Sally Cabot Gunning has done it again. Set on Martha’s Vineyard in 1898, Painting the Light presents a strong, resilient heroine learning to make her own way --wrapped in a love letter to simple pleasures and small-town life.
Life hasn’t gone as planned for Ida Russell. In her former life, she was a budding artist and one of the select few women attending the renowned Museum School in Boston. After tragedy strikes, she finds herself managing a sheep farm on Martha’s Vineyard after an ill-advised marriage. Throughout the process of reinventing herself, Ida experiences love and loss as she discovers what matters most of all.
Brimming with period details and fascinating particulars of women’s suffrage and a world in flux--especially for women--Painting the Light has an authenticity about it as it portrays everyday people caught up in history. For readers, this is pure delight, and historical fiction at its finest.
....run, don't walk, to the nearest nonschool library or to the local bookstore and get whatever it was that they banned. Read whatever they're trying to keep out of your eyes and your brain, because that's exactly what you need to know.” ― Stephen King