Book Review-The Accidental Art Thief-Joan Schweighardt | Miki's Hope

Book Review-The Accidental Art Thief-Joan Schweighardt

Saturday, May 30, 2015



This book chronicles the life of an unassuming woman who really has very little experience living. After her fiance broke off with her she took a job with an elderly man at his estate where she remained for 25 years until the gentleman died. She was forced to live with her older brother who had his own issues when the elderly man's daughter literally gave her and her 2 dogs 2 weeks to vacate the premises. She ends up taking a painting which the daughter does not know about. Overnight she has to face the world and get on with living. Her chrysalis from a recluse to a full person will sometimes have you crying for her and sometimes laughing. At the very very end you will find yourself smiling as a total twist is revealed!!


About the Book: (from the publisher)

For a quarter of a century forty-five-year-old Zinc has worked as a caretaker for a wealthy old man, living in a small casita on his ranch in New Mexico. She doesn't make much money, but she has the old man, her dogs, and gorgeous views of the mountains. She is basically a very content recluse who doesn't invest much time thinking about what she might do if her circumstances change. So when the old man dies suddenly, and his daughter all but throws her off the property, Zinc is forced to reinvent herself—and quickly.

With a touch of magical realism and a collection of offbeat characters, The Accidental Art Thief explores the thin line between life and death and the universal forces that connect all things.


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About the Author: (from the publisher)


The Accidental Art Thief is Joan’s fifth novel. Her previous work includes three novels published with The Permanent Press and a historical novel published with Beagle Bay Books in 2003. The historical, called Gudrun’s Tapestry, won Foreword and IPPY awards and was translated into Italian and Russian. Joan is currently completely her sixth novel, another historical.

In addition to her own fiction writing projects, she writes, ghostwrites, and edits for individuals and corporations. Her business website can be viewed at www.greycoreliteraryservices.com.


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37 comments :

Kerri said...

I think I will have to add this to my summer reading list. Seems like an interesting read - the synopsis makes me want to read more!

Joanne T Ferguson said...

Thank you for highlighting this today as am always after that next interesting read! I will have to check this book out more!

Mayra Calvani said...

Thank you for the review, Michele!

Jeannette said...

I've been looking for new reading for this summer and this looks like it would be really good! I'm adding it to my reading list!

mail4rosey said...

2 weeks is not a lot of time, but at least it's time. :) I think it sounds like a book I'd enjoy.

Miranda Myrabev said...

The book sounds very intriguing maybe when I get a moment I could have a read of it.

Heather Jones said...

Doesn't sound like a very nice fiancé. She's probably better off without him. Seems like she needs to establish herself a little more too.

Audrey said...

This sounds like a very good read! WIll have to add it to my summer reading list. Thanks for the synopsis of the plot without giving away the ending!!

CourtneyLynne said...

Omg another good book!!! You always review the best books! I'm gong to have to add this one to my reading list!

Rebecca Swenor said...

This is a book I would love to read indeed. Your review make it seem like the twist at the end could be many things and that is what makes me want to read it. Great review. I love read like this when the good girl wins in the end or that is what I am thinking.

NYC Single Mom said...

Thanks for your review. I will be adding it to my summer reading list.

mail4rosey said...

Everyone's saying they're adding it to their summer reading list. I think that sounds like the perfect idea too! Great review, I'm happy to have found it (and if this is a duplicate comment, never mind me. I commented before but don't see it). :)

John Lopez said...

Interesting to read this book, I always seeing your book review and this one is the best review. Thank you for sharing it.

Shaney Vijendranath said...

This post reminds me on how I need to catchup on reading! I love books, just wish I had more time to read... This sounds lovely.

Jennifer Juro said...

I have been looking for new books to add to my reading list. This sounds great thank you!

Vera Sweeney said...

This sounds like it would be a great summer read!! I am hoping to have more time to read this summer!

Pam@IW said...

This sounds interesting and probably happens in real life more than we know. Well at least the part where someone is forced to make major life changes due to the death of someone they are living with or caring for.

Frugal and Fun Mom said...

Sounds like an interesting story with a few twists and turns. I am interested to know if she is found out about stealing the art work.

Chanelle Kim said...

Now I am curious as to what happens to this woman... and the painting must be another key component to the story. Sounds like a fascinating read!

Lesley said...

Sounds like a great story.I think I will have to add this to my summer poolside reading list!

Megan @ Wit & Wander said...

This sounds like a great story! I may just have to check it out and add it to my summer reading bucket list!

Kat Balog said...

This sounds like a great read! I really love accidental happenstance books. Like if this didnt happen then their world would be boring but one chance thing and WOW they have a huge adventure.

Susan Quackenbush said...

I typically read non-fiction books but this sounds like a pretty interesting story! I'm going to see if I can get my hands on a copy. Thanks for sharing this wish us! :)

JaimeLovesStuff said...

I am glad to read your review because this is actually on my TBR list!

Sue Lau said...

Sounds like an interesting read! The plot reminds me of a sort of modern Jane Austen type novel where women have had to make do in bad situations.

jcupphoo said...

Thanks for sharing your review! Sounds like an interesting book - I'm definitely going to share this with the wife.

Cai Lipstick and Chopsticks said...

That sounds interesting. I still have a lot of pending books to read but I would definitely add that one!

Ron Leyba said...

Sounds like a very interesting read! Thanks for sharing this book! I might read this one soon!

Ron Leyba said...

Sounds like a very interesting read! Thanks for sharing this book! I might read this one soon!

Elizabeth O. said...

This sounds like an interesting read. I will add this for my list of books for June.

Shirgie Scf said...

I haven't read the book just yet but I like the story based on your synopsis. It's sooo mee... I don;t want that to happen to me, I have to take chances and take risk so I will not do the same thing for the rest of my life. I like this and I want to read this.

Nicci said...

Sounds fun! I wonder if it is like the movie "Uptown Girls" or "Raising Helen." They have to grow up rather quickly in those stories too. If I find some free time this summer, I'll have to look for this at the library.

Amanda McMahon said...

Thanks for the additional potential book read. Chances are something we have to take... sometimes!

DOGVILLS said...

It looks like this woman had a terrible life. I can't wait to read this book. It is interesting

Maddi'sMommy said...

Okay, you have me intrigued - what's the twist?! I hope she finds something that makes her happy.

Marina John said...

Wow, she's been through alot! This sounds like a captivating summer read.

Mommy Peach said...

This is such an interesting book. I wish I can grab a copy.

 
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