The Portrait

The Portrait This historical romance was originally published in The reigning master of the New York art world Jonas Whitaker was brilliant and compelling a man of dark passions and uncontrollable emotions

  • Title: The Portrait
  • Author: Megan Chance
  • ISBN: 9781936632015
  • Page: 379
  • Format: ebook
  • This historical romance was originally published in 1995.The reigning master of the New York art world, Jonas Whitaker was brilliant and compelling, a man of dark passions and uncontrollable emotions Terrified of his own dangerous nature and scarred by the horror of his past, he hid behind his talent in a world of glittering emptiness until Imogene Carter pushed her wayThis historical romance was originally published in 1995.The reigning master of the New York art world, Jonas Whitaker was brilliant and compelling, a man of dark passions and uncontrollable emotions Terrified of his own dangerous nature and scarred by the horror of his past, he hid behind his talent in a world of glittering emptiness until Imogene Carter pushed her way into his life.He discounted her on sight, seeing her as a colorless, fragile woman with no spirit and less talent He could send her running with a word and he intended to do just that.But Imogene was not so easily frightened She came to Jonas to learn, and learn she would everything he could teach her She wanted his artist s secrets and his brilliant passion She wanted to be swept up in his seductive, forbidden world.Until she saw the terrible price he paid for his talent.And realized it was impossible to catch a shooting star without being burned

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    1. Verity

      “They say they love you and then they leave.”O lord have mercy on my romantic soul, what a stroke of genius. W/ sensitivity & pinpoint accuracy, MC captures the unflinching snapshot of Bipolar aka Manic depressive disorder. U can tell she has done her homework. She illustrates so eloquently the harrowing experience, the symptoms & manifestations of this illness thru’ the visions of “Mad Jonas” & those around him. Compulsive shopping : check. Uncontrollable rages : check. Vo [...]

    2. Tammy Walton Grant

      Wow. I gotta say this book is unlike any historical romance I can remember reading. I'm going to use the word dark simply because I can't think of another at the moment but I'm not sure it fits. THIS REVIEW IS KINDA SPOILERISH.The Portrait is extremely well-written. Not only can the author create heart-breakingly beautiful imagery, but I'm thinking she either spent a LOT of time researching bipolar disorder or she has some first-hand experience with it. Her portrayal of the Hero's cycle -- he's [...]

    3. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

      The Portrait was dark, angsty and riveting. At times, I wasn’t sure that I liked Jonas. However, I came to see that his initial cruelty towards Imogene arose out of his despair, his hopelessness about his life. People are often cruel out of self-defense. He felt a sense of powerlessness about his mental illness, and his dependence on his patrons to keep a roof over his head and to be able to do the one thing that had meaning for him, to pursue his art. As the book progresses, I saw that Jonas [...]

    4. Crista

      Anyone tired of reading cliche romances should check this book out. I've never read one like this before and I probably never will. DARK doesn't begin to describe this one. Jonas Whitaker is a brilliant artist who also struggles with bipolar (manic/depressive) disorder. He has been left by people who could not contend with his mental illness his whole life. He is lonely, isolated, and on the brink of "madness". Imogene comes to him as a student wanting to learn from a "master". She has been over [...]

    5. Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)

      She was looking at him as if he were God, and in that moment he felt as if he were. He was God, and she was his Eve, more perfect than Adam had ever been, more interesting. The book about a tortured but brilliant artist who takes pleasure in humiliating his new student, the h seemed like just the book to read. What I dint know beforehand was that the H actually suffered from MDP and was not just another 'tortured soul'. Handling such mcs with care, knowledge and sensitivity is essential and here [...]

    6. Julz

      Loved this book! I really get into those damaged heroes and this one holds top rank. Dark and disturbed hero falls for emotionally abused heroine who has lived in the shadow of a beloved and deceased sister. Hero has Bipolar Disorder which is depicted pretty damn realistically, even if it's the worse case scenario. She is supposed to be his angel of mercy who saves him from the darkness in a time of no lithium. The ride was exciting, angsty, anxiety provoking and utterly satisfying. Our heroine, [...]

    7. Zoe

      I have read very contradicting reviews about the book. Apparently this is not a book for everyone. I was very curious about Jonas, the bi-polar artist hero in this book. So even though I found Imogene, the heroine rather dull from the excerpt I read, I wanted to find out more about Jonas.Jonas is one of the few truly dark heros I have read. Granted, there have been dark heros, and some of them were poignantly portrayed. But Jonas' predicament is on a whole different level of darkness: he was, di [...]

    8. Linda

      *4.5 stars.*Rarely do I think of a book as a seductive read. This story was. THE PORTRAIT was deep, dark and delicious. It sucked me in on a journey into madness. Jonas Whitaker was an anti-hero. Throughout the first half of the book there were not many nice things you could say about him. He was mean, rude, crass, amoral and vindictive. He was also brilliant, insightful and imaginative beyond reason. He was an artist; he painted with emotion.But this was 1855 New York; a city known for its crim [...]

    9. Denise

      Wow! What a ride this book was. New York, 1885. Jonas is a brilliant artist who suffers from manic/bi-polar episodes. He is scarred mentally and physically, he is missing a hand. Imogene comes to Jonas' studio as a student, but she does not know that Jonas was forced to take her on by her godfather who is his patron. He deeply resents her being there, and does all he can to get her to quit. We can see that he is heading towards an "episode". I felt like a deer caught in the headlights watching i [...]

    10. Juliana Philippa

      Full review to come. 5+ starsAside from one extremely offensive line and the inclusion of the much-hated (at least by me) Big Misunderstanding / Things Left Unsaid ploy, this book was unbelievably wonderful.

    11. BRNTerri

      Jonas: He has long dark hair and green eyes. I don’t think his age was given. He’s manic-depressive (bipolar). He lost his right hand due to a suicide attempt four years previous. He’s attempted suicide several times. After he lost his hand, he was admitted to an insane asylum and was there for four months. He’s also bisexual. He’s also estranged from his family.Imogene: She’s twenty-six, short with light brown hair and brown eyes. She’s been living in her older sister, Chloe’s, [...]

    12. Miakoda

      1. First 200 pages were amazing. It was vibrant art involving lovable characters. The unique approach in the old New York setting blew me away.2. The last half of the book was, in a way, insulting to art. I felt like the main character Jonas lost his artistic aura and the story turned the opposite direction.3. It was too long for a book whose second half was so disliking. YeaI said that twice.However, the book is worth reading because some readers might find the entire book a beautyI almost had [...]

    13. Trewen

      This story is like a car wreck. I couldn't look away. Jonas and Imogene had experienced so much isolation and pain that I have never wanted relief for two people more. The emotions are so beautifully portrayed.spair, understanding, hope. And friendship; Rico was soue.I'm still thinking about this story.I Wonder how they're doing :)

    14. Melissa

      Well. Wow. That was intense, I'll give it that. As a character study of a brilliant artist with bipolar disorder, The Portrait is incredible -- vivid, believable, distressing. As a romanceI don't know. (view spoiler)[I can't help feeling these two people are doomed to a life of misery as the hero struggles with the manic episodes and episodes of crushing depression so well portrayed in this book, all while the heroine tries to hold him together with her love and patience. Add in their probable f [...]

    15. Kaza

      The Portrait by Megan Chance was a really well written and compelling story. It's about Jonas Whitaker's life, his struggle with bi-polar disorder in historical times and the love between him and Imogene, a woman who was searching for someone to love her. If I rated the books I read purely on the quality of the book I would have given The Portrait a higher rating. However, the Portrait was not the most comfortable read. The relationship between the characters was fraught with difficulty and I wa [...]

    16. Tina

      I could completely understand why this book is on a lot of peoples Keeper shelf but I personally am not fond of heroines with major self esteem issues, even if they're a strong woman otherwise, and the author writes compelling enough to warrant my sympathy. Theres should be a limit to any pity-party. To me, it just sounded like 400 pages worth of whining The first half was notably better than the latter.The hero I found simply incredible, flaws and all, especially because of them. He was drawn s [...]

    17. L8blmr

      What a beautifully heartbreaking dark tale of one of the most tortured souls I have ever read about (and believe me, there have been many). The time period, the locale, the subject matter, and the leading characters unabashedly drew me in and, with a stranglehold, kept me riveted until I finished the story.Why am I just now "discovering" this author? Why did I wait so long to read this book that has been on my TBR list for so long? The answers to these and other questions will remain unanswered [...]

    18. Mary Kate

      This was a good story! The first 60% of the book had me a little worried.First we have Imogene swept away by Jonas in his wonderful world. And I was just like 'girl you are just a play thing for him right now.' And then Jonas crashes from his high and we realize he's one of those genius's that has crazy bouts of inspiration & extreme lows.It's when everything comes crashing down that Imogene realizes she wants to be with Jonas for the rest of her life.I liked the calm after the storm. I like [...]

    19. Charlie

      I liked the beginning of the book. It had a lot of intrigue and excitement, but that fizzled out quite quickly when Imogene, a previously respectable young lady spends a night in te company of two men. Even with my 21st century thinking, that make me uncomfortable - it would be unheard of in the time period of the story.I found this book off a recommendation after reading Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm. I found that, in comparison, this book handled the topic of mental illness poorly. Half the [...]

    20. Adreana Hani

      Intense. Jonas certainly was different from the usual historical romance heroes I've been used to reading. Sure, there are some exceptions to the rule; of course. I was sucked in, totally riveted (engrossed?) whenever his viewpoints came up. The premise (backdrop?) of the story (artist vs student, New York) was also a welcomed change from the typical stories set in the wild, wild west or during (or aftermath) of a "war"/conflict.However, there was something missing. I can't put my finger to it.W [...]

    21. Jamie H

      This one I don't know. There was nothing about the writing that I could put my finger on, but every time I read about someone's breath quickening or heart pounding I wanted to roll my eyes. I just wasn't into it.

    22. Darla

      **Possible Spoilers** Oh man, I really enjoyed this book. It was not at all what I expected, especially for a time period piece. It had all the makings to be a simple, straight forward romance; shy girl goes to famous artist to learn to paint, said brooding artist finds he is secretly enamored with shy girl, passion ensues and a long lasting love is created, but man was that not the case. Imogene wanted to be an artist so she was "fortunate" enough to be able to study under the brilliantly talen [...]

    23. T

      Bi-Polar/Manic-Depressive. Beautiful, unusual story about the need for unconditional love. I'm glad there was such a great supporter for each of them (Rico and the godfather) otherwise the story would have been too much of a downer. The end dragged on a bit with the repeated reasoning for not being together, but it was worth the ending. I'm glad there was no pretense about his mental illness disappearing in the future, and I'm glad that he was able to do something for her as well. It wasn't just [...]

    24. Kathryn

      I feel like genre conventions limited what Chance could have done here (although obviously there are people like Laura Kinsale who can write about chaotic emotions while working within a genre's structure). This was a decent effort from Chance but the latter 2/3 of the story fails to live up to its interesting premise. It turned into a bad melodrama that had no substance, which is a shame.

    25. Sedoo Ashivor

      I would have given this book five stars except that I was almost offended by the blasphemous rantings of a nearly mad man. But what a rollercoaster of a read! Very emotion-filled and turbulent. It is tough to see what goes through the mind of the mentally ill. Tough.The romance was OK, nothing extraordinary. Still, an excellently written book. I flew through the pages.

    26. Joan

      Story of a woman who was seem for what she was capable of becoming, of more than what she believed she could be. I enjoyed the book, the struggle of the artist who loved her. It took awhile to make it's point though.

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