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Book Review And Giveaway: The Painted Table

the painted table

The Painted Table tells the story of three generations of a Norwegian family who settled in the US. The table was handcrafted in 1800s in Norway and made its way to Minnesota to the family of Knute Kirkeborg and his wife Clara. Knute’s father had painstakingly carved it and sent it to him.

The table passes on to Knute’s daughter, Joann. To her it symbolizes many traumatic childhood memories. Joann keeps painting over the table as she struggles with her past, and tries to fight the mental illness passed on to her from her mother. Watching her mother suffer and seeing how much the table seems to bring pain, Joann’s daughter, Saffee, grows to hate what has become an ugly painted table.

Saffee however, attempts to break the cycle of pain and seek redemption.

In this, her first novel, Suzanne Fields has created a gripping tale of how painful memories and mental illness can hold families for generations. The emotions are raw and one really hopes the story will end on a note of hope. I won’t give the ending away. However, suffice to say that the book kept me wanting to read and find out how the story ended.

I love the issues the story dealt with – family legacies and family secrets – how we can choose whether we will allow them to hold us down or to move towards healing.


I received a free copy of this book for review via Litfuse Publicity.

(Only open to readers in the US and Canada)

Suzanne Field is celebrating her novel, The Painted Table, with a beautiful hand-painted table giveaway!

One winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 18th. Winner will be announced January 20th on Thomas Nelson’s Facebook Page.


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by check the TNZ Facebook Page on the 20th to see if you won.


  1. Geeta Nair Geeta Nair January 5, 2014

    Nice review Corinne. From the gist it looks like an interesting book.

  2. Suzy Suzy January 5, 2014

    Nicely written review. You ignite an interest to read. The wooden Norwegian table brought to mind the song “Norwegian Wood” by the Beatles (So you lit a fire – to read this book – isn’t it good Norwegian wood).
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  3. Vishnu Vishnu January 5, 2014

    Sounds like a powerful story Corinne. Any story that brings mental illness and mental health issues to light is an important book. You’ve made a compelling case to pick this book up. Thanks for your suspense-filled review – I’m curious how this family story ends.

  4. Richa Singh Richa Singh January 4, 2014

    I read the post a while back. Getting chance to comment now. It is a beautiful plot. We have always read books where family heirlooms are pride or objects of love. this is so different. And come to think about it why not?They do reek of certain legacies we may not like or love… A beautiful read I am sure..

  5. Rainbow Hues Rainbow Hues January 4, 2014

    That seems to be a nice book. ‘Family legacies and family secrets’ exciting!
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  6. A Walk into the Woods A Walk into the Woods January 4, 2014

    Raw emotions.. as I read your review, Corinne, I got the feeling that only a brave heart can read this book. The emotional content, especially if its heavy on the sadder part.. is very tough to read for me. I am chiding myself about the 20 unread books in my collection… Like blogging, even books have somehow taken a back seat as I struggle with long hours at office.

    A good review, however, since you conveyed the gist in as few words as possible.

    PS: I am so proud I have actually expressed myself completely here..!!! 🙂 Blessings be for normalcy!! 😛 😛
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  7. Michelle Liew Michelle Liew January 4, 2014

    This is a must read for me. I know others with mental illness, and this book is completely relatable. Thanks for sharing this review!
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  8. Kathy Kathy January 4, 2014

    Thank you for the lovely review. It sounds like a great story that spans the generations. ♥
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  9. Dorothy Johnson Dorothy Johnson January 4, 2014

    Thanks for the review. It sounds like a moving story and reminds me of how beautiful things can become repugnant when associated with trauma or painful experiences.

  10. Ruchira Ruchira January 4, 2014

    Very useful information, Corinne.
    Did not know of such a site…will contact them for this book get away and also ask them for guidelines for my book 🙂

    Thank you!
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  11. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg January 3, 2014

    A very interesting and a different story! Must check it out sometimes!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | January 4, 2014

      It’s fantastic, Vidya. It’s given me so much food for thought – I sense another post coming of it! 😉
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