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Painted Dresses

by Patricia Hickman

      Painted Dresses is the story of re-evaluating one's past for answers to cloudy memories and coming to terms with past traumas. It is well-written and has a powerful, meaningful message. It's a fast-paced book; I enjoyed traveling around with Gaylen and Delia and watching their relationship heal.

Gaylen is called back to Boiling Waters, North Carolina by her sister, Delia, when their father's declining health takes a turn for the worse. It is through their father's last days and death that these two estranged sisters begin to heal their broken relationship.

They begin traveling around together to deliver the "painted dresses" art work that their aunt had left behind. Delia has a tendency to elevate the smallest troubles into tragedy and her problems are too much for any one person to bear.

Gaylen is searching for answers. She has endured nightmares since childhood and seeks answers to her cloudy childhood memories. Gaylen sets out to change Delia but instead she's the one who changes.

The Book

WaterBrook Press
July 15, 2008
Trade Paperback
1-4000-7199-9 / 978-1-4000-7199-9
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The Reviewer

Connie Harris
Reviewed 2008
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