Review: Johanna Porter Is Not Sorry by Sara Read

☆☆➹⁀☆4.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Twenty years ago, Johanna Porter was a rising star in the art world. Now she’s an unknown soccer mom. When an invitation arrives for an elite gallery opening for her former lover, the great Nestor Pinedo, Johanna wants to throw it in the trash where it belongs. But with some styling help from her daughter, she makes an appearance and comes face-to-face with the woman she was before the powerful and jealous Nestor ruined her.

La Rosa Blanca is a portrait of Johanna herself, young and fierce and fearless—a masterwork with a price tag to match. When she cuts it out of its frame, rolls it up and walks out, Johanna is only taking back what was stolen from her.

Hiding out with La Rosa Blanca in a shack on the Chesapeake Bay, Johanna digs into the raw work of reviving her own skills while battling novice-thief paranoia, impostor syndrome and mom guilt. But Johanna doesn’t just want the painting—she wants to paint again. To harness her powerful talent, she must defy everyone’s expectations—most of all her own—for what a woman like her should be.



My Thoughts:

Johanna Porter IS Not Sorry…she is also not bashful, nor is she mild mannered. Author Sara Read’s noel is a moving story about coming into your own.

Made to feel less than talented by a former lover who was jealous of her talent, Johanna gives up her aspirations and eventually falls into a quiet suburban life where she can be smaller and insignificant. However, that is interrupted with an invitation to that ex-lover’s latest exhibit. The events of that evening are a spring board for wild, careless (or carefree) changes in Johanna’s life.

Through the story, Johanna finds romantic love and loss. She battles the demons from her past and vanquishes them from her heart and mind. Johanna Porter Is Not Sorry is a beautifully written story of a woman becoming who she was meant to be.

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About the Author: Originally from Washington, DC, Sara Read tried the 9-to-5 life for about a nanosecond before moving to rural Virginia to become a flute-maker’s apprentice and traditional fiddle player. Childbirth led her to a career in nursing. A cancer survivor herself, she now has the distinct privilege of caring for cancer patients. She is co-founder of #momswritersclub, a biweekly YouTube and live Twitter chat for writers. Sara lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, two teens, a terrier, and three snarky cats. She loves a long run, a long road trip, and a long talk with a friend.

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