On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn’t know she had, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.
The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences
This is the best book I have read so far this year. I wasn’t planning to read it, however, one day while I was utterly disappointed at the bookstore for not finding the books I wanted, I was attracted by the beautiful cover of the book. The story is captivating, especially since it’s about two females, who are connected by a painting painted in Spain in the 1930’s. I loved the characters so much, especially Olive and Teresa. The story carries so many emotions, and I highly recommend reading it.