About Painting Juliana• Hardcover: 362 pages
• Publisher: Goldminds Publishing, LLC (May 20, 2014)
A young girl’s terrifying nightmare, five mysterious oil paintings and a red, flaming firebird all carry the same message:
Stand still, look up and let the funnel cloud suck you up inside.
It’s the last thing Juliana Birdsong wants to hear. Now a woman who’s losing everything, she’s still running from the dream, and it’s catching up fast. When her Alzheimer’s-stricken father’s canvases come to life exposing secrets, heartbreak and yearnings that mirror her own, Juliana discovers that some memories can be a blessing to forget.
Hit with devastating loss and betrayals, her old life stripped away, Juliana has no choice but to call on the person who’s never helped her before. Steering the chrome handlebars of a vintage motorcycle down a long, tapering highway, she must face her defining moment. It’s the only way she’ll gain the strength and courage to begin painting Juliana.
Engaging and funny, heart-rending and profound. Painting Juliana is superb. -Joe Holley, Columnist, Houston Chronicle
Hunter is a first-rate writer with a lot to say in a voice that is new, vivid and exceptional. -Cindy Bonner – Author of Lily and Right from Wrong
About Martha Louise HunterMartha Louise Hunter has an English degree from the University of Texas. After writing magazine features, working in politics and owning home building and interior design companies, she now has an estate jewelry collection, www.marthasjewelrycase.com. With four children between them, she and her husband, David live in Austin, Texas. This is her first novel.
Painting Juliana was awarded finalist in the Writers League of Texas Mainstream Fiction Contest.
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As a child Juliana Birdsong grew up with an agoraphobic mother who would not leave the house. But that was the least of Juliana's problems. There were the reoccurring dreams of being chased down a long highway on the back of her father's motorcycle heading straight towards a dark funnel cloud. Scary stuff for an eight year old.
Years later the naive Juliana meets and falls in love with Oliver Morrissey, a brilliant. charismatic attorney. They have twins and she is leading the life of a socialite in Texas. There is lots of drama in their family life until one day during couples therapy her husband makes a statement that sends her life into turmoil. Juliana returns to her childhood home to seek her father's help but finds him in the early stages of Alzheimer's. She moves into the house to take care of her father and discovers some old paintings. The discovery might just answer her questions and the truth behind her childhood dreams.
Martha Louise Hunter has created a fascinating story with well defined characters. She delves into family relationships, divorce, paranoia and Alzheimer's. What I find rather amazing is this is Hunter's first novel.
Once I started reading Painting Juliana I couldn't put it down. In fact I almost ran late for an appointment one day because I got so caught up in the story. I recommend this book to all my readers.
Martha Louise, I can't wait for your next book.
I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes. I have not been financially compensated for my review, all opinions are my own.