Historical Fiction

The Art of Love: The Origins of Sinner’s Grove

The Art Of Love by A.B. MichaelsWith nothing but a strong back and a barrel full of ambition, August Wolff finds wealth beyond measure in the frozen wilderness of the Klondike. Success, however, comes at an unbearably high price. Now Gus walks alone, and all the money in the world can’t buy him what he needs.

In the late 1800’s, when women are largely seen and not heard, Amelia Starling longs for a life limited only by her imagination. Blessed with abundant artistic talent and an even bigger heart, she dares to defy convention in order to help the ones she loves. Leaving scandal behind, she moves to the boomtown of San Francisco, hoping to make her mark in a man’s world, living with the pain of a sacrifice no woman should ever have to make.

Two wounded yet defiant individuals meet at the dawn of a new century. Finding connection through their pasts and a dream for the future, they discover a passion eclipsing all they’d ever known. Longing to build a life together, can they overcome the dictates of a society known for cruelty and spite?

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Author’s Note: The Art of Love tells the story of the couple who founded the fictional retreat depicted in my soon-to-be-released novel “Sinner’s Grove.” I love these two characters and I hope you enjoy reading The Art of Love as much as I enjoyed writing it!


The Depth of Beauty: A Sinner’s Grove Novel

TheDepthOfBeautyIn 1903 San Francisco’s Chinatown, slavery, polygamy, and rampant prostitution are thriving— just blocks away from the city’s elite, progressive society.

Wealthy and well-connected, Will Firestone enters the mysterious enclave with an eye toward expanding his shipping business. What he finds there will astonish him.  With the help of an exotic young widow and a gifted teenage orphan, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery, where lust, love and tragedy will change his life forever.

A stand-alone novel, The Depth of Beauty is the latest addition to the dual genre series, “Sinner’s Grove,” which chronicles the family and friends of a world-famous artists’ retreat on the northern California coast.  The stories follow both historical and contemporary tracks and can be read separately or together for greater depth.  Other titles in the series include the award-winning The Art of Love, Sinner’s Grove and The Lair.

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