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The Art of Love

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  431 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
The French Riviera is the setting for this absorbing tale of family intrigue, scandal and romance, against the glamorous background of 1930s artists and aristocracy.

Polly Smith is struggling to make a living as an artist when her friend and patron, Oliver, invites her to his father’s house in the South of France. Thrilled to escape cold, wet London, Polly asks for her bi
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Paperback, 439 pages
Published December 12th 2008 by Harper Collins New Zealand (first published 2007)
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KOMET
"THE ART OF LOVE" is a novel set in the early 1930s that reads like a mystery set in an enigma. It begins in a part of London known as Bloomsbury, where a young, struggling artist (Polly Smith) is in the process of applying for a passport. A friend of hers (Oliver Fraddon) had invited her to spend the Christmas holiday with his family in their palatial estate in the South of France. But Polly, in order to facilitate the process of getting a passport, has to obtain her birth certificate. This is ...more
Cassandra
Dec 11, 2013 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kurz vor ihrer Hochzeit entdeckt Polly Smith, dass sie gar nicht die Tochter ihrer angeblichen Eltern ist. Nun muss sie sich damit abfinden, unehelich geboren zu sein und auch einen anderen Namen zu tragen. Ein Unglück kommt selten allein und so verliert sie auch noch ihren Job als Restaurationsmalerin und erhält die Kündigung für ihr Zimmer. Ohne es zu merken, ist sie einem gefährlichen Geschäftsmann in die Quere gekommen. Kurzentschlossen nimmt sie eine Einladung nach Südfrankreich an und lern ...more
Tempo de Ler
Amar é uma arte. Escrever um bom livro também…

A Arte de Amar parece ter sido construído de forma a que tudo se ajuste para desembocar numa única revelação final…o problema é que não acontece nada digno de nota pelo meio. Volvida mais de metade do livro, eu ainda estava à espera de que sucedesse realmente alguma coisa; e o suposto grande desfecho, que eu já estava a prever, acabou por não compensar a leitura das mais de 300 páginas.

Não fiquei impressionada com a escrita de Edmondson, que conside
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Ruthy
Aug 17, 2011 Ruthy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myown, bookcrossing
O antes...
"-Se não sou a Polly Smith, quem sou?
-Mas que pergunta profunda - disse Oliver Fraddon.
Estavam ambos lado a lado, numa galeria em Somerset House, o edifício onde estava instalada a Conservatória do Registo Civil, com os registos de todos os nascimentos, casamentos e óbitos de todos os condados de Inglaterra."

Hummm... não ter a certeza de quem é na conservatória de todos os registos não é um muito bom começo para criar uma boa personagem, mas talvez parta daqui um conhecimento mais alar
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Damaskcat
Aug 11, 2015 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was originally published under the title 'The Art of Love'. Polly Smith is struggling to make her living as an artist. She paints book jackets and does some picture restoration for a small company and lives at home with her mother, Dora. Polly is invited to spend some time on the Riviera by her friend, Oliver and it seems like a good idea to get away for a time but when Polly looks out her birth certificate in order to apply for a passport she finds she isn't who she thought she was - ...more
Andreia Silva
Este livro foi uma decepção. Depois de ter lido o "Uma Villa em Itália" estava à espera de uma história com mais mistério, mais intrigas e mais segredos (aliás como a capa promete) e este livro não tem muito dessas coisas. São 400 páginas e fica interessante nas às 350. As restantes são enfadonhas e arrastam-se. E depois outro ponto negativo é que no inicio do livro em que vão sendo apresentadas as personagens não se perceber o que é que umas histórias têm a ver com a sinopse! Apesar de tudo, o ...more
Maria
Jan 12, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestado
Não foi um livro que me cativou no inicio mas o seu final salvou uma certa monotonia que senti. No entanto acho que não era necessário arrastar tanto a história, apesar de no final compreender o porquê de certos pormenores. Gostei do final, apesar de o ter achada um pouco precipitado mas irei dar outra oportunidade a esta autora, até porque tenho um livro dela
Aromas de Cor
O livro: A arte de amar, Elizabeth Edmonson

Temas: romance, mistério

Género/público: leitura leve e sem grandes questões morais

Personagens favoritas: Polly pela sua determinação e pela procura da verdade acima de tudo.

Escrita: Uma escrita simples, concisa encaminhando-nos e enredando-nos cada vez mais na história até um momento final surpreendente.

História: Depois de ler o outro livro e já que este estava também na estante decidi ler este também. O livro fala-nos de várias histórias no seio de uma
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Estefânia Botelho
Razões da escolha do livro: Desafio do Mês de Março.
Proveniência: A minha biblioteca/ganho num passatempo.
A minha Opinião:
Este é um romance sobre a procura de identidade, sobre o amor, a amizade e o papel da família.
Polly Smith está noiva e prepara-se para viajar quando se depara com uma cruel realidade: afinal não é quem pensava ser e vem a descobrir que tem outros pais e um outro nome.
Saturada do trabalho numa galeria de arte e confusa com esta nova realidade na sua vida, Polly tenta espairec
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karen styles
Feb 14, 2017 karen styles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I enjoyed the book reading about all the different characters. I really hope to hear about Polly and how the rwst of her life pans out.
Donna LaValley
Jul 09, 2013 Donna LaValley rated it liked it
Ah, it's one of those "off we go to a villa on the Riviera!" stories! It's pure escape and do not expect great literary values here. Coincidences are the author's coin in trade and although coincidences seemed charming in other of her volumes, here the reader may roll her eyes and then finish the book anyway.

Polly is an artist with a job "prettying up" old unimportant oils, but her knowledge of old masters and her expertise lead her to dangerous discoveries. Meanwhile she has an improbable fianc
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Wendy
Sep 15, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were mostly likeable with the odd baddie thrown in for good measure. I got into it fairly quickly and it held my interest to the fullest extent so I didn't want to put it down, which is really what everyone wants from a book. I was a little disappointed that the ending seemed a little rushed as there was so much potential for further development of this. Even better would be a sequel set say five or ten years after this one.

All in all a lovely read tha
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Kristel
Sep 04, 2014 Kristel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ik ben niet echt laaiend enthousiast over dit boek en dat heeft voornamelijk te maken met de opbouw van het verhaal. Het geheel sleept zich nagenoeg driekwart van het boek voort als een aaneenschakeling van puzzelstukjes die één voor één worden onthuld. Alleen duurt het veel te lang vooraleer een aantal puzzelstukjes op hun plaats beginnen te vallen, en ik me dus echt wel door het boek moest 'werken'. En dan plots, na ongeveer driekwart boek, komt alles in een stroomversnelling en worden, mijn i ...more
P.R.
Jun 15, 2015 P.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It is unusual and set in interesting times and places. The author should be congratulated on good research of the period. I was also fascinated, as a synesthesia sufferer/enjoyer myself, to read the most accurate description of this condition in the heroine - something I have not come across before. The plot is great and one is hooked from the start; the ending is unusual.
I am a big fan of this author, and this is a book I will definitely read again.
Agnieszka Higney
Very enjoyable,old-fashioned story,romance and mystery of sorts.Based in 1930's in London and then on the French Riviera,in the world of millionaires and lowly artistes.Predictable and slow,but that's what i think we have signed for.I liked the slow pace and i liked the fact i haven't been shocked or appalled by anything.Very nice,not too ambitious,perfect for a cruise or a leisure day by a lake,looking in the ripples of a water.
Inge Hulsker
Sep 05, 2015 Inge Hulsker rated it it was ok
It was hard to finish this book. The middle part is very uninteresting. There are many characters that don't seem interesting at all. It doesn't all come together until the very end of the book. Then there are a few predictable conclusions and some very far-fetched ones. I'd recommend reading another book.
Maria João
6,5 de 10*

Mais um romance, que se lê com alguma dificuldade no início, no meio e final bem mais "fácil" de ler. No entanto, a probabilidade do final acontecer está perto de zero, o que dá algum descrédito à historia...


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Lara
Jul 29, 2011 Lara added it
This is a pleasant easy read. The characters are endearing and the part of the story set in the South of France sounded idyllic. My one criticism however is that it ended quite quickly!! All the plot lines were tied up within a couple of pages, and there were a few too many 'conicidences' to make this book believable.
Zoella
Jul 23, 2011 Zoella rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was a bit badly written at the beginning but soon improved, to the point at which I was avoiding sleep to find out what happens! You will fall in love with Polly and her bohemian friends. This would make a great film.
Pat Stearman
Jan 19, 2014 Pat Stearman rated it really liked it
You always know what you're getting with this author - lots of people who are not who they think they are! This one is very good, I'd say almost as good as The Villa in Italy which was the first one I read. Easy read but with some interesting characters and locations.
Maisie
Jan 17, 2017 Maisie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A romance, a young girl with a mysterious past, artists and the French Riviera provide a great storyline. A little of each and the book is a delight to read.
Lynnezone
Jan 08, 2015 Lynnezone rated it liked it
A light summertime read just right for holidaying.
Emma Willcox
This was quite sweet, if forgettable. I'm not really into art so a lot of the references went over my head.
Lynne
A nice feel good read and one I couldn't put down. Like the Villa in Italy it was well constructed with a good selection of characters. Ideal for a holiday read I loved it!
Pauline
May 10, 2013 Pauline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this was one of the most terrible books I have ever read in my entire life
Melinda Elizabeth
Jun 24, 2011 Melinda Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Didn't like it, story was cliched, predictable, and a little cringe worthy in parts. Yuk
Welzen
Una novela estupenda sobre todo el su primera mitad. Hacia el final se complica todo un poco al introducirse demasiados personajes nuevos. El final un tanto apresurado.
Sílvia Afonso
Aug 23, 2016 Sílvia Afonso rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Não me conseguiu cativar e acabei por desistir!
Pauline
Jan 24, 2015 Pauline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed-the ending wasn't quite what I expected. I quite enjoy Elizabeth Edmondson
Marjan
Oct 24, 2013 Marjan rated it it was ok
Light and easy , perfect for a rainy day
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Born in Chile, and educated in Calcutta and London before going to Oxford University, Elizabeth Edmondson divided her time between the countryside north of Rome and the spires of Oxford. She was married to an art historian and had two children.

In Edmondson's words: "I write historical mysteries about love, marriage families and friendship, where the loyalties, feuds, secrets and betrayals of the p
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