Love’s Portrait – A delicious slow burn workplace romance

Laughing tipsy on the floor, their legs entwined, and their hearts tangled up in each other.

Love's Portrait by Anna Larner. A slow burn romance. A delicious blend of historical and contemporary romance. Two love stories centuries apart. Lesbian and Sapphic Romance at its best.
Two love stories centuries apart.

Book Blurb

Newly appointed art curator Molly Goode is committed to diversifying her museum’s collection. When Georgina Wright, the museum’s aloof benefactor, asks for Molly’s help in identifying the provenance of a 19th century portrait of social activist Josephine Brancaster, Molly welcomes the opportunity, even if it means spending time with the standoffish financier. But passions soon flare as the women uncover the heartbreaking story of doomed lesbian love behind the watercolor painted by Josephine’s lover, Edith Hewitt.

As their love blossoms, Molly is determined to display Edith’s portrait of Josephine and to tell their story in the museum, but she needs the influential Georgina to help convince the board. When an unforeseen twist in the painting’s provenance forces Georgina to confront her own painful past, will history repeat itself, or can Molly and Georgina’s love prevail?

Inspiration From Real-life

In November 2017, I attended a writing workshop exploring the work of 19th Century Leicester campaigners, Elizabeth Heyrick and Susanna Watts who inspired the fictional Edith and Josephine. The historic city of Leicester and New Walk Museum inspired the fictional settings in Love’s Portrait, and you can wander in the footsteps of my characters on this Love’s Portrait virtual walking tour. And to wet your appetite here’s an extract from the first chapter.


Links To Buy


Foreword Indies Book of the Year Finalist.

This story was absolutely wonderful. The characters were dynamic and engaging, the romance was sweet and awesome and perfectly paced. Just all around a great book, I enjoyed every second of it. – Rainbow Award

Dreamy and genteel, moody and quietly romantic, this one made me deliriously happy from beginning to end. Beyond ticking off my favorite boxes of beautiful writing, just enough angst, sharply smart women and did I mention gorgeous scenes carved out by words that are both lyrical and strikingly visual, the book struck me to my core. – Jules

It’s not too much of a leap to say that, if Jane Austen was writing lesbian romance fiction today, she might have come up with something akin to ‘Love’s Portrait’! – KENRIC Book Club

I loved it, it’s got a bit of class and a gentle pace that curls around you. – Clare Lydon, Lesbian Romance Author

Oh my. What a wonderful, wonderful book. It’s beautifully written. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. It’s insightful, heartbreaking, and sweet. Absolutely a must-read. – Len

Also check out the reviews and recommendations of my books by Gscene magazine, DIVA magazine, women.com, Kitty Kat’s Book Blog, Rainbow Literary Society, LezReviewBooks, Omnivore Bibliosaur, Best Lesfic Reviews, From Bella to Ylva.


Love’s Portrait

Publication Date: April 2019

ISBN-13 978-1-63555-058-0 ebook

ISBN-13 978-1-63555-057-3 paperback