Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Beginning: Portrait of a Woman in White by Susan Winkler


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Tomorrow was to have been her wedding day.
They allowed themselves just a few hours before nightfall to pack – a single suitcase for each of them, and only what they could easily carry.

-- Portrait of a Woman in White by Susan Winkler, published by She Writes Press.

When Nazis invade Paris in 1940, lovers are torn apart and a Matisse portrait goes missing. This enthralling story of love, war, and art should be at the top of your Must Read list!

PORTLAND BOOK EVENT:  Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Powell's City of Books on Burnside

This is the official book launch and author reading for Portrait of a Woman in White. You can pre-order a signed edition on the Powell's website. The event is sponsored by Alliance Française de Portland.


  1. Interesting period in history. I can see how a story set there would be thrilling.

  2. Sounds like a fascinating story. I'll read it for sure.

  3. I like the sound of this! I'd pick it up based on Matisse alone.

  4. I've been reading a bit of nonfiction books about WWII lately. Is this one nonfiction or fiction? SOunds good.

  5. Hi Gilion,

    I would probably have picked this one up based on those forst lines alone, as I would have been too nosey about deciding what had forced this couple to flee just before their wedding.

    The synopsis gave all that away, but includes so much great material that I can't help but be intrigued.

    I have read a couple of WWI books lately, so perhaps an update in time to a WWII setting, would be an interesting comparison.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope that you enjoy the book.

    Thanks for hosting BB and enjoy your weekend,


  6. This sounds like a really interesting book and the beginning is so tragic! I love the cover as well, it's very classic. I hope you enjoy this one and thanks for hosting :) Have a good weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  7. That sounds like a page turning read! I definitely want to know more. THanks for sharing!

  8. I love when Art is involved in a novel.

  9. This book sounds terrific.

    I do enjoy WWII books.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  10. Dramatic beginning, sounds very good!

  11. Not sure that this one is for me, but it is an intriguing beginning. Hope you enjoy it.


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