Paint and Nectar

series: Heirloom Secrets

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In 1929, a spark forms between Eliza, a talented watercolorist, and William, a charming young man with a secret that could ruin her career. Their families forbid their romance because of a long-standing feud over missing heirloom silver. Still, Eliza and William's passion grows despite the barriers, causing William to deeply regret the secret he's keeping . . . but setting things right will come at a cost.

In present-day Charleston, a mysterious benefactor gifts Lucy Legare an old house, along with all the secrets it holds--including enigmatic letters about an antique silver heirloom. Declan Pinckney, whom Lucy's been avoiding since their disastrous first date, is set on buying her house for his family's development company. As Lucy uncovers secrets about the house, its garden, and the silver, she becomes more determined than ever to preserve the historic Charleston property, not only for history's sake but also for her own.

"Clark makes a moving debut . . . . Those who enjoy inspirational time-slip stories will want to check this out."--Publishers Weekly on The Dress Shop on King Street

"Clark continues to pen a love letter to Charleston, South Carolina, this time using art and gardening as modes of celebrating preservation and remembrance. Clark brings both literal and metaphorical meaning to her thematic explorations of the changing seasons and the presence of the past, of imitations and originals."--Booklist

"I enjoyed this not just because the story itself is so very well constructed, but because there are flashes of absolute joy in the phrasing of Ashley Clark's writing. . . .The elements of retaining history, and yet aligning it with progress, are well laid out, and I loved the themes of inheritance, hope and beauty." --Together Magazine


Endorsements

"With textured and captivating characterization, Ashley Clark sweeps us into an intriguing tale sure to entrance! Readers will be enchanted by Ashley's authentic portrayal of Charleston and its rich history and beautiful charm. A Southern fiction gem!"

Amanda Dykes, author of Yours Is the Night and the 2020 Christy Book of the Year

"Ashley Clark solidifies herself as a compelling voice in Southern fiction, with a promise to find stories between every brick and blossom. Paint and Nectar is infused with the history and romance of feuding families, seamlessly spanning generations through a love of art, architecture, and the city of Charleston, which beats as the heart between them."

Allison Pittman, The Lady in Residence

"Ashley Clark has painted a story more vivid than any watercolor. Her characters are like sweet friends, real and imperfect and dearly loved. Paint and Nectar is as enchanting and charming as Charleston itself. What a delightful read--not to be missed!"

Liz Johnson, bestselling author of The Red Door Inn


The Author

  1. Ashley Clark

    Ashley Clark

    Ashley Clark (www.ashleyclarkbooks.com) writes romantic women's fiction set in the South. With a master's degree in creative writing, Ashley teaches literature and writing courses at the University of West Florida. Ashley has been an active member of American...

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Reviews

"Clark continues to pen a love letter to Charleston, South Carolina, this time using art and gardening as modes of celebrating preservation and remembrance. Clark brings both literal and metaphorical meaning to her thematic explorations of the changing seasons and the presence of the past, of imitations and originals."

Booklist

"I enjoyed this not just because the story itself is so very well constructed, but because there are flashes of absolute joy in the phrasing of Ashley Clark's writing. . . .The elements of retaining history, and yet aligning it with progress, are well laid out, and I loved the themes of inheritance, hope and beauty."

Together Magazine


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