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Human . . . and flawed . . . are we all . . . even set against the backdrop of French vineyards bathed in warmth and sunshine . . . an inner demon gnaws at us sometimes, a need to be free of one's tethers . . . and so Marie, a woman who seemed to have it all . . . three beautiful children and a husband who loved her, just up and left one day . . . in a day and age, when that just wasn't done, leaving Ella Moreau, the oldest of the children to imagine for years that she was the reason her mother left . . . the story begins in 1929 when Ella is seven and continues up until 1960 when she is a young woman . . . spanning the family's move back to France from America, following the death of Ella's grandfather, the years leading up to WWII and afterward . . . finding refuge in her art, Ella paints from her memories, and a treasure of canvases build up in her studio . . . eventually her father sends her to Paris where her artwork can be properly represented and sold in Madame DuBois' gallery . . . all in all, a gentle, flowing tale of a young girl with a God given talent, honestly told, and of a precious family, humanly flawed . . . but not beyond the redemption by a Holy and righteous God who ever waits to extend to us His grace . . .
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Listened to it completely in two sittings - had intended to do it in 8!!!
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