hounds after a fox. He tilted his head, studying her. I don’t think he knows what he needs. Susan tells Grace that if Roman can’t let go of his past, he will never reach his full potential, and Grace knows the same applies to her. Why is it still not enough for Grace? “I’ll send you one more, Mr. Velasco, and if she doesn’t work out, I’ll give you the name of my competitor.”. Francine Rivers (Author) › Visit Amazon's Francine Rivers Page. Women usually did, but not with her guarded expression. 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. “Down the other hall, up the stairs on the right.” He paused and looked back at her. It is also about misogyny and how much more difficult it is for women to succeed than men. 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