This blog is a celebration of novel, novel characters!

I love reading novels, and as an artist I know a great exercise to stretch one's illustration skills is to portray characters from a description in a book. This blog is a challenge to myself to do just that so I'll be posting illustrations from whatever book I'm currently reading. Feel free to add comments and send me your fan art for these great titles too!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rachel & Josh from “Unforgettable” by Trish Perry

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it was time for a little romance!  “Unforgettable” is the first historical fiction book I’ve read that takes place in the 1950’s.  I love the time period, and the theme of dancing fits so well with my impression of it.  This story will whisk you back in time into the world of dance for a delightful and unforgettable read!
I was immediately drawn into the story as I followed along with the main character, 32 year old Racheal Stanhope owner of a successful new dance studio.  In the opening scene she’s waiting for her assistant to arrive & open up after having been lent the keys to lock up the night before.  While she waits she has an unfortunate conversion with Josh who has brought his niece & nephew to their lesson.  Assuming Rachel to be another parent, he vents his frustrations and skepticism for the arts, tardiness being typical for those ‘dance types’!  This delightful exchange set the tone for the rest of the book which was filled with classic His & Her banter and an inevitable romance.

This image was inspired by the last scene when the characters are dancing the Foxtrot.  I used this website: http://www.ballroomdancers.com for reference.  The part shown is the "promenade."
Every time I think about this book it makes me want to take dance lessons.  I enjoyed that while the formula for romance was familiar the way the ending played out was a surprise to me.  This happy, feel-good story is one that I’ll definitely want to revisit.  It’s a perfect pick for a relaxing evening at home with a good book! 
Another fun fact, the dress I drew was inspired by one that used to belong to my Oma (German Grandma).  I'm not sure if it's from the 1940's or 50's but when Trish described Rachel wearing a pink dress, this is the one I thought of.  This photo  is from when I was a girl playing dress-up with my cousin.  I still have this dress and a few others that Oma used to go dancing in!
Thanks for sending me a copy to feature the book, Trish!

Speaking of Trish… here’s her website:  http://trishperry.blogspot.com/