The deftly-crafted quality of the writing in this first novel hints at an author of greatness: the sense of character conveyed through the description of a handshake; the protagonist's relief in solitude after an obligatory appearance at a party reeking of superficial social posturing; the immediacy of the cold, mechanical horror of an abortion forced upon a young girl raped by her stepfather. The story of expert art restorer Rachel Piers' investigation of a possibly invaluable painting in Rome satisfies, educates and impresses on various levels as a suspense novel, an education in art history, and a narrative of the healing, even recreation, of a soul through opening itself to love.
An Eighth Day View:
When Rachel Piers, a brilliant conservateuse at a Manhattan art gallery, is given the dream assignment of restoring a mysterious medieval painting in a church in Rome, she seizes the opportunity. Not only will she advance her career in one of the most inspiring and romantic cities in the world, but she can finally leave behind a painful divorce and an even more painful childhood incident. But as Rachel meticulously restores the damaged artwork, and slowly discovers the true origins of the painting, she uncovers layers of her soul that continue to haunt. Written in lucid and descriptively sumptuous prose, The Unveiling brings the ancient city of Rome vividly to life and reveals a courageous woman coming to terms with a tragic past.