REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack

02_The Memory Painter PB CoverThe Memory Painter: A Novel of Love and Reincarnation
by Gwendolyn Womack

Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Picador USA
Paperback; 336 Pages
ISBN: 978-1250095770

Genre: Historical Fiction/Time Travel/Mystery/Romance

Finalist for the 2016 RWA Prism Awards for Best First Book & Best Time Travel/ Steampunk category.

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Two lovers who have travelled across time.

A team of scientists at the cutting edge of memory research.

A miracle drug that unlocks an ancient mystery.

At once a sweeping love story and a time-travelling adventure, Gwendolyn Womack’s luminous debut novel, The Memory Painter, is perfect for readers of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Life After Life and Winter’s Tale.

Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist, whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there’s a secret to Bryan’s success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. Bryan believes these dreams are really recollections―possibly even flashback from another life―and he has always hoped that his art will lead him to an answer. And when he meets Linz Jacobs, a neurogeneticist who recognizes a recurring childhood nightmare in one Bryan’s paintings, he is convinced she holds the key.

Their meeting triggers Bryan’s most powerful dream yet―visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer’s, died in a lab explosion decades ago. As his visions intensify, Bryan and Linz start to discern a pattern. But a deadly enemy watches their every move, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that the past stays buried.

The Memory Painter is at once a taut thriller and a deeply original love story that transcends time and space, spanning six continents and 10,000 years of history.

“Gwendolyn Womack’s tale dazzles.” ―US Weekly (Standout Spring Novels)

“…hang on for a wild and entertaining ride around the world and through the centuries back to ancient Egypt.” ~ Library Journal, starred review

“A sweeping, mesmerizing feat of absolute magic. . . . ~ M.J. Rose, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Witch of Painted Sorrows

“Layers of past and present form a rich pastry of a narrative, poignant and thoughtful, rich and suspenseful, filled with intrigue and dripping with meaning… ~ Charlie Lovett, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Bookman’s Tale and First Impressions

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About the Author

Originally from Houston, Texas, Gwendolyn Womack began writing theater plays in college at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She went on to receive an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Directing Theatre, Video & Cinema. Currently she resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son where she can be found at the keyboard working on her next novel. The Memory Painter is her first novel.

For more information visit Gwendolyn’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

MY TAKE:
  

This was one of those books that is a page-turner and would usually be one that I read in one long sitting.  While I was forced to put it down for various reasons in life, I couldn’t get it out of my head and did read it over the weekend.

 

The premise of this story is fascinating. It intertwines romance, history, reincarnation, mystery and a form of time travel all into one spellbinding adventure. I’m really finding it hard to believe that this is Ms. Womack’s first novel. The characters are well written, both those in present time and those of the past life personalities. I enjoyed the jaunts back into the various eras, especially the ancient Egypt segments. The symbolism and mythology were well presented and made for great reading. I like how the author tied the characters and so many clues into the various threads of the story. I found myself trying to guess where we were headed next and who’d we meet. The choice of various historical figures was intriguing.

 

I highly recommend this story to readers of various genres. It has a lot to offer on top of just pure enjoyment. I am hoping that there will be a sequel!

 

Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it:

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, July 6
Review at Creating Herstory

Thursday, July 7
Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads
Excerpt at Diana’s Book Reviews

Friday, July 8
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Review at Library Educated
Review at Just One More Chapter
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Saturday, July 9
Interview at The Book Junkie Reads
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Sunday, July 10
Review at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf

Monday, July 11
Review at Book Nerd
Review at Layered Pages
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Tuesday, July 12
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Interview at History From a Woman’s Perspective

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