Tulia Rose has left New York for Europe, looking for inspiration for her next novel. She didn’t expect to discover romance, but after meeting a mysterious sidewalk artist on the streets of Paris, she finds herself falling headfirst in love with a man she barely knows. Her research---and her affair---take her through the great art capitals of the Renaissance, and her novel begins to take shape. It will tell the story of the painter Raphael and his own secret lover, but where has the idea come from? And who really is the man she has fallen in love with? When her novel is finished, will their story end as well?
Alternating between contemporary and historical Italy, The Sidewalk Artist follows two parallel, intertwined romances, offering a unique view of the creative force that has inspired artists and writers for generations.
""The Sidewalk Artist is an inventive tale, beautifully and skillfully told. It is a story that swiftly sweeps the reader up into two intricate and compelling worlds, and does not let go until the very last word. This is a very special book.""
--Diane Haeger, author of The Ruby Ring
""An enchanting story of love and art, bringing to life the passion that inspires both."" --James McKean, author of Quattrocento
""A beautifully written book with a magical love story.""
--Roberta Gellis, author of Lecrezia Borgia and the Mother of All Poisons
""A deliciously dreamlike tale of modern love and Renaissance romance""
--Jeanne Kalogridis, author of The Borgia Bride