The artist’s daughter

There’s something magically delicious about entering a story, when you get lost in the setting, the sights and smells, the delightful word play that sharpens the focus as you imagine the story unfold in your mind. And when that great story can help you live a better story of your own? Even better.

The Artist’s Daughter is Alexandra Kuykendall‘s story of how she grew up a nomad with her single mother in the 80s, traveling between the U.S., Italy, and Spain—and how she first met her Spanish father at eight years old.

From there, she regales personal stories of disappointment and surprise in her father, what it was like to live life in the States while he lived a different one in Europe, and how this significant relationship has affected her up till now, as an adult with a family of her own.

the artist's daughter

Alexandra bravely delights in motherhood and in being a wife, learning how to make friends, live in new locations, and cultivate her gifts—all in the backdrop of being the child of a eccentric Spanish father and a loving American mom.

I love the questions her book poses: Am I lovable? Am I loved? And am I loving?

Her first book is her own story, and it’s a beautifully-told one. Turning the pages means getting permission to travel through France, walk cobblestoned Spanish streets, and set up grown-up lives in Colorado and Oregon. And the end left me delightfully hanging, wanting to know what happened with her father’s will.

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This book is a great summer read that’s both a good story and a good thinker. Who defines us? Why do we matter? And what do we choose to do when life is less than ideal?


Ten readers will win a copy of Alex’s book, The Artist’s Daughter! To enter to win, leave any comment on this post. (If you’re reading this via email, please click over to the post to comment.)

The giveaway has now ended. We’ll announce the winners soon!

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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Thanks for passing this along! I have really loved your other book suggestions, Tsh! It’s going on my to read list.

  2. It’s on my list to read! I’d love ot win. 🙂

  3. Natalie O. says:

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book. Curious to read it! Thanks.

  4. kirsten says:

    Yes, please! I love a good memoir.

  5. Always looking for new good reads, thanks for the giveaway Tsh!

  6. Mariann R says:

    This is the kind of book I like to read on slow relaxing Sunday.

  7. This sounds like a beautiful book – I love reading others’ stories. Going right on my wish list!

  8. The link is broken that carries email users to the actual post- but I got here 😉 & am excited to pick up the book at some point this summer 😉

  9. I love a good summer read–this looks like it would be a good one!

  10. It looks like a great read! Thanks for the review.

  11. Sounds like a great read, and a wonderful addition to my line up of memoirs to read this summer! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway (:

  12. Will definitely be reading this book, whether I win it or not. A (true life) story I can so relate too.

  13. Sounds great! Can’t wait to read it!!

  14. It sounds like such an intriguing book. I would love to read it this summer! Thanks for the chance.

  15. Kelli W says:

    This looks like a fantastic read! I ‘m plowing through my summer reading list and this would be a fantastic addition!

  16. Sounds like a great summer read!

  17. Sounds like a great read

  18. Amanda Rose says:

    I would love to read this book. I’m working on having some “Me” time. I haven’t been able to read a book in almost 8 years (since my oldest daughter was born). It looks like it would be a very good book.

  19. I think it sounds super interesting and a great summer read.

  20. Sounds like my kind of book!

  21. Sounds like a wonderful story. I’d love to win, but if I don’t, it’s definitely a book I’ll be looking for!

  22. I would love to read this. Am a new mom and struggling how to be a mom and work. I wonder if this book would give me a different perspective.

  23. I would love to read this! I’m a new mama and am looking for some clarity about working and being a mom. Hoping to get some insight about mothering…

  24. Looks like a food read!

  25. Hope I win

  26. Katherine says:

    I love memoirs, and this looks like a good one.

  27. Thanks for the recommendation! I love travel books AND memoirs! Putting this on my list.

  28. I’d love to read this! Thanks for the opportunity.

  29. I’d LOVE a copy!

  30. I’d make time to read this one. I have 3 littles, so not much reading for ME going on, but this seems like a wonderful book. I’d love to win one.

  31. Elizabeth Spencer says:

    It sounds like a wonderful book! I would love to read it!!!!

  32. Jane A. says:

    Looks like a great read!

  33. allison says:

    would love to add this to my summer reading collection!

  34. This sounds like a wonderful book, I would love to win a copy! Thank you for your review 🙂

  35. Megan Mattinson says:

    Wow! Looks so good. Nothing like a new book in the summertime.

  36. Adrienne says:

    I need a good read for the beach! This sounds like a beautiful story.

  37. Sounds like a GREAT TCK (third-culture-kid) book! Can’t wait to read it!

  38. Melissa K says:

    I’d love a new book, and it sounds like one I’d really enjoy!

  39. Thanks for the great review and interview. I definitely want to read this one!

  40. Love memoirs!

  41. Sounds like a fab read a copy. x

  42. Sounds like a great book! I love a good memoir!

  43. This sounds like a lovely story!

  44. I would enjoy this book!

  45. I love great books! Even if I don’t win it, I think I’ll be reading it!

  46. Sounds quite interesting. I’m always looking for good book recommendations. Thanks for the chance!

  47. Would love to read this and share with my MOPS moms!!

  48. I would love to read this book and enjoyed the short video clip

  49. Tabatha Carr says:

    Complete relate. I didn’t meet my dad til I was 28.

  50. This sounds like a wonderful read!!

  51. Michelle says:

    This sounds like a great book club pick. I’d love to read it!

  52. Stephanie says:

    Sounds like my kind of read and I’d love to win 🙂

  53. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Sounds like an intriguing book. I’ll be looking for it at the library if I don’t win!

  54. Sounds like an interesting book! I would love to win!

  55. Would love to read this

  56. Paula Romer says:

    Thanks for offering this giveaway, Tsh. Memoirs are one of my favorite book genre.. Especially when they have inspiring life-lessons. I would love to read it. Sounds like a fascinating journey.

  57. This book sounds wonderful and intoxicating. I would love, love, love to read it!!

  58. Sounds like a great summer read! Thanks for the review.

  59. Thought provoking. I am curious.

  60. Always looking for a good book, and this one sounds great!

  61. I’d love to win this, sounds like a great read for my book club!

  62. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the suggestion and for the giveaway!

  63. This looks like a great book! Thanks for bringing it to our attention. It’s on my must-read list.

  64. this could be just what I need! fingers crossed 😀

  65. Sounds like a very interesting read. Thanks for having it as a giveaway.

  66. Would love to win! Thanks!

  67. Love the premise and questions of this book. Sounds like a fabulous mix of self-discovery and culture! I’d love a copy 🙂

  68. Sounds lovely! Definitely on my “to read” list.

  69. Courtney B. says:

    Sounds like a great read! Hope I win.

  70. Laurie Tubbs says:

    I just finished it, and it is a really, really good book. If I happen to win, I will give it to a friend!

  71. I would love to read this! I recognize her from MOPs!

  72. Kristin Thomas says:

    Wow! I would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds fantastic!

  73. I absolutely loved this book! I took it to the beach with me and couldn’t put it down until I was finished! Really enjoyed it and related to it a lot!

  74. A perfect summer read – yes, please,

  75. Sounds fascinating. Thanks for the recommendation!

  76. Lisagrace Alsbury says:

    I would love to win this book. I love a good story about a woman’s journey through this strange life we live. Thanks for the recommendation!

  77. Oh I’d love to win! <3

  78. Who doesn’t need a good summer read? I think even my teen daughter would like this one 🙂

  79. This is on my summer reading list! I’d love to win this book!

  80. Stacey K says:

    Sounds like a worthy read. Thank you for the review!

  81. My friend read it and said it was wonderful.

  82. While I have already ordered this book for myself, I would love to win one to share with other moms in our MOPS group!!

  83. Sounds like a great book! I love reading about real people with lives vastly different from my own. I’ll be adding this to my amazon wish list so I can buy it in the likelihood I don’t win it. 😉 Thanks for sharing it!

  84. Looks like a great read! Definitely going to my reading list.

  85. Sounds wonderful–as someone who grew up in a small town, blue collar family, I love the chance to visit with those who led a completely different life. Thanks for the chance to win!

  86. Her story sounds so interesting. I would love to read it! Thank you for sharing through the MOPS network. Such a great way to get the word out about this book!

  87. I keep reading about this book on our MOPS website and I have added it to my “Read Soon” list. It sounds like a wonderful book to read and I cannot wait to enjoy it!

  88. Can’t wait to read this book!

  89. Sounds like a really great read. I’m in!

  90. Would love to win! Our library doesn’t have a copy!

  91. Jenn McNeel says:

    I’m always looking for new books to read and this looks like a great one 🙂

  92. I’d love a copy. It sounds fabulous and intrigues me!

  93. Sounds like a great book!

  94. I would love to win/read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  95. Amanda B. says:

    This is definitely going on my summer reading list. Thank you for the recommendation!

  96. I think my summer reading list is getting too long, but this sounds great!

  97. sounds like a fascinating read.. thank you for the giveaway : )

  98. This sounds like a great summer read. Thank you for the chance to win.

  99. Ooh! I am in need of a good read for summer. This sounds like it would be perfect.

  100. Kimberly Monaghan says:

    Am I lovable? Am I loved? And am I loving? (Aren’t these questions that we all ask?) Will be reading this!!