Book Review - Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner
Back in August of 2018, I emailed Jamie Brenner’s publicist about the possibility of receiving a copy of Drawing Home, due to come out 9 months later. I had seen Jamie’s previous novel, The Forever Summer, circulating around (and mentioned by Lauren Willig in my Q&A with her) so I wanted to make sure I was on the list for her next novel! I can’t believe that was 9 months ago…and here I am writing a review of that book - this post was a long-time in the making!
Drawing Home is about a young, aspiring artist, Penny Mapson, who inherits the home of a famous artist, Henry Wyatt. This home is an architectural masterpiece filled with priceless works of art that had once been promised to Henry’s longtime friend and business parter, Bea Winstead. Bea is NOT happy when she finds out Henry left his home and works of art, which should have been turned into a museum honoring his legacy, to a teenage girl. She is certain Penny and her mom, Emma, manipulated an old man to inherit his fortune.
Elin Hilderbrand wrote of this book, “Welcome to the gold standard of summertime escapism." But I don’t want you to think this is some cheesy beach romance. I thought it was so much more than that, with themes of friendship and family, in all of its many forms. It had lessons about how people can seemingly be on opposite sides of an issue, but if they take the time to get to know one another they’d see that really they want the same thing. Yes, this is an easy read that would be great for a beach vacation. But it is not a guilty pleasure. You can enjoy this book without shame. And I did, enjoy this book, quite a lot.