“Soul Painter” by Cara Luecht, book review
Miriam watches people walk below her window and paints them. But she never meets them. She has lived a solitary life since her mother and father died years ago. But she feels apart of the lives of those she paints. She sees vivid colors that surround them and often she sees their future.
John is a deacon at the church near the alley. He also watches from his window and sees lost souls who pass below his window. One night while out on a walk Miriam stumbles upon an injured young lady. She carries the girl to her rooms above the warehouse. Then she turns to John for help. Together they begin a quest to find the man who injured the girl and many others. During the process, they both help each other overcome issues of insecurity and trust.
From the cover description this book I thought this book would be a mystery perhaps with some “dark” issues. Rather, it is more of a murder mystery type of story. There is some detective type work that John and Miriam do, along with her solicitor. And in the end, good wins out.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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WhiteFire Publishing (March 15, 2014)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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I never planned to be a writer. In fact, it took me a while to finish college. But I did, and here I am. And I now I can’t imagine not being a writer.
By day, I am an English Instructor at MATC, Marketing Manager for Degnan Design Builders, Inc., mother to four amazing children, wife to an eternally patient and supportive husband, and Worship Leader for Living Hope Fellowship in Sun Prairie, WI. In the evening, when I can squirrel away some quiet time, I read and write historical fiction.
I have a B.A. in English Lit. from UW Whitewater and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Miriam paints the future…but can she change it?
Chicago – 1890
Miriam watches the people jostle their way below the windows of her warehouse home, never thinking to look up at her as she paints their faces. But Miriam’s gift as an artist goes beyond a mere recording of what is: Miriam paints their futures. Only once was she wrong. One woman doesn’t match the future Miriam saw. The bright girl was supposed to grow into a respected businesswoman. Instead, Ione disappears nightly into the shadowed alley next to the cathedral with the other prostitutes. Then one night, while walking through the city fog, Miriam finds Ione broken and beaten. Miriam is forced to open her home to the stranger whose face she knows so well and open her life to change she never could have foretold. Women are missing—some found floating in the river, some never seen again. The deacon from the cathedral is the first to help. Soon Miriam’s solicitor, Michael, aids her in rejoining society so they might uncover the evil at work in the corrupt city…and awakens feelings she had never considered before. Finally engaged with the world she has so long observed, finally stirred by love and friendship, Miriam realizes the responsibility of her gifting. No longer can she just paint what will be. She must now help Ione find the future she is meant to have…and find her own along with it.