It’s 1910 and Anna Lewis wants to become a premier watercolor artist of the lush beaches of
When a man strides down the beach and stops to face the ocean, Anna sketches
him into her painting. Was it a mistake? Anna thinks so when he approaches and
tells her he doesn’t have spare change for her work. Spare change indeed! She’d
better keep her day job as nursemaid to two rambunctious boys. But what about
her watercolor dreams? Carmel, California
The minute Charles Jordan walks away, he regrets criticizing the woman’s painting but like he told the artist, he’s just been jilted at the altar. His former bride-to-be is in love with his cousin. Will a secret from his past prevent Charles from ever loving again?
And will Anna have the hope she needs when tragedy strikes and she must rely on the one man who crushed her spirit.
Watercolor Dreams by Sherry Kyle
, 1910 California
With each stroke of her paintbrush, Anna Lewis’s heart soared. The watercolor painting of
white sandy beach and gently rolling Pacific Ocean
would surely give her recognition. The wind blew a lock of hair across her face
as she sat on the wood bench next to a cypress tree, her easel before her. She
tucked the wispy strand behind her ear, pushed up her leg-o’-mutton sleeves,
and dipped her brush into the cerulean blue, adding a few touches to the paper.
Horse’s hooves clip-clopped behind her. She glanced over her shoulder. A buggy
passed on the narrow street, driving by the quaint bungalows bordering the
A man strode up the beach, his hands deep in his trouser pockets and his hat pushed low on his forehead. Anna brought the pointed end of the brush to her mouth and watched him tread near the water’s edge with long, determined steps. She adjusted her wide-brimmed hat and squinted for a better look. From the way the man walked, he must be mulling over something important. He stopped and faced the ocean. The waves crashed against the shore, the water rushing close to his feet. His lone figure added a touch of poignancy to the landscape and beckoned to be part of her painting.
But before she had a chance to paint his form, he turned and walked up the beach toward her. His brows were furrowed and his lips pressed together in a firm line. And yet even with this worried expression, he was a most handsome man.
To connect with Sherry:
Sherry Kyle is an award-winning author, and writes books for tween girls as well as novels for women, including The Heart Stone (Abingdon Press 2013), and her newest title Watercolor Dreams (HopeSprings Books, October 2014), a historical romance set along the lush beaches of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Sherry lives in
husband and four children, loves to decorate her beach house, and enjoys taking
walks by the ocean. www.sherrykyle.com California
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