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The Art of Us Paperback – March 6, 2016
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I'm not going to spoil the rest of the story, but I fell in love with Harper and Tom's interactions throughout the book, and when I had finished the last page, I was only disappointed that it was over! There are some very good plot twists, and it keeps you engaged the whole time. It also featured some of my favorite artists throughout the story, like Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, and my favorite mention -- Bob Ross!
I really can't recommend this book enough; I'll be buying a paperback copy when it appears in my local bookstore so I can pass it around to my little circle of fellow book enthusiasts!
Teri has become one of my favorites, and I'm glad I waited to give this story the attention it deserved and BEFORE watching the Hallmark adaptation. I know it won't be nearly as good, but what movie ever is?
Harper Higgins is your extremely independent and control freak of a female protagonist out to get a promotion at the college she works in part time. But like the synopsis says, she needs an artist for the show she's curating and the antagonist (Lars who also wants the promotion) off her back. Fate, and her one eared dachshund Vincent (yes named after Van Gogh..clever with the one ear right??) provide Harper with a veteran of the war in Iraq in Tom Stone. Though he seems to have an affinity with flowers, it actually is an instrument for a way to cope with his demons from the war and his youth...the flowers are (slight spoiler alert) used for his art. Which is why fate provided Harper with a solution to her problem.
I'm going to go off on a tangent and once again speak of how beautifully and charmingly Teri writes dogs in her stories. Aside from the love scenes, the dogs are what I look forward to reading about. It's expected, but each story offers a unique twist.
Ok back on track...Tom Stone. While he and Harper disagree on many things, they really are similar in personality. They both have pasts that have shaped their personalities and they both need each other for either monetary gain or prestige. So in comes the Pygmalion/ My Fair Lady aspect of the story, in which Tom now is another person entirely but one thing that remains the same is his artistic talent.
Tom definitely sacrificed more of himself in this story, and I found myself loving this character. His vulnerability and human persona have made him a favorite male character for me, dare I say up there with the legendary Mr. Darcy and the equally brooding and sexy Gabriel Emerson? So much masculinity...swoon.
I'm glad Tom loosened Harper up. She was frustrating me as much as she was Tom. But in the end, they both found the inner beauty, the inner masterpiece in each other, and what we are left with is a romantic story that I'll certainly read over and over again.
The tempestuous relationship was so exciting to read and loads of fun. Tom really grated on Harper's or Doc's nerves. I thoroughly enjoyed the passion Harper and Tom had tucked away so deeply that they had forgotten how to enjoy life, until they found each other.
Great story line that had me hooked. Lars was an evil villain but luckily didn't do any permanent damage.
The descriptiveness was beautiful. I enjoyed learning more about art myself during this journey. The ending couldn't have been more romantic. Highly recommended read!
I highly recommend this book. However the Hallmark movie (especially the ending) is a huge disappointment.
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