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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. A 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…


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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. A 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…

30 review for The Art of Us

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hristina

    This one is a quick read filled with art facts and nice chemistry between the characters. It's really cute, and I loved the story (thanks to fanfiction, I have recently learned that I have a soft spot for characters who are/have been soldiers, that's what really got me to request this title). I think I might read some of Mrs. Wilson's other work in the near future. Pre-review notes: I requested this title on NetGalley and was allowed to read it. But they archived it soon after and I didn't manage t This one is a quick read filled with art facts and nice chemistry between the characters. It's really cute, and I loved the story (thanks to fanfiction, I have recently learned that I have a soft spot for characters who are/have been soldiers, that's what really got me to request this title). I think I might read some of Mrs. Wilson's other work in the near future. Pre-review notes: I requested this title on NetGalley and was allowed to read it. But they archived it soon after and I didn't manage to download it. The thing is though, I don't like having my feedback percentage at anything less than 100%, so I spent the last of my money on the kindle of this book. Let's see what we've got going on here.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amber Plant

    This book was enjoyable and a nice surprise. I'm still on the search for a "Hallmarky" book for December's book club. So I searched goodreads lists for Hallmark and found one that featured books made into Hallmark movies. This was one of them. If life hadn't gotten in the way I would have finished this in one day. It was fun and funny, with great characters and a good storyline. I would definitely pick up another Teri Wilson book! This book was enjoyable and a nice surprise. I'm still on the search for a "Hallmarky" book for December's book club. So I searched goodreads lists for Hallmark and found one that featured books made into Hallmark movies. This was one of them. If life hadn't gotten in the way I would have finished this in one day. It was fun and funny, with great characters and a good storyline. I would definitely pick up another Teri Wilson book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    BookSnuggle

    "The Art of Us" by Teri Wilson is the story of Harper Higgins and Tom Stone, Harper is an art history professor and a Vincent van Gogh scholar who is trying to secure her tenure. At the moment she is in desperate need of an artist. Harper and Tom collide into one another on a rainy night. Well, actually Harper collides into Tom. Harper finds out that Tom can paint really well and thinks that she has found the artist that can help her secure her tenure. Their troubles really begin when Harper tal "The Art of Us" by Teri Wilson is the story of Harper Higgins and Tom Stone, Harper is an art history professor and a Vincent van Gogh scholar who is trying to secure her tenure. At the moment she is in desperate need of an artist. Harper and Tom collide into one another on a rainy night. Well, actually Harper collides into Tom. Harper finds out that Tom can paint really well and thinks that she has found the artist that can help her secure her tenure. Their troubles really begin when Harper talks Tom into pretending he is a long-lost descendant of van Gogh. As the art show opening gets closer things get really confusing. I am not really into art so I wasn't sure that the book would keep my interest. Teri Wilson did a great job of getting the reader's attention right away and keeping it. She had me laughing at times and crying at times. This is a funny, sweet, and emotional story. The chemistry between Harper and Tom was so real. You could feel their emotions. I especially liked her dog Vincent. Vincent was a mess or more like it, he was making messes or getting into trouble. This is an excellent read! I look forward to reading other books by Teri Wilson; I received a copy of this book from Tule Publishing for an honest review. FYI, contains mature content.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shelagh

    Poignant and touching, The Art of Us is a glorious story of two broken people and their journey to healing, joy and fulfilment together. As you might expect from the title, art is at the heart of this novel. Author Teri Wilson has written a beautiful story about Harper, an art historian classically educated in the Arts and Tom, a war veteran who paints to help him through those nights when he can't sleep. Harper uses her qualifications and her position as an adjunct professor at the Boston Colleg Poignant and touching, The Art of Us is a glorious story of two broken people and their journey to healing, joy and fulfilment together. As you might expect from the title, art is at the heart of this novel. Author Teri Wilson has written a beautiful story about Harper, an art historian classically educated in the Arts and Tom, a war veteran who paints to help him through those nights when he can't sleep. Harper uses her qualifications and her position as an adjunct professor at the Boston College of the Arts to justify her worth after a failed relationship with an art critic who belittled her efforts to establish herself as a painter. Tom just wants to live his life on his boat with Gunner, his German Shepherd, who is also a war veteran. When Tom and Harper meet, it is friction at first sight. They irritate the heck out of each other yet later they both find it,hard to forget the encounter.I loved the interplay between these two characters, the way they were pulled to each other despite fighting hard against the attraction. If you've read this far you'll know that I'm pretty taken with this book. I couldn't stop reading it once I started and now I've finished I just want to go back and do it all over again. This book is a keeper.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Janine

    Two completely opposite people brought together by their love of art. Harper Higgins is up for a promotion. The success of a scheduled an art show is what she is depending on to help her get the job. When her artist suddenly ends up in jail, she scrambles to find a replacement. She soon finds out Tom Stone, a man she recently met, is an artist and she asks him to show his paintings in her show. Harper fabricates details about Tom's background to make him sound more interesting to impress her bos Two completely opposite people brought together by their love of art. Harper Higgins is up for a promotion. The success of a scheduled an art show is what she is depending on to help her get the job. When her artist suddenly ends up in jail, she scrambles to find a replacement. She soon finds out Tom Stone, a man she recently met, is an artist and she asks him to show his paintings in her show. Harper fabricates details about Tom's background to make him sound more interesting to impress her boss. Against his better judgment, Tom decides to go along with it to help Harper. Tom, an ex-soldier who lives on a boat in Boston Harbor and walks dogs for extra money, learned to paint while recovering in the hospital from an injury he received in Iraq. He paints as a hobby to relax and to forget. He had no intentions of ever showing his work to anyone until Harper came along. Will Harper and Tom be able to keep up with the story long enough to pull off the art show? This is an interesting and informative book. I admit I didn't know much about art before reading this book. The premise and book cover intrigued me. I thoroughly enjoyed Harper and Tom's story. It was a memorable romance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    This is a wonderfully written story that is filled with emotion. It had me laughing and crying, both happy tears and sad. Tom began painting as a form of therapy to deal with the issues he brought home from Iraq. Never does he expect to share his pictures with anyone much less with an art professor looking to display them in a show. Harper is desperate to find an artist to showcase. She needs this show to secure her tenure. Once she convinces him to give it a shot things really start to get twis This is a wonderfully written story that is filled with emotion. It had me laughing and crying, both happy tears and sad. Tom began painting as a form of therapy to deal with the issues he brought home from Iraq. Never does he expect to share his pictures with anyone much less with an art professor looking to display them in a show. Harper is desperate to find an artist to showcase. She needs this show to secure her tenure. Once she convinces him to give it a shot things really start to get twisted!! This is definitely a book I would recommend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Donnajo

    Read for honest opinion The Art of Us by a new to me author Teri Wilson. I really enjoyed this heart warming book once I got into it. Great character development and storyline. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author. Read for honest opinion The Art of Us by a new to me author Teri Wilson. I really enjoyed this heart warming book once I got into it. Great character development and storyline. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jen (chekherjoy)

    *I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway* Both Harper and Tom are closed off characters at the beginning of the book. Having the point of view from both characters' perspective goes along way in getting to know and like these characters. I ended up really loving both leads. Harper is serious professor who has her life planned out starting with the tenure job she wants. She's also really passionate about art. Tom is trying to start a new life after leaving the military where he served in Iraq. Tom *I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway* Both Harper and Tom are closed off characters at the beginning of the book. Having the point of view from both characters' perspective goes along way in getting to know and like these characters. I ended up really loving both leads. Harper is serious professor who has her life planned out starting with the tenure job she wants. She's also really passionate about art. Tom is trying to start a new life after leaving the military where he served in Iraq. Tom is trying to forgot the past through painting. At first they hate each other and think the other is rude and awful. It doesn't help that Harper's dog, Vincent, keeps running into Tom and injuring him. Harper's potential tenure job comes into question when the art show she's curating loses it's artist. She needs a new artist fast. When she and her dog keep running into Tom, Harper finds out he can paint. Really breath taking beautiful art. Harper needs a hook for the art show and Tom refuses to exploit his military service. Harper comes up with a plan to pass him off as a studied artist and descendant of Van Gogh. This book is has a Pygmalion (My Fair Lady) theme running through it as Harper tries to teach Tom everything he needs to know to play the artist. The descriptions of art and painting made me want to pick up a brush and paint myself, despite the fact that I'm not even slightly talented at painting. Some of the scenes get over the top as Harper and Tom both start waxing poetic about the other. Honestly this more a personal dislike of this writing style in romances in general and I have this problem with a lot of other Romances. Both characters have strong backstories that end up playing a part in the plot and relationship. Neither one trusts easily so it's not unbelievable that the side characters aren't as well developed. Except the dogs. Harper and Tom's dogs are amazing. I love the dogs. On the whole I really enjoyed this book. I kept going back and forth between a 3 and 4 star rating. Honestly my hang ups are with Romances in general and they aren't my typical reads. I can't blame the book for sticking to its genre.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf 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 misundersta Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf 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.*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Harper Higgins (what a great name!) is a reserved art history professor looking for tenure, until she literally bumps into soldier/dog-walker/artist Tom Stone and realizes she’s really looking for something more. Oooooh I just loved that Tom Stone. Talk about the perfect alpha … he’s an ex-soldier, doesn’t take crap from anyone, lives on a boat, doesn’t talk about his feelings but he HAS feelings, and shows his sensitive side when he’s supposed to. Harper is a pain in the neck who won’t get out Harper Higgins (what a great name!) is a reserved art history professor looking for tenure, until she literally bumps into soldier/dog-walker/artist Tom Stone and realizes she’s really looking for something more. Oooooh I just loved that Tom Stone. Talk about the perfect alpha … he’s an ex-soldier, doesn’t take crap from anyone, lives on a boat, doesn’t talk about his feelings but he HAS feelings, and shows his sensitive side when he’s supposed to. Harper is a pain in the neck who won’t get out of her head or out of her own way. But between her friends, her part time job teaching social art classes, and that handsome Tom Stone… well, Harper figures out a couple things that might do her some good. I liked the art discussions — I learned some fun facts! — as well as Frank’s flowers, the art classes (it’s a big thing where I live – go as a group to paint a picture while having a glass of wine), and the chemistry between Harper and Tom. The writing was fun and funny, even when addressing some serious issues. I even liked the villain, in that he tried to be tricky but really wasn’t smart enough to pull it off. As my teenager might say, “Oooh Lars, you just got burned.” The Art of Us is totally entertaining on many levels… https://randombookmuses.com/2017/03/1... NetGalley provided an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    Sweet bippity, y'all. I'm pretty sure I read a different book than 90% of the other reviewers. To start with, I think the author intends to give us a classic trope about a career woman who's wound too tight and needs to find the right man to help her loosen up. What she really gives us is an unintentional portrait of what a manic episode looks like. And I don't say that lightly or to be funny. I work in mental health and a lot of what we see this character do in the course of a month (e.g., (vie Sweet bippity, y'all. I'm pretty sure I read a different book than 90% of the other reviewers. To start with, I think the author intends to give us a classic trope about a career woman who's wound too tight and needs to find the right man to help her loosen up. What she really gives us is an unintentional portrait of what a manic episode looks like. And I don't say that lightly or to be funny. I work in mental health and a lot of what we see this character do in the course of a month (e.g., (view spoiler)[launch a grandiose plan to pass off a dog walker as an art expert and relative of a world-famous painter, quit her job, move a stranger into her house, marry said stranger, and start a business with her new husband (hide spoiler)] ) is very representative of what a manic episode can look like. On top of that, the two leads commit a crime by (view spoiler)[swindling people out of their money when they think they're buying the paintings of van Gogh's living relative (hide spoiler)] and then use those ill-gotten gains to (view spoiler)[start their own business (hide spoiler)] . That's criminal and I can't really root for characters whose romance feels uncomfortably close to mental illness or who base their happily ever after on a crime the author doesn't even acknowledge. I found this book through the Deck the Hallmark spinoff book club podcast and was excited about having a silly reading project to dive in to. If they're all this bad though, then oof. Big oof.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    "Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review" This book is very well written and a beautiful story about two damaged and lonely people finding love and redemption. I was totally enthralled by the fictional universe Teri Wilson creates with talent, humor, lyricism and sensuality. I specially loved the gorgeous wounded hero, a softie beneath a tough appearance, the dance of mouths, lips, smiles – the poetry, eroticism and suggestiveness of it – all the imagery around the flowers, "Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review" This book is very well written and a beautiful story about two damaged and lonely people finding love and redemption. I was totally enthralled by the fictional universe Teri Wilson creates with talent, humor, lyricism and sensuality. I specially loved the gorgeous wounded hero, a softie beneath a tough appearance, the dance of mouths, lips, smiles – the poetry, eroticism and suggestiveness of it – all the imagery around the flowers, the paintings, the art, etc. And, of course, I loved the dogs. Really good secondary characters too. Teri Wilson is a new author to me and now I really want to read her other books. I'm grateful to the author, Teri Wilson, the publisher, Tule Publishing, and NetGalley for providing a free copy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    T.E. Antonino

    I loved the storyline of this book. The characters of Tom Stone and Harper Higgins felt real to me, and I was invested in the outcome of their stories. I liked the artist's theme that ran through the whole book. The story felt real, like the author wrote about something that was from her experience or knew of some similar real life story. The story flows smoothly, and I stayed centered throughout the book. It was a pleasure to pick the "Art of Us" up every day. Happy Reading! I loved the storyline of this book. The characters of Tom Stone and Harper Higgins felt real to me, and I was invested in the outcome of their stories. I liked the artist's theme that ran through the whole book. The story felt real, like the author wrote about something that was from her experience or knew of some similar real life story. The story flows smoothly, and I stayed centered throughout the book. It was a pleasure to pick the "Art of Us" up every day. Happy Reading!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristal McKerrington

    This book is designed and meant to art lovers. The two characters are completely different from each other and a little broken in their own ways. http://kristalmckerringtons.blogspot.... This book is designed and meant to art lovers. The two characters are completely different from each other and a little broken in their own ways. http://kristalmckerringtons.blogspot....

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I enjoyed the characters in this story. It was sweet and kept my attention. Terri has a way of telling a great romantic story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Piepie

    Sweet, romantic, and passionate story revolving around art. I loved all the dogs! 🐾

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    Couldn’t finish. Too sappy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    George

    Wonderful storyline The book is even better than the Halkmark movie based on the book. Tom in the book is more fleshed out and believable than the movie version.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    First off, I love the cover of this book. It is absolutely perfect for this story. I was drawn to the gorgeous simplicity of the cover and requested a copy of it from NetGalley based on the cover alone, before I even realized I was familiar with the author of the book. The premise of this book was really funky, and I wasn't sure how it would work without being totally ridiculous when I read the blurb, but I was happily surprised by how much I actually enjoyed the story. As someone who wouldn't k First off, I love the cover of this book. It is absolutely perfect for this story. I was drawn to the gorgeous simplicity of the cover and requested a copy of it from NetGalley based on the cover alone, before I even realized I was familiar with the author of the book. The premise of this book was really funky, and I wasn't sure how it would work without being totally ridiculous when I read the blurb, but I was happily surprised by how much I actually enjoyed the story. As someone who wouldn't know a Picasso from a paint-by-number (but who loves Bob Ross and thinks Harper should have worn the afro), I will admit to skimming a few times when Harper went on one of her art rambles, and to not being able to follow all of the art references that were made. Whenever an art piece was referenced that seemed important to the story but I wasn't familiar with – which was more often than I should probably admit - I would have to stop reading and do a web search to find out what painting the character was talking about. While it was a tad frustrating at times to have to break off from the book, I now know the name of the artist who painted “Nighthawks”, and what Dadaism is. This is the second book of Teri Wilson's that I have read, and one of the things that she does incredibly well is adding both obvious and subtle humor in her writing. I found myself both chuckling, and laughing out loud more than once while I read which is something that I love in a book. Another thing that she does well is create the kind of chemistry between two people that makes a reader's pulse pound. Despite the fact that I often found myself frowning at Harper, the chemistry that coursed between Tom and Harper was absolutely incredible. The slow burn, sexual tension was palpable at times and I absolutely loved it. Oh God, Yes. Full disclosure: I was not a fan of Harper for a good portion of this book. She was fine, I guess, but her art-snob personality and her single-minded selfishness didn't make her incredibly likable. BUT. That said, she definitely got better, and I loved who she became at the end of the book. (B eing vague on purpose so as not to spoil anything.) Her gesture to Tom before the art show was so sweet, and the fact that she was thinking so much about Tom as a person instead of a tool to her success showed incredible emotional growth on her part, but the art show really sealed the deal for me. Tom was such a great character. He was a complex mix of sweet and surly, and even though he was helping Harper perpetrate a con on people, he still had this underlying goodness about him. He was doing it solely to help out a woman who at that point, frankly, didn't really deserve his help because that's the kind of guy that he is. Yes, he needed money, but he could have gotten it by walking more dogs, he didn't have to help her out. That he did spoke a lot to his character. I loved his backstory, and his relationship with Gunner made my heart melt. This book is very art-term/facts heavy. If you're like me and know nothing about art, it might feel a little overwhelming (and Harper's snotty attitude about art might be a tad off-putting), but the story-line itself is really interesting, and it is full of both tremendous humor, and undeniable heat. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about opposites attracting, anyone who loves a good kind-of-friends-to-lovers story, or anyone who loves stories based around the art world.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Croucier

    An emotion-filled story that will make you laugh and bring tears to your eyes. Harper Higgins is still trying to find her way in life, she loves art and painting, and wants to share that love. Unfortunately, her ex-boyfriend, also an art critic, gave her first show a less than stellar review, so now all her hopes are pinned on winning the full-time professorship at the college where she teaches part-time. She figures she has it won with the Art exhibit she curating until the "artist" is arrested An emotion-filled story that will make you laugh and bring tears to your eyes. Harper Higgins is still trying to find her way in life, she loves art and painting, and wants to share that love. Unfortunately, her ex-boyfriend, also an art critic, gave her first show a less than stellar review, so now all her hopes are pinned on winning the full-time professorship at the college where she teaches part-time. She figures she has it won with the Art exhibit she curating until the "artist" is arrested, leaving her with no show. When she finds out her dog walker can paint well, she hatches a plan and finally convinces him to go along with it. Tom, a war veteran, only wants to walk dogs and live on his boat. While in rehab, he discovered painting and spends his evenings painting as a way to forget. He definitely doesn't need to get involved with the crazy dog that ran him over, nor the dog's snooty owner. Tom finally agrees to the plan when he realizes he needs the money to winterize his boat, or he will be homeless. Both these characters are broken, in different ways, and are trying to find their way. When Harper's crazy plan brings them together, they slowly start to find their way and are able to think of someone other than themselves. This was an extremely well-written story. The characters make you root for them and the addition of the art information is interesting and not overwhelming. It fits the story and you don't feel like you are being taught. The biggest question is whether these two will find what truly makes them happy, and is it what they thought it would be? *I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    The Art of Us by Teri Wilson 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 The Art of Us by Teri Wilson 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… this is Harper and Tom's story. Harper Higgins,is an art history professor and Vincent van Gogh scholar. Harper and Tom meet when she collides with him carrying a basket of violets on a rainy night in Boston. Tom is a ex-soldier who uses art therapy to help heal his wounds. Tom Stone was Vincent’s new dog walker. The Art of Us by Teri Wilson is a wonderful well written book. I highly recommend reading. I am looking forward to reading more books by Teri Wilson. The Art of Us by Teri Wilson is a 4 stars book. Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    The Art of Us was an introduction for me to Teri Wilson’s work. It started out as okay for me but by the end it began a delight. I think this is because I wasn’t taken with the female lead in the beginning of this book but agreed with Tom that Harper was snobby and pretentious. Like Tom’s opinion of her changed as the story progressed so did mine. Tom remained the one constant for me; a hero, healing in the only way he knew. That Harper could help him in the progress is probably the biggest surp The Art of Us was an introduction for me to Teri Wilson’s work. It started out as okay for me but by the end it began a delight. I think this is because I wasn’t taken with the female lead in the beginning of this book but agreed with Tom that Harper was snobby and pretentious. Like Tom’s opinion of her changed as the story progressed so did mine. Tom remained the one constant for me; a hero, healing in the only way he knew. That Harper could help him in the progress is probably the biggest surprise of all in what became an emotionally poignant story. The author does not rush the plot or the relationship between Harper and Tom. At times, it felt like a slow read but looking back on the book once I had finished it, I can’t see how the events could have played out any other way than the pace that the author set. Besides Tom and Harper, I enjoyed the supporting characters especially the loyalty of Lindsay. Vincent and Gunner, the dogs were simply wonderful. While there is a lot of art talk in this novel it is the insight into the characters that kept me reading. The publisher provided a copy for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura D

    Harper is an art professor at the local college and she teaches paint and wine parties on the side. After having tried her hand at being an artist, she is now hoping to get the full time professor job that just opened up. Tom paints at night when he can't sleep. His memories from his time in the military keep him awake. Both of them are very guarded and non-trusting. They meet by accident and they instantly fight their mutual attraction. Eventually they discover what makes the other the way they Harper is an art professor at the local college and she teaches paint and wine parties on the side. After having tried her hand at being an artist, she is now hoping to get the full time professor job that just opened up. Tom paints at night when he can't sleep. His memories from his time in the military keep him awake. Both of them are very guarded and non-trusting. They meet by accident and they instantly fight their mutual attraction. Eventually they discover what makes the other the way they are. In gaining this knowledge of the past, they gain mutual respect for each other. This is a story about letting your guard down and taking a chance on another person and yourself. I really enjoyed this story. Great read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vee Stojcevski

    Artwarming A wonderful story! Harper and Tom literally bump into each other on the street. Well Harper's dog Vincent bumps into Tom and bowls him over. 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 a Artwarming A wonderful story! Harper and Tom literally bump into each other on the street. Well Harper's dog Vincent bumps into Tom and bowls him over. 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!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Jensen

    A thoroughly enjoyable book. Harper Higgins is now a Art Historian working two jobs. She was an artist until she had bad reviews and then she quit. She accidentally meets Tom Stone an ex-soldier. When she sees his paintings she feels that she has been saved, as the artist she had lined up for the big art show ended up in jail. She pretends that he is a known artist, to justify her decision to showcase him for the art show, to her boss. There is passion and romance I received this book for free th A thoroughly enjoyable book. Harper Higgins is now a Art Historian working two jobs. She was an artist until she had bad reviews and then she quit. She accidentally meets Tom Stone an ex-soldier. When she sees his paintings she feels that she has been saved, as the artist she had lined up for the big art show ended up in jail. She pretends that he is a known artist, to justify her decision to showcase him for the art show, to her boss. There is passion and romance I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    A beautifully written, emotional story that will have you laughing one minute, sad another and happy the next. Harper has a goal of becoming a tenured assistant art professor. She just needs to make the upcoming exhibition happen with no glitches. Tom is taking one day at a time. His past has been painful but hopefully the little things he is doing will brighten his future. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Runner10

    I absolutely loved this story. Harper and Tom both have a load of baggage keeping the, from happiness. Tom struggles with life after the military. Harper believes she must get a promotion at work to be happy. They have a wonderful chemistry that keeps the reader turning the page. This is my first book to read by Teri Wilson. I will definitely be reading more of her books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paula Pugh

    I honestly cannot say enough about this story. I simply adored it because of the way thewords flowed so excellently that I really felt that the essence of the art flowed into the text. There was beauty in every line, paragraph and chapter. This is a story that will go into my reread shelf to be taken out and enjoyed again.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    This story was such a delight to read. I loved the art theme and it almost made me wish that I could paint or at least join an art class. It was very well written with believable characters and just such a lovely romance story. It was like reading a painting. A delight to look at from first to last pencil stroke.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mel T

    LOVED this story! Very well written! This book has everything - humor, angst, romance, tastefully done sex scenes - not too explicit but not too "sweet" either. I will be looking for more of Teri Wilson's books! LOVED this story! Very well written! This book has everything - humor, angst, romance, tastefully done sex scenes - not too explicit but not too "sweet" either. I will be looking for more of Teri Wilson's books!

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