Author: Stephanie Taylor
Title: The Picture
Release date: 23rd of May 2011
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Romance
Source: Won from Kay Springsteen’s blog
Summary from Goodreads:
Nicholas is suddenly looking for more meaning in his life than money, fast women and flashing lights. Life as a rocker has left him empty. Only Emily filled the gaping hole in his heart and with her death, his soul is broken into pieces.
When two lives collide, Sophie and Nicholas know they'll never be the same. Together, they try to figure out a message Emily has left behind. Can they succeed before the realities of life tear them apart?
I adored this book! It was such a sweet romance, that I would say that it should be a must read for romance lovers. I laughed, I cried, I ached while reading The Picture! It’s a sad and sweet book.
Regarding the plot:
I was hooked from the very first page of The Picture.
The story starts with a rock concert where the main female character Sophie is listening to song that means a lot to her and to the singer, Nicholas. Sophie has a purpose to meet Nicholas during the after party of the concert. She needs to deliver a picture from Emily to Nicholas. Sophie and Nicholas meet, but the circumstances change quickly because Sophie feels attracted to Nicholas and does not find a chance to do what she was asked until it’s too late. Nicholas finds a picture of Emily and Sophie decides to leave Nicholas behind without explanations.
Nicholas and Sophie meet again and due to the snowstorm, Nicholas cannot travel back and stays with Sophie. The snowstorm forces both Sophie and Nicholas to open up their hearts and they learn a lot about each other and about their pasts. Step by step they grow closer to each other.
Emily is the person that binds Nicolas and Sophie together and the story is partially told through the flashbacks about Emily’s role in Sophie’s life. And I loved the way the story was told. The scenes shared between Emily and Sophie were heartbreaking and sweet.
Regarding the characters:
My favorite character was Emily! She was so sweet, so strong, so leveled. It was amazing how she could handle her sickness and how brave she was about dying. The relationship between Emily and Sophie was well-written and vital to the story. Stephanie Taylor did amazing work with Emily and her relationship to Sophie.
Sophie was reliable, believable and interesting character. Her loss in her past made her strong and also vulnerable. I also felt sorry for her to trying to compensate what she lost through Emily and hiding away from her life. I was happy to see how she grew as a character through the story, how she finally opened her eyes and realized that it’s time to let go and start living her own life.
Nicholas was adorable! He was hot, persistent and sweet.
Stephanie Taylor managed to create very interesting characters who were lovable and whose motives were understandable. I felt sympathy for them and cheered for them.
The Picture is a touching story about surviving the loss, about mourning, about love, about challenges of growing and letting go of the past. It’s mixed together beautifully! It’s a wonderful book!