Dory works in the sex trade, the clean-up end. She deals with the damage caused. Her job has given her a jaundiced view of men and relationships. Always a clear eyed realist, she suddenly finds herself chasing a dream.
Stefan is a single-minded loner, his sole ambition is to make a living from his art. So how did he find himself facing a class of adults who want their old teacher back? Love is an emotion he long ago closed off, but is it time to let others into his life?
Fran (Dory’s older sister) is a stay-at-home mother without enough to keep her occupied. She is on a collision course with her mid-life crisis. Her craving for the excitement and romance of her youth puts everything she really loves now at risk.
Dominic is a damaged child. He knows all about sex but nothing about love. He wants to make sense of the past, but maybe it’s time to look to the future. If he can accept the love and help on offer, perhaps he has a chance to transform his life.
Four people meet once a week to draw the human figure. All have failed to achieve what they thought they wanted in life. They come to realise that it’s not just the naked model they need to study and understand. Their stories are very different, but they all have secrets they hide from the world and from themselves. By uncovering and coming to terms with the past, maybe they can move on to an unimagined future.
This is a lovely story exploring a group of people who are all from different walks of life but all joined together through their mutual interest in art.
Lovely sub-story lines between the characters and I enjoyed how each of the chapters focused on one of the leading characters yet you were not leaving the others behind. It is clear that each person is on a journey, whilst most don’t even realise it.
Well written with humour, emotion and is a lovely gentle read. This book will engage you and you’ll want to turn the pages to reach the very satisfying ending.
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