- The Art of Drowning by Gillian St. Kevern
The Art of Drowning by Gillian St. Kevern
Frustrated artist Francis Dawson has come to the remote Scottish fishing village of Armadale to reconnect with his battered muse. But he gets more than he bargained for when he's struck down by a condition fatal to art: love.
Leith’s moods shift with the sea. Silent on his past, his present, in fact, on pretty much every subject, he nonetheless provides the inspiration Francis has been lacking. But even as his art takes flight, Francis finds himself mired in doubt. Are his feelings returned, or do Leith’s actions conceal a deadly secret?
When a fisherman drowns in perfectly fine conditions, Francis is drawn into a conflict knottier than a fishing net. But will solving this tangle free Leith—or end Francis’s painting career?
Francis? Well, Francis was like every other main character in this series. Engaging, charming, utterly wonderful, a little broken and lost. His story took me by surprise. It looked like one thing, at first, but became something so different that I was surprised at first, then relieved. Because, the way it ended was so much better than I'd hoped. Yet, I'm still left hoping for more. As I always am.
I want a book for Leith, and I am super intrigued by Scott. I hope we get to see him become Julian's teacher, which means a double-whammy of getting more of Scott and more of young-Julian. I also feel like this is only the beginning of Francis' story. So, as we get updates about Pip and Cross' life together throughout the series, and Wiremu and Patrick's story is about to continue, I seriously hope that Francis will get another story in the future. Pretty please.
I'm literally counting the days until The Weeping Statue releases. (That's SIX DAYS people. Six Days!)
To put it into chronological order, the series would go thus:
“Francis Dawson imagined love as a summer breeze, pleasant but able to do little more than ruffle one’s sketchbook. This was his first mistake.”
“Julian threw his arms around Cross. “Thank you, other father!”