The Art of Healing – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Jeanne Felfe

In Jeanne Felfe’s The Art of Healing, Julianne is devastated by her husband’s infidelity and the eventual demise of their marriage. Meanwhile, photographer Jokob is still reeling from his wife’s tragic death, turning only to his art for comfort. When the two meet at a gallery of Jokob’s work, sparks fly, giving them both an opportunity to heal themselves and each other with new love.

Despite being an excellent story, The Art of Healing seems to be quite disorganized. The plot jumps between characters’ perspectives haphazardly and without reason, and the large skips in the timeline seem nonsensical and almost confusing. Granted, the plot is still interesting enough to carry the reader through to the end regardless, but more careful organization would benefit this novel greatly. Aside from that, there’s no denying that The Art of Healing is a truly fantastic romance novel in every way.

Jeanne Felfe has quite the talent for writing a believable romance with substance; The Art of Healing is not a “love at first sight” story, nor is it superficial or overly cliché. Rather, the characters are well-written and wholly human, making them relatable and interesting in the way a dear friend or beloved family member would be. Their romance is wholesome and genuine, resulting in a romance novel that is truly captivating and a pleasure to read. The Art of Healing is wonderfully real, guaranteed to tug at readers’ heartstrings and give them a romance worth rooting for.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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