Life Studies

Author: Nancy Gotter Gates
Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW

Life Studies Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW

This book opens with narrator Liz Raynor opening the door to a strange young woman, who asks for Liz’s recently deceased husband, Peter. Liz is still reeling from his loss, two months earlier. After all, it has only been seven months since they found out he was ill.

After turning her away, Liz realizes that she needs something to do with her life since she now has no husband, no children, and no need of a job. After a bit of thought, she decides to take up painting. It’s something she had enjoyed doing, prior to her marriage.

The next thing we know, she’s found herself a studio in an older Greensboro mansion which has been transformed into a place called the Sternberger Artists Center.

Shortly thereafter, Liz enrolls herself in a life studies class at the Artists Center, and at the first class, is somewhat surprised to find herself attracted to the charismatic teacher, Jay Kadlacek. She also begins making friends with some of the other artists at the Sternberger.

With these new activities to keep her busy, life begins Moving forward again for Liz. Then the strange young woman reappears at a homeless shelter, where Liz is serving meals. Her name is Samantha and when Liz tries to help her find a job, complications arise. Liz finally learns why Samantha was searching for Peter, and before you know it, Samantha is living with Liz.

Meanwhile, Liz and Jay begin a romance, but their future is threatened by a number of challenges.

You’ll enjoy reading this fast-paced story. A lot happens in less than 250 pages and you’ll find the resolution quite satisfying.

Anne Holmes Boomer-in-Chief of NABBW

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