This is another first romance novel question. I lost it in a romance novel
pact to a high school friend who just didn’t appreciate it as much as I
did. I read it in high school so I know it was published before 1996, but I
don’t remember the cover or have a clue about the author.
It was a historical, but I can’t remember what period. All the travel
involved horses and ships, and there seemed to be a lot of travel. The
heroine was the daughter of a master painter who moves from Italy to a
patron’s estate. The “hero” was the patron. Secretly, she is a master
painter as well, and she has been producing the art as her father is aging
and not capable of doing it anymore. The patron sees her work, but refuses
to believe that a woman can create great art. After the death of her father,
she gets sent away and supports herself by painting while living on an
island. The “hero” finds her because he recognizes the style, but assumes
it is done by the husband she creates in order to sell her work. After he
discovers there is no husband, they live happily ever after.
Truthfully, I can’t remember much about the hero except that he was a
jerk. He seduces her, kicks her out when her father dies, and doesn’t
believe she is an artist when she tells him her deep dark secret. She on the
other hand is pretty awesome, despite loving him. I would love to read this
First question: why is it women artists keep their light under six blankets, a cast iron pot, and a basket, but then reveal themselves at the end and it’s usually ok? Second, what’s a romance novel pact? And third: do you remember this book?