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Savannah artist Abilene Dupree keeps her personal life out of her commercial paintings except one. That one painting has now brought Londoner Lars Cargill back to the coastal town and into her art world. Can she hold him at bay before he invades her personal space and paint his way into her heart? * * * * * While on vacation in Savannah last year, Lars Cargill bought a smaSavannah artist Abilene Dupree keeps her personal life out of her commercial paintings except one. That one painting has now brought Londoner Lars Cargill back to the coastal town and into her art world. Can she hold him at bay before he invades her personal space and paint his way into her heart? * * * * * While on vacation in Savannah last year, Lars Cargill bought a small watercolor painting for his estate in England. The more he stared at the artwork, the more he wanted to meet the woman in the painting. This summer, Lars returns to Savannah to find the elusive real-life Lady and the Sea. Problem is, the artist says she doesn’t exist. Of course, he doesn’t believe her. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be showing up in her art classes and following her around. He doubts she has the heart to turn him away, not when he shows her that he has artistic potential. Abilene Dupree is busy trying to make a living as an artist and art teacher in Savannah. She sells commercial art, not personal stories. Although much of her heart goes into her paintings, she doesn’t reveal her soul, not even to the clean-cut guy with cute dimples who is searching for the woman in her Lady and the Sea painting. She keeps telling Lars that the illusive woman in the painting doesn’t exist. Well, the more she tells him that, the more she begins to believe her own words. Before she could give him the real answers he seeks, Lars’s own past shows up and he has to leave Savannah. Will their relationship be like an unfinished painting? DRAW YOU NEAR is the third book in Jan Thompson’s SAVANNAH SWEETHEARTS series of contemporary Christian romance celebrating faith, hope, and love....

Title : Draw You Near
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ISBN : 25955114
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Number of Pages : 254 Pages
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Draw You Near Reviews

  • Deana Dick
    2019-04-03 21:32

    Abilene is an artist that enjoys expressing herself through the strokes of her brush. She is content to paint most of the day, while also teaching art classes for extra income. She lives in Savannah and calls a small apartment her home . One of her paintings called, Lady and the Sea" has gotten the attention from a man named Lars. He seems to find her wherever she happens to be and is determined to find out who the woman is in the picture. His uncanny need to find this woman has caused Abilene irritation. Why can't he just go back home and leave her alone? Slowly Lars begins to build a friendship with Abilene , but still insists that she tell him who the woman is in the painting. Why is Abilene so secretive about the painting? Abilene is guarded with her feelings for him, but slowly her heart begins to open to a relationship with him. Lars soon is mesmerized by the gift Abilene has for painting pictures that captures true beauty and visits the Simons Gallery where her art is displayed. As their relationship starts to thrive , there is an unexpected visitor that could change their lives forever. Will Abilene still want to be with Lars when she finds out who this visitor is? The author has written a story that shares a deep relationship with Christ between both Abilene and Lars. This foundation will draw them closer to each other as they both express their trust in Him for their future. The scriptures that the author has throughout the book is placed perfectly to blend with the story. I was impressed with the way the story flowed with grace and gradually built a mutual attraction between the characters. Lars had said to Abilene "your paintings linger long in my mind after I've seen them." When I read that line, I though how His words linger in our mind and how a story that is written so well, will linger with you forever. The author has written a touching story that will stay with you long after the last word is read. Let the story linger with you and touch you with love, grace and hope.

  • Trixi
    2019-03-26 15:22

    A year ago, London resident Lars bought a painting called "Lady and the Sea". He comes to America to try to find the woman in the painting. He meets the artist Abilene Dupree and asks her for more information on her lady subject. Since she is so elusive, he begins to follow her and even enrolls in her outdoor artist class. What begins as an annoyance, soon turns into something more. Can Lars get through to Abilenes' shell around her heart so she can find the freedom to love?This is a well developed story rich with scripture references and the lush background of Savanna, Georgia. This is the author's 3rd story in her Savanna Sweethearts series. I recommend this to contemporary inspirational romance readers who appreciate characters who live out their faith in everyday life. I fell in love with both Lars and Abilene and I hope you will too! I look forward to more of Jan's books!I was given a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Stacey
    2019-04-25 19:14

    Artist Abilene loves her quiet life in Savannah, GA. She’s frugal, but not ‘starving,’ and she is able to do what she lovesDraw You Near by Jan Thompson to do – paint. Wealthy British, Lars, comes to Savannah seeking the subject of a painting that Abilene created. Art is personal to Abilene, so this intrusion by Lars (which to me bordered on stalking), upsets the peaceful balance she has created in her life. Lars discovers the artist is much more interesting than the subject of her painting and tries to draw Abilene to him, but Lars has some soul searching to do before he can truly commit. Will their common faith help them to ‘picture’ themselves together? This story made me want to visit Savannah and see all the beauty that the author brings to life in this story. I will have to say that the conversations (dialogue) between Abilene and Lars were initially difficult for me to follow, but improved as the story developed.

  • Linda Rainey
    2019-03-25 19:06

    Draw You Near is a sweet romance in the Savannah Sweetheart series that I loved. You can read it as a stand alone but you see recurring characters in this book that enriched my reading experience.The main characters were well developed and I enjoyed how Lars pursued Abilene.Several verses appealed to me "He is the way the truth and the life and no man cometh unto the Father but by me" John 14:6 regarding Lars on his journey returning to the Lord.I also enjoyed the verse Seek you first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all things shall be added. To me this verse means that you should seek God first and have a relationship with him and human love will come.I read this book in the Splash collection plus the first book in the series and look forward to reading more.

  • June
    2019-04-12 18:25

    Interesting book about two trust fund people who live frugally. Abilene is an artist. One of her paintings caught the attention of Lars. He had to meet the artist so he could find the lady in the painting. Something about her called to his soul. Abilene tries to avoid Lars but he keeps showing up everywhere she is. He is finally able to convince her to spend some time with him but then disaster strikes and she sends him on his way. It takes a while to get things ironed out, but in the end everything works out.

  • Bhriv
    2019-04-07 13:16

    Abilene is a successful artist that uses most if her money for charity And has a trust find due to the family business of Depree Hot Sauce. She's busy painting...not looking for love. Lars is from England and bought a print of one of her works and fell for the woman in it so he goes to Savannah looking for the artist to find out who the woman is in the print. Abeline won't tell Lars, but Lats is much so that that they build a strange friendship. Could Lars have fallen for the artist not the woman in the print?! A great continuation in this series

  • Ann
    2019-04-20 18:11

    This is the third book in the Savannah Sweethearts Series, bu it can be read as a standalone. It was fun catching back up with the characters from the first book, and I thoroughly enjoyed following Abilene and Lars in their journey to finding their happily ever after. This is another heartwarming and sweet romance combined with a message of God's love and faithfulness from this author that I certainly do recommend. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • Alexa Verde
    2019-04-07 18:32

    I love books that celebrate faith, love, and hope, and Draw Me Near is a great example of such book. Set against a beautiful backdrop of Savannah, Georgia, the story is a part of Savannah Sweethearts series, but it can be read as a stand alone. The relationship between two main characters, Lars and Abilene, is carefully developed, starting from friendship and changing into something more. Lars bought a print of one of Abilene's paintings Lady and the Sea. He was so fascinated by the woman in the painting that he looked for the artist to learn who that woman in the painting was. But Abilene guards her privacy very closely and keeps telling Lars that the woman doesn't exist as she is only a part of Abilene's imagination. However, Lars doesn't give up... The mystery of Lady and the Sea kept me guessing. And I liked the unique church community.Draw Me Near has wonderful Christian characters that live out their faith in everyday life. The author painted a tender, touching story, and I look forward to reading more books by Jan Thompson.

  • Christina Li
    2019-03-28 14:11

    Another terrific book by Jan Thompson! Lars, and Englishman and the hero, gets a copy of one of the heroine’s (Abilene) art pieces called Lady and the Sea and is intrigued. He’s very wealthy and travels from England to Savannah to find her and get the story of the painting. Abilene isn’t really impressed and frankly doesn’t want to share. He is persistent and they become friends. Both are Christians and he starts attending Abilene’s church. She warms up to him and begins to trust him. Unfortunately, he has a bit of a past that he’s not proud of and it threatens to really mess up any possibility of a future together. I liked the way the author used Scripture as a way to encourage, teach, and convict without being preachy. I liked the ending, feel good and a little extra.

  • Tina at Mommynificent
    2019-04-16 21:22

    My favorite part of this story is how loveably quirky Lars is. He is truly unique and, as such, you never know quite what to expect from him. His obsession with a painting and thus its painter is actually pretty funny as are said painter Abilene’s reactions to him. I really enjoyed the interactions between these two, especially as they were just beginning to get to know each other. They were hilarious! I also love the unique church community introduced in this book. I hope to get to know many of these other characters in other books by this author!(First read as part of Splash! book set June 2015. Went back to read the whole series in June 2016 so reread this one where it belonged in the series order.)

  • Tina
    2019-04-21 13:26

    Draw You Near #3 Savannah Sweethearts series by Jan ThompsonLast year while on vacationing in Savannah Lars Cargill bought a small watercolor painting of a woman called, Lady and the Sea, for his estate in England. There is something about the woman in the painting that captivates him. Determined to locate the woman, he returns to Savannah and approaches the artists. But Abilene Dupree insists there is no such woman, she made her up. Lars does not believe her and won't leave her alone. Does the elusive woman exist or just an artistic rendering? Artist Abilene Dupree loves painting and is busy making a living as an artist and art teacher as well as selling her commercial art but not her personal life stories within her paintings. Her peaceful days are shattered when the handsome and charming Britisher admires her work—flattering to be sure—but then he becomes a bit irritating. Over time they form a friendship of sorts and she lets her guard down a tiny bit. They actually share some things in common, their faith for one thing, which was surprising at first. However, something from the past may break that fragile friendship when Lars must leave Savannah suddenly and return to England. Will he return or is their budding love over before it really began? I enjoyed watching as Lars and Abilene got to know each other and their love grew. There was a few surprises that Abilene was not expecting which opened her eyes to Lars' true character. But then another shocking surprise that left doubts and fears for both Abilene and Lars. I like how they turned to God and prayer for guidance. A heartwarming story. (~I also received an e-book from the author, (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~)

  • Jan Thompson
    2019-04-23 20:08