The cover of this paperback claims it is an age-gap book on friendship, love, and redemption. The first thing I loved about the characters was that they had some maturity. Others may be looking for the same thing because lately, this book has been winning a lot of awards. For example: On July 20, 2022– Speak Up Talk Radio announced the winners of the coveted FIREBIRD BOOK AWARDS contest. Author MORGAN ELLIOT’S book titled “Stroke of the Brush” won first place in the Lesbian Romance Category.
Told in the first person, Riley is a 50-year-old protagonist. A famous eye surgeon. While “Stroke of the Brush” is not a medical story, one of the main characters is an eye doctor who performs an innovative surgery that does not exist today. But Riley starts to think something is missing in her life. Her life is a lonely one with Ana, a 75-year-old, her only close friend is there for humor and she provides it. Riley’s life is changed when she is struck speechless by a painting of a dancer that she finds and buys. She allows it to open her tightly controlled emotions. Soon there are people whirling into and out of her life and they all seem to be leading her somewhere. This sets in motion a journey across three countries in search of what is missing in her life. She looks for the one person who completes her. She ends up with a choice of two loves, each with its problems.
There has been criticism from readers about stilted dialogue. I saw some of it, but it didn’t bother me. It was the ‘complete me’ that I found hard to swallow. I suppose I am a little cynical, but life is a journey in which one learns and learns. The lessons eventually complete you, not a lover—although they can be a pleasant distraction. I will repeat, the age of the characters is a refreshing change. That kept me reading and will probably sell books to a lot of other Baby Boomers.
Stroke of the Brush, by Morgan Elliot. Independently Published by Morgan Elliot (November 22, 2021) 375 pages. Paperback. ISBN : 9798759280316. $19.95.