Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Gifted by Gail Bowen

Joanne's adopted daughter, Taylor, is really coming into her own as an artist. Taylor's mother, Sally Love, was a famous painter who died when Taylor was a young child and Joanne has raised Taylor since then, because Joanne and Sally were close childhood friends. Joanne's relationship with Taylor has always been easygoing but becomes complicated when Julian Zentner starts to influence Taylor about taking risks in her personal life to enrich her art.  Since Taylor is only fifteen and Julian is several years older, Joanne and her husband, Zack, are very concerned. Julian has been having an affair with Lauren Treadgold, a woman more than twenty years older than he is, but even this fact doesn't dissuade Taylor from spending time with Julian.  Will Joanne and Zack be able to maintain their strong relationship with Taylor or will it fall apart? Gail Bowen has written another solid entry in the long running Joanne Kilbourn series.  I always love catching up with Joanne, her friends and her family.  It was also nice to explore Joanne's relationship with Taylor.  In reading about Joanne and Taylor, it brought back a lot of memories of the first book I read in the series, Love and Murder, which featured Taylor's mother, Sally. These books are a great read-alike for Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway books.  The Gifted will be published in August.

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