A special thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The cover of this book is spectacular, just gorgeous. Unfortunately, the story not so much. Waters-Sayer ticks several boxes—Paris, London, art—but the actual story fell flat through characters that were not likeable and underdeveloped. The best writing of the book is the descriptions of the city, she creates some lovely visuals with her prose.
The premise, Kat Lind, an expat living in London with her successful husband and son, attends a gallery opening only to find that she is the subject in the paintings that stemmed from her past relationship with the artist, Daniel Blake. She is drawn back to Daniel and and must decide if she should leave the past as part of her history or make it her future.
I liked the juxtaposition of the historic home renovation against her relationship; the past colliding with the modern of the architecture and the premise that the past simply cannot be erased, the bones of the home will always be there, just like her past choices have made her who she is.