"I, David Sumner, who has never done anything noteworthy; did something significant this morning."

Art dealer David Sumner finds his life disrupted by a chance encounter with the Dunne family when he saves the life of their son, Tommy. Having stopped to use his cell phone for work, he notices Rachael Dunne as she nurses her infant daughter, Amy. When Rachael’s son, Tommy, dives into shallow water and is knocked unconscious, David rushes to save him. Though this act of selflessness plants the seeds of change in the wayward David, it is a process for him to come to terms with his past and embrace a life of meaning.

Infatuated by the lovely Rachael, he becomes obsessed with her and her family. Though he puts distance between himself and the Dunnes, he never forgets the young mother he watched nursing her baby that fateful day. He finds his high-powered life of excess less satisfying and seeks solace in his childhood home on his grandparents’ farm. However, the farm holds secrets that will change David profoundly and help right a wrong from years earlier.

Told through the points of view of the major characters, this book moves at a mesmerizing fast pace. David discovers that his grandparents were involved in returning stolen art from the Nazis to its rightful owners. History buffs are sure to enjoy the connection to the Monuments Men, and the author includes historical information about their endeavors. This moving story follows David and the Dunne family through upheaval and tragedy. The author hits just the right balance of fascinating historical details and romantic intrigue. The characters are well-rounded, and the dialogue flows smoothly throughout the work. Porter’s novel is exceptionally well-written with beautiful descriptive language. Her book is a must-read for history buffs and romantics.

Porter's Rectified was a 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award da Vinci Eye Finalist.

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