Harper Higgins, art history professor and Vincent van Gogh scholar, doesn’t need a man. She needs an artist. Fast. The art show she’s counting on to secure her tenure is in trouble.
So when she collides with a ruggedly handsome man carrying a basket of violets on a rainy night in Boston, she thinks she’s found her miracle. Cynical, brooding ex-soldier Tom Stone can paint. And he’s quite good. He just needs Harper’s artistic touch.
But once she talks him into pretending he’s a long-lost descendant of van Gogh, the trouble really begins. As the art opening draws near, their identities—both real and imagined—hang in the balance. The student becomes the master as Tom teaches Harper that passion is its own work of art…
Stand Alone Title
Title: The Art of Us
Author: Teri Wilson
Published: March 8, 2016
My Rating: 4 stars
The old adage of opposites attract could not possibly be more true for Harper and Tom. One an art historian, somewhat uptight and almost desperate to never be shown to make mistakes or admit to human frailties. The other a war veteran simply getting through the days, using his natural talents as an artist to ease the mental ravages and memories of war. Their paths might never have crossed except for a rainy day, an escaping one-eared dachshund and several misunderstandings.
The Art of Us gives us two wounded people who while opposites in many things share one passion – art. When Harper’s scheduled showing of an artist’s work is in upheaval because of the artist’s arrest, not to mention her chance at tenure she comes up with an incredibly, unusual idea to save the day. Now she simply has to convince Tom to go along with it. What neither expected was to find a far different type of love… one that was worth all the risks, and might just be the saving grace for them both.
Not all wounds are on the surface to easily see and identify with, some are hidden deep and take courage and support to ease that particular pain. Tom and Harper are a delightful couple who shouldn’t work but they do, their chemistry is off the wall and their banter is a form of romantic dueling at times. The Art of Us is a heartbreaking and a heartwarming romance that takes us along on this couple’s journey to a happier life together. With tears and laughter, hurts and healing Tom and Harper will overcome so much and find exactly what they each need – that healing love of the just right for them person.
I completely enjoyed my time in this world, and would not hesitate to recommend this story to any Romance reader. It’s a touching, funny, charming journey that you’ll want to share.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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