The Art of Falling in Love by J.D.Thompson
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (82 pages)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fennel
Julia Ramsey, an art restoration technician with Art Revived, has a weakness for coffee, beautiful art, and widowed Darius Holcombe. Her attraction doesn't seem to be returned, however, and she self-consciously chalks it up to her plus-sized frame.
Darius Holcombe is finally starting to think about another woman for the first time since his wife passed away. Unfortunately, he doesn't quite know what to do about it. Julia Ramsey is smart, gorgeous, and way out of his league.
A relationship seems hopeless until Julia meets Imogene and Herbert who offer sage advice and a little push in Darius' direction. The trouble is they're figures in an 18th century painting she's restoring--a painting with a haunted past.
The Art of Falling in Love is a delightfully light-hearted paranormal romance. It is short and sweet and at times unrealistic, but then of course it is a paranormal.
J. D. Thompson’s writing is ‘bouncy’ for want of a better word.
Julia Ramsey, the author’s heroine is a down-to-earth kind of girl, easy to get along with and compassionate for friends who’ve suffered tragedy.
Darius Holcombe, a work colleague, fits that bill, but beyond the general office acknowledgements neither have spent much time in each others’ company. Not, that is, until their boss pairs them up to work together on the restoration of a painting he recently bought.
Ms. Thompson easily takes her readers into the minds of her characters and when ‘things’ begin to happen that cannot be rationally explained it didn’t take long for this reader to share the emotions of the author’s heroine, Julia.
If I had a nit with this story, it was the way Darius took off from work for hours on end without explanation. But that is a very small nit, when otherwise all the other characters played their parts so well and moved the story forward.
The author’s writing style is vivid and each scene, for me was easy to ‘see’.
If you enjoy light paranormal romance with an unusual if not unexpected twist, then this is a book to consider. If you are looking for a short and light-hearted romance you can read in one sitting, then The Art of Falling in Love should fit the bill.