Painted Dresses: A Novel

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Crown Publishing Group, Mar 3, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Two sisters embark on a road trip to seek out far-flung relatives and uncover the truth hidden behind the painted over lives of past family members.

Gaylen Syler-Boatwright flees her unraveling marriage to take refuge in a mountain cottage owned by her deceased aunt. Burdened with looking after her adult sister, Delia, she is shocked to find a trail of family secrets hidden within her aunt’s odd collection of framed, painted dresses. With Delia, who attracts trouble as a daily occupation, Gaylen embarks on a road trip that throws the unlikely pair together on a journey to painful understanding and delightful revelations.

Steeped in Hickman’s trademark humor, her spare writing voice, and the bittersweet pathos of the South, Painted Dresses powerfully captures a woman’s desperate longing to uncover a hidden, broken life and discover the liberty of living authentically, even when the things exposed are shrouded in shame.
 

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I was extremely disappointed with this book. I felt uncomfortable and oppressed while reading it yet kept going in hopes that there would be a turning point... but there wasn't! It just went on and ... Read full review

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I felt this book had too much unfaithfulness and sex for a christian book read. I would have been really disappointed if I had used my church library money for it. The fact that she wanted forgiveness ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
26
Section 4
48
Section 5
62
Section 6
75
Section 7
90
Section 8
98
Section 15
193
Section 16
200
Section 17
217
Section 18
219
Section 19
237
Section 20
255
Section 21
280
Section 22
293

Section 9
111
Section 10
123
Section 11
127
Section 12
146
Section 13
164
Section 14
176
Section 23
305
Section 24
324
Section 25
332
Section 26
343
Section 27
344
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About the author (2010)

PATRICIA HICKMAN is an award-winner, speaker and humorist who has won two Silver Angel Awards for Excellence in Media as well as a Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Gold Award for her novel Katrina’s Wings. Patricia holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Queens University and enjoys biking, hiking, and mapping out the Southern towns where her novels are set.


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