He sat still for a minute, waiting for the odd sensation to pass. Doors opened, and both officers emerged. A vehicle approached. “Down the other hall, up the stairs on the right.” He paused and looked back at her. “I take it black.” He took a sip. Ask Your Own Question [When Virginia saw the name of the artist whose exhibit she had gone to see, Georgia Totto O'Keeffe, was it just the fact that "Totto" was the middle name of an acclaimed artist that made Virginia suspect that Totto, with whom she worked, might be Clara Darden? Book Review: The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers. When the chimes started again, he shouted in frustration and stood up. Every employer wanted a college graduate these days, and she’d only completed a year and a half before putting her education on hold so she could support her husband, Patrick, until he graduated. Crouching, he moved quickly. Deal?” He held out his hand. The independent, prickly woman was achieving success as an illustrator until the Great Depression put many artists out of work. Fiona Davis is one of my top favourite female authors . Roman Velasco climbed the fire escape and swung over the wall onto the flat roof. How can we know which is best? That’s all. Good. Grace remembers that Patrick “hadn’t forced her to give up anything, but he’d known how to make her feel guilty enough to surrender all her dreams so he could attain his.” Are you or someone you know being manipulated by false guilt? “If I swear, it won’t be aimed at you. The paper stencil hooked on something and tore. The Question and Answer section for The Masterpiece is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.. And I LOVE Beatriz Williams books, so that's a plus. “Why aren’t you still with him?”, “He retired and turned his business over to another firm. The elevator doors opened. It was first published in 1684 and written by an unknown author who falsely claimed to be Aristotle. “I’ll show you where you’ll be working.” He led her down the east wing and opened a door. The Masterpiece is the story of 2 women: Clara Darden, an illustrator who teaches at the Grand Central School of Art in 1928; and Virginia Clay, a newly divorced woman and mother of a college age daughter who has just taken a job in the information booth at Grand Central Terminal in 1975. What are some reasons for sharing the truth, whether a person seems ready or not? Just stay cool. Roman slipped out quickly and closed the door behind him. These include the fate of Zola’s obvious self-portrait in the form of the novelist Pierre Sandoz. Roman raced across the yard and over the back fence. Bing. Clare also suffered a devastating loss in her personal life. " August 7th 2018 Sandoval said nine o’clock. Roman held the door open and waited a few seconds to scope the area before he stepped out. “Mrs. The Masterpiece (Book) : Davis, Fiona : 1928. He was looking for someone to field calls and handle the mundane details of correspondence, bills, scheduling. Roman spotted an open window a couple of buildings over and decided to climb up rather than down. Grace wonders why she couldn’t see the truth about Patrick, and in chapter 26, Aunt Elizabeth comments to Miranda that Leanne couldn’t see the similarities between her husband and their abusive father, either. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different. No sarcasm. Cursing, he pulled out another can and started spraying. He needed a worker bee, not a girlfriend. Second, not setting one of the stories in the present time was fabulous. He might have taken her up on her offer if he hadn’t had enough experience with women like her. New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece. Connell is popular in school, good at soccer, and nice; Marianne is strange and friendless. There was more to the job than making coffee, a lot more. “What’re you waiting for? The beam of light rose and moved closer. He removed the cap, drank from the bottle, and lowered it. Bianchi called for the check. Masterpiece is a 2008 novel written by Elise Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy, and published by Christy Ottaviano Books. Originally published in 1982, The Masterpiece of Nature examines sex as representative of the most important challenge to the modern theory of evolution. Fiona Davis brings to life the story of Grand Central Terminal and the fight to preserve its Landmark status in this historical fiction tale! A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Talia Reisner had planted the idea of hiring someone to take care of what she called “the mundane minutiae of life” so he could concentrate on his art. It took him an hour to make his way back to his BMW. She began her career in New York City as an actress, working on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater. She looked over at the one-touch automatic coffee-and-espresso machine that could grind beans, heat milk, and make a latte in less than sixty seconds with the press of a pinkie. Staggering, he went down on one knee. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Refresh and try again. “I don’t.” He lifted the mug and realized he’d already downed the coffee. She was frank and honest. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. “You’ll want some kind of easily maintained system, I would imagine.”, “If there is such a thing. “You might last longer than all the rest.” He gave her what he hoped was an encouraging smile and headed down the hall. “I’m sorry. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . Pulling on a black T-shirt, he looked for shoes. “Just hold on.” He followed her to the office, where she picked up her purse and looped the strap over her shoulder. Sunlight streamed through the windows, reminding him most people were serving time on their nine-to-fives by now. The cover of the book features the beautiful marble concourse with a turquoise vaulted ceiling painted to show the constellations in the sky. We survive as best we can. ... MASTERPIECE … He slowed and turned onto the gravel drive down to his house. “No solicitors!”. “Ms. Opening the stainless steel refrigerator, Roman grabbed a bottle of orange juice. It flashed right over him as he started moving across the roof. He couldn’t remember having met a girl who blushed at all, let alone three times in a few hours. Roman moved fast for a few blocks and then slowed to a normal gait to catch his breath. I loved the setting of the Grand Central Terminal and the art aspect to this novel was quite intriguing. He hit hard, rolled to his feet, and kept going. He hoped she’d be more amenable to a variety of duties than the others Mrs. Sandoval had sent. He’d been taught to play the role when necessary. She had the right look for the job—cool, calm, collected. .” He muttered a foul word under his breath. It's clearly well researched regarding what was happening at the train station in the late 1920s and early 1970s, on the verge of the Great Depression, and later, at risk of being demolished. We won’t be around each other that much.”, “A personal assistant has to work in close contact with her boss. “I’ll send you one more, Mr. Velasco, and if she doesn’t work out, I’ll give you the name of my competitor.”. [Levon comes to the diner where Clara works and says that he has lead poisoning. The cluttered living room could be Roman’s undoing. After Roman and Grace visit Aunt Elizabeth, Grace shares her experience about an angel visiting her as a child, which opened her heart to the Lord. “Get lost!” He stepped back and slammed the door. Would she take offense at his first request? “Find the computer and figure it out.” He needed another cup of coffee before he did anything else. Every day that passed increased her desire to be independent again. He found the elevator, his heart pounding faster as it took its sweet time rising. The Masterpiece A Novel (Book) : Davis, Fiona : " For the nearly nine million people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. Moore it is.” He could be respectful . Two characters in The Masterpiece are inspired by artists who were on the faculty of the Grand Central School of Art. “I’ve sent this man four highly qualified people, and he rejected every one. Maybe it was her complete lack of interest in him. For a split second, Roman debated inventing a quick story for why he’d be heading out for a walk at three thirty in the morning, but somehow he knew no story was going to keep him out of cuffs. Selah and Ruben were in no hurry for her to leave. Roman crept forward. The girl was still standing outside. Why do you think the author chose to include it? Gripping a ledge, Roman pulled himself up and went in through the open apartment window. A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. He’d have to work fast. Aristotle's Masterpiece, also known as The Works of Aristotle, the Famous Philosopher, is a sex manual and a midwifery book that was popular in England from the early modern period through to the nineteenth century. “Two weeks.” She made it sound like a lifetime, but she let the purse strap slip off her shoulder. How did Roman’s response make you feel? He hadn’t been an hour old before she knew she couldn’t give him up for adoption, no matter how much better his life might be with the Garcias. The Masterpiece A Novel (Book) : Davis, Fiona : "For the nearly nine million people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. Cursing, Roman pulled a pillow over his head, hoping to muffle the song that could be heard from one end of the five-thousand-square-foot house to the other. Her eyes flickered, and her cheeks filled with color. I can’t work for you.” She sounded apologetic, but uncompromising. “Come on in.”, He’d gone through four temps in the last month. “You’re a far cry from my last boss.”. “You’re catching me on a bad day.”. ” — Bookreporter.com “Good morning, little man.” Grace breathed in his baby scent and sat on the edge of the twin bed she’d just made. The startled officer drew his gun and pointed it at Roman as he climbed. We die. From the temp agency.”, He spit a four-letter word. What are some ways you’ve found to begin to tear them down, either in your own life or the life of someone close to you. “It’s your financial information.”, “Which you’re going to know if you do your job.” He took the laptop from her. One officer had returned to the squad car. Feeling his perusal, she looked at him. We’d love your help. She headed for the door. You might think that perhaps this choice of set-up in historical fiction would eventually feel overused or loose it's magic as it's been used to death; but for me it's the perfect way to relate a story. Roman made two more sweeps and started the careful removal of the stencil. A car door slammed. Yanking the door open again, he glared at her. The Masterpiece (Book) : Rivers, Francine : "A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want--money, women, fame. This one is progressing too slowly, I can not stay interested. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. A class act. Grand Central Terminal in New York City was a masterpiece when it was built. Did he have the right to expect one? She’d passed the first test. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking view. It’s the nature of the job.”, “Personal is a loaded word.” He let his smile turn rogue. In 1928 Clare Darden was teaching at the Grand Central School of Art. Inquiries would slow down the cops, and they’d be less likely to go over fences and trespass. Velasco, we need to talk about a few essentials.”, He stopped, hoping nothing was about to spoil his sense of relief. Swearing under his breath, Roman worked quickly to tape it. Mrs. Sandoval was losing patience faster than he was. He needed sleep. Can you look back on your own life and see ways that God was guiding or protecting you, even without supernatural intervention? Book Review - The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis Join us on August 29 at 7pm Central to discuss The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis with a special appearance by the author. Understandable, considering his less-than-friendly greeting. Enjoyable and entertaining read! Grace would have agreed to work for the devil himself if it meant a regular paycheck. He hadn’t gotten far when she knocked lightly. She clearly regretted speaking so quickly, but he couldn’t argue. It hit him again when he headed for the back door. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and she’s based in New York City. Whoever stood on the other side of his front door was going to wish they’d never set foot on his property. One full night would fix him up. “I’m here on your orders, Mr. Velasco.”, His orders? Welcome back. Are there things in your past that you need to let go of? The basement parking lot was well lit. The dogs had stopped barking. “I’ll leave you to it, then.” He finished his coffee. Fiona Davis’ signature blend of past and present, history and architecture, secrets and discovery make every novel a must-read. She was rearranging everything in the dishwasher. She was pale, her eyes dark when she faced him. Three times in less than twenty-four hours. He anchored his fist on the concrete and kept his head down. She frowned, studying him like a bug under glass. Graffiti earned street cred, but didn’t help in a gallery. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. The sooner, the better. A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller! “[An] emotionally uninhibited tale of childhood trauma and its affects in adulthood… Readers will marvel at Rivers’ storytelling arc encompassing the reconciliation of gritty past misdeeds with the work in progress of a life of forgiveness.” —Booklist, “Rivers deftly threads Roman’s and Grace’s lives together as they tiptoe around their emotional scars, eventually shifting into a dance of tentative steps toward a love neither can resist. Are there any stark differences and/or similarities between the present and the past? Stripping off his clothes, he sprawled across the unmade bed. The car had slowed, checking him out, and then moved on. It is a story of love, betrayal, ambition, mystery, and jealousy. THE MASTERPIECE explores the many facets of the art world in the 1920s, including Clara’s place in it as a woman who understands the value of pragmatism and determination. He smiled slightly. “I don’t model.”, “Not a problem.” Roman gave her a swift once-over and leaned against the doorjamb. “There are contracts, sample sketches, letters of inquiry, the stuff of my business.” If Roman didn’t know the staffing manager would hang up on him, he’d tell Grace Moore where she could shove her list of essentials. He’d walked with purpose, hoping they’d think he was just some guy heading home from a night shift. I’ll give you my best while I’m here.” She gave a slight shrug, as if not holding much hope that her best would be good enough. “Let’s get it done.” Tossing his pencil down, he dug in his back pocket and found it empty. Every promise Patrick had made, he’d broken. After Roman’s near-death experience, he is left with a chronic leg injury that the doctors can’t explain. A young woman glanced up in surprise and then backed away when he stepped over the threshold. None had produced a job. He offered an apologetic smile. “With The Masterpiece, Fiona Davis returns with another page-turning tale of that will transport readers, this time centered around New York City’s magnificent and storied Grand Central Terminal. The bank would have its front door cleaned by noon, but the high piece on the wall across the street would last longer. For Clara Darden, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future. It’s either let you go or fire him, and I can’t do that to a man with responsibilities.” He put a meaty hand over hers. Brake lights glowed hot red on the street. She stepped forward, her hand clenched around the leather strap. Must be a slow night if these two cops wanted to spend this much time hunting a graffiti artist. After getting a master's degree at Columbia Journalism School, she fell in love with writing, leapfrogging from editor to freelance journalist before finally settling down to write fiction. Her writing, characters and choice of historical settings are always superb. Looking at the order total, he swore again. Right across the street was a bank building, and he’d already left a piece on the front door. Although Zola’s characters in The Masterpiece meet with varying levels of tragedy and compromise, their real-life counterparts fared significantly better. She had only Aunt Elizabeth. Might be nice to have someone who did the work and didn’t ask too many questions. He wasn’t a teenager anymore, facing community service for doing gang tagging on a wall. Roman crouched low, rolled the stencil, and stuffed it into his backpack with the spray cans. He hadn’t said anything worse than what she’d hear in a mall, but clearly, she found him offensive. If he hadn’t made such a bad first impression on Grace Moore, he’d let her wait while he had a twenty-minute, full-body water massage. He didn’t know why. He rolled over. It is a case of it is me, not you. Unfortunately, he knew what Mrs. Sandoval would do. One told him he could make his own coffee. I’ll have a better idea of what you need after I go through all this.”. I found The Masterpiece to be an engaging story. He held his breath. Mrs. Sandoval had a job opening. Another building abutted the five-story apartment house, the perfect location for graffiti. I thought the lead poisoning was in reference to the paint that he wasn't hasty to wash off. Book Summary In the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them. If you were Grace, would you have taken that as a clear answer from God? “We’ll talk more after I get cleaned up.”. He found himself curious. She’d have time to nurse him and change his diaper before handing him over to Selah. “I have a letter of recommendation, if you’d like to see it.”, She took a deep breath. The police car sat at the curb. I’ll be right back.” His wallet wasn’t in or on the armoire or his bedside table. To create our list,... To see what your friends thought of this book. Roman did not have a supernatural experience as a child, or anything that specifically pointed him to Christ. The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. Help me, Lord. He had the feeling this girl would know exactly what to do and how to get it done quickly. White Boy never stayed buried for long. He glanced down and froze when he spotted a police car decelerating. He’d be at risk until he finished, but dressed in black pants and a hooded sweatshirt, he’d be hard to spot, unless someone were looking for him. He muttered a four-letter word. “I’m an artist, in case you weren’t told. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different. Nor did he need a curvy blonde in a low-cut blouse who pushed papers around, but didn’t have a clue where to file them. Roman looked her over again. Buy this book. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. Grabbing the thermal pot from the coffeemaker, he headed for his studio. Someone had pushed the doorbell. Aunt Elizabeth tells Grace, “I’m an architect when it comes to building walls.” The same could be said of both Grace and Roman, as well as many people in real life. I jumped on the chance to read this because I really liked Fiona Davis's last book. “Is there a phone in there somewhere?”, “Yes. The last section of paper peeled away, and he added three small black interlocking letters that looked like a bird in flight. Roman tried to go back to sleep. He found the sneakers he’d worn the night before. Roman swung over the edge of another roof. He went into the kitchen adjoining the living room. until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship―and both their lives―forever. He gave a soft laugh. “That’s the longest you’ve kept a personal assistant, isn’t it?”, The staffing manager must have warned her. “Where do you keep your dishwashing soap?”, “You’re the personal assistant. One woman who struggled to find her place in the art world when the prevailing belief was "only men can be artists ". Relieved, he headed for the ramp leading up to the side street. Maybe he’d get lucky tonight and sleep without dreaming. Wonderful reading. Where real people, events, establishments, organizations, or locales appear, they are used fictitiously. Grace Moore got up early, knowing she would need plenty of time to cross the valley and arrive on time for her first day as a temp worker. He took a deep breath and let it out slowly. He opened the back door to dead silence. Unzipping and removing the black hoodie, he headed down the hallway to his bedroom. Rather than push his luck any further, Roman waited another few minutes before venturing out to the sidewalk. He might as well stay up. For the people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. Los Angeles never slept. Have you ever been in a similar situation? She is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art, and dreams of creating cover art for Vogue. She’d told Selah and Ruben as much, but every day brought its own anguish as Selah took over his care while Grace went out looking for a way to support herself and her son. The Masterpiece Francine Rivers. She was a fool. Think you can do it?”, “I don’t know, but I’d like to try. He felt on firmer ground. Roman closed his eyes, craving darkness. Visit her at, “Mr. The push of a button opened the garage door. As soon as it disappeared down the street, he’d done the work on the glass door of the bank building. He’d like to get his hands on the owner who installed the blasted system. “What is wrong with you?”, She looked scared enough to run, but stood her ground. In what ways have you seen the truth of this in your own faith journey? Virginia Clay is a newly divorced woman in 1974 trying to make a new life with her young adult daughter, Ruby. She is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art, and dreams of creating cover art for Vogue. Not that I picked up on. He hoped that would be the case with this one. The New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece. In fact, they spend a lot of time denying and fighting that attraction. Grace didn’t want to give Selah false hope, but she had nowhere else to go. The Masterpiece (Paperback) The New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece. “You don’t want me to put a man out of work, now, do you?”, See all 8 questions about The Masterpiece…, Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*. The Masterpiece does a great job developing the friendship turned romance between Roman and Grace. This piece would be seen by anyone driving east. I’m Grace Moore. But right now, all he wanted to do was unleash his temper on the intruder who was ringing his bell. Shrugging off his backpack, he pulled out his supplies. I don’t think he knows what he needs. The Masterpiece Questions and Answers. “Mr. As with most of Davis' historical fiction there are two women in two separate timelines that eventually come together. Knocking over a half-empty bottle of water and the alarm clock, he caught himself before he pitched face-first onto the floor. This is a book about the near impossibility of making a lasting work of art, which is in itself a lasting work of art. Publishes August 7, 2018. Looking back, she wondered if Patrick had ever loved her. What were your initial impressions of Roman? Why? She held out the laptop rather than taking the credit card he offered. She murmured something he didn’t catch, and he decided not to ask her to repeat it. It won a 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year in Children’s Fiction, the 2009 E.B. Explore James Herriot's books in order, intriguing facts about the author and comments from lead TV writer of 2021's All Creatures Great and Small. The dog hit the fence and clawed at it, barking fiercely. His anger dissolved like salt in water. He might have to resort to prescription drugs to get the rest he needed. Start by marking “The Masterpiece” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. For the people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. And a computer, unless the last temp girl walked off with it.”, “Yes, if you want your stuff filed properly, not jammed helter-skelter into cardboard boxes or piled up like a beaver dam.”. Would this girl be up to the task? “Okay. The spell passed, and Roman stood slowly. The man in the bedroom snorted and stirred. A wind came up, pulling a portion away. The police car had stopped in front of the bank. Father, please let this job work out. The police car crossed the next street, not slowing as it headed back toward Santa Monica Boulevard. One officer was out of the car, flashlight in hand. Of Grace? He shut off the engine and sat for a few seconds as the door whirred closed behind him. 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