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    Rebecca Anderson

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The Art of Love and Lies

by: Rebecca Anderson

A free-spirited artist teams up with a no-nonsense detective to capture a thief who has stolen a priceless Michaelangelo painting.

Manchester, England, 1857

Rosanna Hawkins is one of Manchester’s finest artists, even though no one knows her name. She reproduces “parlor versions” of classic masterpieces with near-perfect precision, which her employer then sells to the emerging upper-middle class families.

When the largest art exhibition ever to be held in England opens in Manchester, Rosanna is excited to visit. She meets the handsome Inspector Martin Harrison, who is head of security, and is immediately intrigued by his charm, confidence, and portrait-worthy good looks. The two spend many a flirtatious afternoon exploring the exhibition hall, discussing art, and sharing their secret hopes. Rosanna dreams of painting something original and meaningful, and Martin hopes to one day shed the shadow of his father’s notorious past.

But when they discover the theft of some of the paintings—and all the evidence points to Rosanna—she must convince Inspector Harrison she is innocent and proposes a plan to capture the real art thief.

It is a daring race to catch the criminal before he disappears with the most priceless piece in the collection—Michaelangelo’s The Manchester Madonna. If Rosanna and Inspector Harrison fail, not only will the painting be lost forever but so will their chance to paint their own happily ever after.

Meet the Author
This is Rebecca Anderson’s debut Victorian Romance. High school English teacher by day, writer by night (or very early morning), she loves hiking, Broadway shows, food, books, and movies. She is happily married and a mom to four above-average kids.
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About This Book

ISBN: 9781639931088
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publish Date: August 8, 2023
Page Count: 288

“An artist and inspector are on a mission to recover a stolen painting. Fun interplay. Rosanna and Martin are a winsome pair. The novel's pursuit scenes are thrilling, as is its intrigue around how Rosanna and Martin will get past his misconceptions about her. They learn to see the world anew through one another, even as they ask provocative questions about facts, truth, and forgiveness. And ebullient news clippings are included throughout the novel; in them, a gossip-prone journalist opines, critiques, and waxes poetic about the exhibition, informing and teasing out the story's developments. In the enchanting romance novel The Art of Love and Lies, an art thief can't prevent love from blooming.”
Foreword Reviews, starred review

“Exciting historical romance. A tender love story.”
Library Journal

“Appealing Victorian romance. The romantic escapades of this unlikely duo will keep readers eagerly turning pages. It's a chaste yet undeniably alluring romance.”
Publishers Weekly