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"Beguiling" —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"A delightfully mathematical take on the opposites-attract paradigm." —KIRKUS
"...packs a deceptive, satisfying emotional punch."
—BOOKLIST Starred Review
A BRILLIANT MIND NEEDS A STRONG HEART
Mathematical genius Dr. Meg Brightwood has just completed her life’s work—a proof of a problem so impenetrable it’s nicknamed the Impossible Theorem.
Driven through childhood as a prodigy, Meg has become reclusive and burdened by anxiety. But now everyone wants to get their hands on what she alone possesses—especially her own mathematician father.
Meg opts for a public presentation to dispel any doubt of her authorship, but a panic attack derails her plans. In defeat, she returns to her decaying house and locks away the one and only manuscript of her proof.
Then chance sends her the unlikeliest of allies: Isaac Wells—carpenter, high school dropout, in trouble with the law. And the one love of Meg’s life. Fifteen years ago, they did no more than hold hands. Now adults, they find a tenuous space where they can finally love and be loved for who they are—not who the world expects them to be.
But when Meg goes to retrieve the Impossible Theorem, she finds it missing. Her fight for the achievement of the century will test the limits of her brilliance and the endurance of two vulnerable hearts.
A "witty, quick, and emotionally turbulent tale that will have readers cheering for Johanna well after the last page." --Sabrina Szos, BOOKLIST
"Laugh out loud funny and poignant. I loved it!" --LORI FOSTER, New York Times bestselling author
"Vivid, visceral and sexy." --JEN DEVON, author of Bend Toward the Sun
THE HEADLINES DUBBED IT THE ART HEIST OF THE DECADE...
Twenty years ago, Johanna Porter was a rising star in the art world. Now she’s an unknown soccer mom. When an invitation arrives for an elite gallery opening for her former lover, the great Nestor Pinedo, Johanna wants to throw it in the trash where it belongs. But with some styling help from her daughter, she makes an appearance and comes face-to-face with the woman she was before the powerful and jealous Nestor ruined her.
La Rosa Blanca is a portrait of Johanna herself, young and fierce and fearless— a masterwork with a price tag to match. When she cuts it out of its frame, rolls it up and walks out, Johanna is only taking back what was stolen from her.
Hiding out with La Rosa Blanca in a shack on the Chesapeake Bay, Johanna digs into the raw work of reviving her own skills while battling novice-thief paranoia, impostor syndrome and mom guilt. But Johanna doesn’t just want the painting—she wants to paint again. To harness her powerful talent, she must defy everyone’s expectations—most of all her own—for what a woman like her should be.