[REVIEW] Alice's Portrait

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Series: the Lockwood Legacy #3
Juliette Harper
 adult, romance, contemporary, realistic fiction, mystery
 April 9, 2015
 Skye House Publishing
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A year after Kate, Jenny, and Mandy Lockwood inherit The Rocking L, the sisters try to concentrate on their collective and individual futures. In the previous book in The Lockwood Legacy series, Baxter’s Draw, the women made startling discoveries about their father’s secrets, but are mistaken in their belief that everything has now come to light. In Alice’s Portrait, the ghosts of Langston Lockwood’s past once again confront his daughters, forcing them to re-evaluate their understanding of their father and of what it means to be a Lockwood.

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Langston's Daughters intrigued me. Baxter's Draw made me love the women of the Rocking L. Alice's Portrait simply blew my mind away with all its revelations.

Alice's Portrait picked up from where Baxter's Draw left off. Langston's death was solved but not the story behind it. This final book explored that side of the story and it really made me understand the series title - the Lockwood Legacy. It completely made sense.

The women of the Rocking L fought their demons in this final book. They tried to get to know the Lockwood in them. As they further look through the death of Langston, they also get to be one step close to really getting to know themselves more. Kate's adjustment to her handicap really showed her strength as a Lockwood daughter. Jenny, on the other hand, tried to be understand her father and the inner Lockwood in her by going through Langston's artworks. And Mandy... well Mandy just became Mandy and went on with her life. But turns out she holds great things in herself.

The mystery was very intriguing. Langston's Daughters simply made me think of Langton's past, what made him a madman. Baxter's Draw what really made me interested in more things in the story. It made me realize that there's more to the story than just Langston's death. Alice's Portrait really just brought out A LOT of big revelations. Throughout reading it, I was really eager to know what's what. I had my idea and I know that things were coming but I was still completely absorbed when everything was finally revealed.

The flashbacks was a really nice touch in the story. I don't really remember them in the previous books (if they had any, they were,perhaps, not that many). The flashbacks was a really nice way of telling the story - it made me feel more involved in everything that's going on. It added a cinematic feel to the story.

OVERALL, Alice's Portrait nicely wrapped up the book. It tied up loose ends. It allowed me to get absorbed in its mystery. It made me love its characters even more. The writing isn't my favorite but how things were just nicely tied in really worked for me. It's a great book about the meaning of family, being together, and fighting your own demons. It's a really GREAT READ! :)

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What I Like: (1) how it started off with the summary of everything, (2) how the women of Rocking L faced everything, (3) how everything was slowly but surely revealed, (4) how interesting the whole idea actually is - how things were wrapped up in the end, (5) the really sweet and unforgettable men in the series - Josh is definitely the most unforgettable one

What I Didn’t Like: (1) nothing in particular, really... there were just moments when I'd like to put the book down for awhile because I get a bit bored..

~this book was provided in exchange for an honest review~

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Kate, Jenny, and Mandy. Langston Lockwood’s daughters. His tyranny drove them away. His suicide draws them home. They inherit his land, his millions, and his mysteries. Meet the women of the Rocking L and the men who come into their lives. Together, they begin the journey to discover the truth about The Lockwood Legacy. From the pain of the past they find the strength to build a dynasty.

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Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. Like the characters of their debut series, The Lockwood Legacy, Juliette is a merging of their creative energies. 
Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan from a long line of hardheaded Scots, knows the world of the Lockwoods like the back of her hand. 
“We decided to write under a pen name because neither one of us by ourselves could have created Kate, Jenny, Mandy, and their world,” says Pauletti. “Juliette is a little bit of us both. We want to be her when we grow up.” 
“Patti teases me that I just don’t want to own up to writing a book with romance in it,” Williamson adds, “but that’s not true. I like the Lockwood women and the way they tackle everything life throws at them. And before we’re done, they’ll be ducking a lot. I imagine coming into the office every day and saying, ‘Okay Juliette, what’s going to happen now?’ She tells us, and we get it down on paper.”

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