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TLC Tour Review: The Artist Colony by Joanna Fitzpatrick

Title: The Artist Colony
Author: Joanna Fitzpatrick
Year published: 2021
Category: Adult fiction (mystery, historical fiction)
Pages: 328 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location: (my 2022 Google Reading map)USA (California)

SummarySarah puts her own artistic career on hold and, trailed by Ada Belle’s devoted dog, Albert, becomes a secret sleuth, a task made harder by the misogyny and racism she discovers in this seemingly idyllic locale.

Part mystery, part historical fiction, this engrossing novel celebrates the artistic talents of early women painters, the deep bonds of sisterhood, the muse that is beautiful scenery, and the determination of one young woman to discover the truth, to protect an artistic legacy, and to give her sister the farewell she deserves.

Review: The description of this book really spoke to me when I first read it in the TLC Tour email. I mean, it's historical fiction and a mystery, what's not to like?! And the cover is so pretty and calming to me.

As you know, I love a good Afterword. Well, this book had a Pre-word instead, which explained how this novel came to being and the real life background of the author's relative Ada Belle and her history in the Cambria artist colony. I love that we knew that information going into the story.

This story is well written and incorporates the mystery and the history of the Carmel art community well. As I read I really wanted to see the art work the story talks about, but I realize it isn't real. The art community is well defined, the characters are ones I connected with, and the mystery was handled well.

Challenges for which this counts:  
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