Publisher Description

Your Journey to The Golden City begins here…


A gripping tale of social morality, mystery and second chances in turn-of-the century San Francisco, The Art of Love will take you on an unforgettable journey from the last frontier of the Klondike to the new Sodom and Gomorrah of its time - Welcome to The Golden City.

After digging a fortune from the frozen fields of the Klondike, August Wolff heads south to the “Golden City” of San Francisco, hoping to put the unsolved disappearance of his wife and daughter behind him. The turn of the twentieth century brings him even more success, but the distractions of a place some call the new Sodom and Gomorrah can’t fill the gaping hole in his life.

Amelia Starling is a wildly talented artist caught in the straightjacket of Old New York society. Making a heart-breaking decision, she moves to San Francisco to further her career, all the while living with the pain of a sacrifice no woman should ever have to make. 

Through the art world, Gus and Lia connect as two damaged yet resilient souls. But the past, shrouded in mystery, prevents the two of them from finding a way forward. Unwilling to lead what she considers an immoral lifestyle, Lia leaves San Francisco and vows to begin again in Europe. 

The Golden City offers everything a man could wish for except the answers Gus is desperate to find. But find them he must, or he and Lia have no chance at all.

The Art of Love has earned the following awards:

A Notable Indie Book of 2014

Silver Ippy Award

New Apple Medalist

Editor’s Choice – Idaho Book Awards

The Art of Love is Book One in A.B.Michaels' historical fiction series "The Golden City." Other titles in the series include The Depth of Beauty, The Promise, The Price of Compassion and Josephine's Daughter.

All titles in this series are stand-alone reads.

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May 4
Red Trumpet Press
Louise Berlin

Customer Reviews

sandy 400 ,

Excellent book

I really enjoyed this well written book. It combined many interesting things from the history of this time and illustrated what life could have been like under the circumstances due to the events and opinions then. It’s a very realistically told story that’s hard to put down.

jdt_s ,

Historical novel of San Francisco during Goldrush times

This is a novel by a CA writer who now lives in IDaho. The historic aspects seem accurate in regard to architectural locations, events, historic figures. I recognized Muir Woods as a location just from the description of it. I spent lots of time there when I lived in CA. She has several books in this series and I will likely sample them all eventually.

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