Painted Dresses: A Novel

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Waterbrook Press, 2008 - Fiction - 346 pages
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In this story of sisterhood and unexpected paths, 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

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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 (2008)

Patricia Hickman is the award-winning author of more than fifteen books, including Katrina’s Wings and the best-selling Millwood Hollow series. Her writing has been acclaimed Publishers Weekly, Romantic Times,and Library Journal. A popular speaker on issues of grief, loss, and triumph through life’s struggles, Hickman frequently has appeared on national radio programs. She and her husband live in North Carolina.

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