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Beth's Review: The Painting and The Piano by John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo

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Publisher: ALJ Marketing LLC

Released: February 4, 2016

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Length: 304 pages

Format: ebook, hardcover, paperback

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The Painting and The Piano, by John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo, is an improbable story of survival and love. Growing up more than a thousand miles apart and worlds away from each other, Johnny and Adrianne seemed to have all that a child could ask for. However, the demons of their respective mothers would tear their young, fragile lives apart. Eventually, destiny would bring Johnny and Adrianne together, but first they had to endure the painful toll that alcohol, drugs, and a negligent court system would take on them. With parts of Adrianne’s story ripped from national news headlines, their story takes them from the depths of despair and near death, to their first serendipitous introduction and the moment each knew they were finally safe. Filled with hope, inspiration and humor, The Painting and the Piano is an unforgettable story of pain, loss and the undying human quest for happiness. Told as a tandem narrative, Adrianne and Johnny’s stories are unique, but share parallels that create a taut and emotionally compelling narrative. The Painting and The Piano is set to be released in February 2016. For further information or to request a review copy, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at

Five Boundless Stars

I loved this book; but I have to say, as a foster parent, it upset me at times. This is a good thing. The characters were well developed and the stories were written with unbelievable imagery. I felt brought into John and Adrianne’s lives, as well as the lives of their parents’. While reading The Painting and The Piano, I felt compassion for some, hate for others, and mostly empathy for several of the characters. When the book was over, I wanted more.

To say that John and Adrianne went through a lot in their lives would be a tremendous understatement; and what they have grown to become is amazing. This is so much more than a good book; it’s a beautifully written combination of two people from completely different worlds, yet their problems are so similar. A disease is never targeted to one type of person; it doesn’t care where your from, how much money you make, where you live, what you drive, who you love, or who loves you.

Lipscomb and Lugo created a thought provoking piece of literature, with the deepest of meaning to many. I have never been addicted, nor could I ever understand how it could happen; I do now and, thanks to The Painting and The Piano, I will never look at addition the same way. Thank you for sharing. This book has earned a rating of 5 Boundless stars, because it’s the highest option available, otherwise it would be more.

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