The Sign Painter: A Novel

by Davis Bunn

Paperback, 2014



Call number




Howard Books (2014), 256 pages


"A young mother struggles to get back on her feet after a devastating loss leaves her and her daughter alone and living on the street"--


Original language


Physical description

256 p.; 8.38 inches


1416556737 / 9781416556732

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Title: The Sign Painter
Author: Davis Bunn
Pages: 256
Year: 2014
Publisher: Howard Books
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Amy Dowell has been a widow for two years. She has been homeless for nineteen months. She and her 5-year-old daughter, Kimmie, have been living in a camper cab built on top of her
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father’s old pickup truck. They have arrived in Brentonville, Florida, in the hopes of Amy finding a permanent job painting windows, putting her graphic design experience to work. She has a temporary job painting windows at a local car dealership but hopes to get the word out about her availability and skills so as to make Brentonville her new home. She and Kimmie go to a local church that has a program for homeless people, offering food and shelter. She is assigned an apartment to live in and is thrilled to have it.
Amy reports to work where the owner of the dealership is immediately smitten with her. She is not in the market for a relationship, especially with her boss. She politely rebuffs him and gets to work. As the day wanes, a group of five flashy dressed men and women arrive and buy three expensive cars, paying in cash. Amy notes these people but continues her work. After they leave and the dealership has closed, she notices a lot of money has been left on a salesman’s desk. What should she do? Her decision might decide her future.
This was a book that had been on my shelf for a while, so I decided to read it. I was not disappointed. The story was one of encouragement, hope and restoration. The plot was predictable but nonetheless enjoyable. I didn’t really click with the security force aspect of the story or any of the characters involved in it. I liked no-nonsense Lucy. She said what she thought and didn’t sugarcoat it, but her faith was evident in her life every day. For those who are looking for a relaxing, hopeful, and heart-warming book, this one is definitely for you.
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
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