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Molly's extravagantly handsome husband Fielding is a drifter, and he drifts out of her life, leaving her with debts and a young son. An art dealer makes her an offer If she will let him hang paintings in her secure, light-filled apartment for his private clients, he'll pay her well. "All you have to do is put out the sherry," he tells her.
As masterpieces come to hang on her walls and strangers cross her doorway, Molly is drawn into a dangerous game. The other players are the missing husband Fee, Magnus, the charming con man who has an easy answer to every objection, and John Wren, the tender-hearted older man who would save Molly if he could.
But Molly has to save herself.
One day the paintings are missing, and her young son taken. Soon after, she finds herself holding the key to the future. This suspense story plays out in Manhattan and an old apple farm up the Hudson, a would-be Eden that becomes a tragic stage for love, deception, theft and betrayal.
Reviewer Tammy Grant, InD'tale Magazine, says "Crisp, elegant prose ... lyrical in places, spare and desolate in others, draws the reader in from the first line and doesn't let go until the very last word. Highly recommended."

Picnic in Eden eBook Martha Moffett

Picnic in Eden contains all the right ingredients for a thrilling, suspenseful novel. Molly Graves, an innocent romantic, falls hopelessly in love with Fee, not because of his character, but because of his unusual physical grace. Her perfect word, that now includes their son, suddenly comes to an end, however, when Fee's deceitful impulsive nature destroys their marriage. Molly's take control attitude eventually helps her overcome her desperate situation and opens up many new avenues, including the ability to come to the aid of other desperados.

Martha Moffett skillfully describes life in Manhattan, in the Adirondacks and also delves into the art world and the dark secrets involving stolen masterpieces. She presents in-depth information on a number of interesting subjects which helps inspire her readers to nourish their creative sides.

Product details

  • File Size 883 KB
  • Print Length 211 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN 1492371564
  • Publisher CreateSpace.com (August 27, 2015)
  • Publication Date August 27, 2015
  • Language English
  • ASIN B014LQ1JDU

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It is the mark of a good writer that the reader remains enthralled throughout the storytelling despite a paucity of violence. Such is the case with Martha Moffett and her latest novel, Picnic in Eden. Described by a blogger as a suspense novel, the book keeps one on tenterhooks not for wondering if a character is about to be shot or stabbed or blown up, or experience some other horrendous fate. The tension is in the mysteries of, first, the motive behind the disappearance of the protagonist's restless and somewhat quixotic husband; and second, the origins of the paintings that an art dealer brings to her Upper East Side Manhattan apartment for private showings, and the dealer's background and associations.
A novel that might also fit into the romance category - though certainly not the vapid, genre fiction variety - it holds a taut suspense over this element. Will the husband, Fielding, return and he and main character Molly reconcile? Or will she turn him away for his misdeeds and take up with a new man who has entered her life? Or neither?
The story becomes an intricate plot, but the author's adept narrative carries the reader nimbly through the twists and turns, such that it is not difficult to follow. The pacing instills a high interest level from beginning to end.
In an understated way, the book is a declaration of feminine independence. Molly takes the homeless (though not quite penniless) Fielding, whom she calls Fee, into her home out of admiration in large part for his physical characteristics, a reversal of the traditional male/female role. She is a lover of art, and is smitten with the graceful lines and curves of his masculine body. They marry and have a child (though the birth is not discussed), a clear picture of whom emerges.
Without being dull or didactic - on the contrary, it is intriguingly wrought - the book serves as a primer in the world of art dealing and introduces the neophyte to a few of the fundamentals of art and a light exposure to art history.
Readers looking for scary thrills of the kind found in the fiction of, say, James Patterson, should not search for them here. In cheap novels filled with gruesome murders and other gratuitous mayhem, the violence often, if not usually, is mechanical, with little emotion behind it. There is a dearth of substance. One is left with a feeling of emptiness hours after finishing the book, much like the ephemeral emotion following a sports event.
Picnic in Eden is a different brand of escapism. Characters take shape and a range of human emotions with which anyone can empathize is limned love, lust, longing, loneliness, greed, fear, courage, cowardice. They are treated, not in the pure blacks and whites of naïvete, but with a realism that paints in shades, rendering them believable and identifiable.
And they linger in the recesses of the reader's psyche.
-- Bob Brink, author of Breaking Out, a novel
To echo a review I read a while back - Moffett never disappoints. She is a great storyteller. I cannot recommend Picnic in Eden enough.
Really liked this read! Looking forward to more from this wonderful author!
"There's romance, mystery and skulduggery in the fine arts world in "A Picnic in Eden". Martha Moffett knows the smart Manhattan East Side very well -- as well as an upstate New York apple farm retreat -- as a young mother struggles to protect her son in the sudden dramatic change in their once simple life. When her husband disappears, only by forced involvement with dodgy, sophisticated arts experts can she keep her family going while she searches for him. Good cast of characters -- good and evil. From Elisabeth Bastion, author of "No Just Desserts" and "The Marigold Mafia".
Ms. Moffett brings the love of New York's East side, mystery, and a new twist to an old Romeo&Juliet style to bear in this book. This book is a breath fo fresh air in a world of stodgy old cigar mysteries.

Everyone should have a chance to experience Ms. Moffett's writing.

This is one Picnic in Eden that won't be forgotten any time soon.
Well done.
Picnic in Eden contains all the right ingredients for a thrilling, suspenseful novel. Molly Graves, an innocent romantic, falls hopelessly in love with Fee, not because of his character, but because of his unusual physical grace. Her perfect word, that now includes their son, suddenly comes to an end, however, when Fee's deceitful impulsive nature destroys their marriage. Molly's take control attitude eventually helps her overcome her desperate situation and opens up many new avenues, including the ability to come to the aid of other desperados.

Martha Moffett skillfully describes life in Manhattan, in the Adirondacks and also delves into the art world and the dark secrets involving stolen masterpieces. She presents in-depth information on a number of interesting subjects which helps inspire her readers to nourish their creative sides.
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