The Art of Love

The Art of Love

by A.B. Michaels

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Your Journey to The Golden City begins here...


A tale of mystery, social morality and second chances during America's Gilded Age, The Art of Love will take you on an unforgettable journey from the last frontier of the Yukon Territory to the new Sodom and Gomorrah of its time - the boomtown of San Francisco.

After digging a fortune from the frozen fields of the Klondike, August Wolff heads south to the "Golden City," hoping to put the unsolved disappearance of his wife and daughter behind him. The turn of the twentieth century brings him even more success, but the distractions of a hedonistic mecca can't fill the gaping hole in his life.

Amelia Starling is a wildly talented artist caught in the straightjacket of Old New York society. Making a heart-breaking decision, she moves to San Francisco to further her career, all the while living with the pain of a sacrifice no woman should ever have to make.

Brought together by the city's flourishing art scene, Gus and Lia forge a rare connection. But the past, shrouded in mystery, prevents the two of them from moving forward as one. Unwilling to face society's scorn, Lia leaves the city and vows to begin again in Europe.

The Golden City offers everything a man could wish for except the answers Gus is desperate to find. But find them he must, or he and Lia have no chance at all.

The Art of Love has earned the following awards:

A Notable Indie Book of 2014
Silver Ippy Award
New Apple Medalist
Editor's Choice – Idaho Book Awards

The Art of Love is Book One in A.B. Michaels' historical fiction series "The Golden City." Other titles in the series include The Depth of Beauty, The Promise, The Price of Compassion and Josephine's Daughter.

The story continues into present day with Michaels' contemporary series "Sinner's Grove Suspense," featuring descendants of characters from "The Golden City." Books include Sinner's Grove, The Lair, and The Jade Hunters.

All of A.B. Michaels' titles are stand-alone reads.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940151101462
Publisher: Red Trumpet Press
Publication date: 05/04/2014
Series: The Golden City , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 1,771
File size: 570 KB

About the Author

A native of California, A.B. Michaels holds masters’ degrees in history (UCLA) and broadcasting (San Francisco State University). After working for many years as a promotional writer and editor, she decided it was time to focus on writing the kind of fiction she likes to read. The writer and her husband now live in Boise, Idaho. On any given day you might see them on the golf course, the bocce court, or walking their four-legged “sons” along the Boise River. More than likely, however, you’ll find Ms. Michaels hard at work on her next book.

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The Art of Love (Origins of Sinner's Grove) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Dennis McKaskle 15 days ago
A.B. Michaels wrote an indepth story of a Yukon miner, Gus and an artist, Amelia. The story is complicated and had a real plot. There. are adult situations but no explicit sex scenes. I found Mattie a weak character, but she was just very young. I found the various story lines interesting. I recommend this to adultreaders.
Cindy faulk 12 days ago
Awesome, I loved it
Anonymous 3 months ago
Totally ridiculous plot. I couldn’t finish this one!
Karen Fouche 3 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the Yukon to NYC to San Francisco set at the turn of the last century. Engaging with a beautiful love story.
Judy Miller 4 months ago
engaging plot and good character development. recommended reading.
McDr 4 months ago
Enjoyed this book very much.
Barbara House 4 months ago
The protagonist was very likable and strong. Her actions at the beginning of the book were rather unbelievable for the time, place and her situation. It also strained belief that Pinkertons could not find Gus's wife and daughter. Otherwise it was a lovely story. The characters were likable. It also had a happy ending. Reading this book was a nice escape.