I read The Sidewalk Artist some time ago and finally got around to writing a small review. Here it is.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book at first – never having heard of either of the co-authors and not having read any reviews. I try not to read other peoples thoughts on books before I read it myself. I like having an untainted view and not have someone else’s conclusions in my head.
I was hooked from the very first page and found the book nearly impossible to put down. I think, at one time or another, every girl has wished they could be in Tulia Rose’s shoes and travel to Paris and Italy alone, meet a handsome artist and fall in love (and if the truth be told, I fell in love with Raffaello, too). Through Tulia’s sidewalk artist, we learn about Raphael, whom I’m sure we have all heard of, but don’t know much about. We hear the love story of love ago which in some ways mirrors the love story between Tulia and the artist. As she learns from Raffaello, the struggling writer finds her muse and begins to write again. The way the authors go back and forth from present day to the early 1500’s is clever and delightful and isn’t the least confusing. On top of all that, the book had me in tears, which isn’t an easy feat.
I can easily say that this is one of the best books I’ve ever read and it’s among the top five books I’ve read this year already. You don’t need to be a history buff to enjoy this book. In fact, I suspect that by reading this book, you’ll become more interested in the past and the wonderful stories it has to offer.