Years ago, Dieter Krumpf’s grandmother died and left him everything, including a photo album containing pictures of the art collection she left behind when her family fled the Nazis. Now, Dieter is calling on the services of a lawyer, Gerald Young, to determine whether his family’s legacy might be returned to him.
Gerald doesn’t hold out much hope that the paintings will be returned, but Dieter’s earnestness speaks to him and he agrees to help. At first he concludes that while Dieter has a case, suing in Austria isn’t practical. But Gerald is a good lawyer, and as his feelings for Dieter develop, so does his determination to win the case. Together, Gerald and Dieter navigate research, hearings, and a dysfunctional family in the pursuit of fine art—and discover the art of love along the way.
Rating: 4 Lulus
I finished Legal Artistry last night, curled up under my duvet, and what a ride it was. From America to Austria in one evening, what a thrill. Dieter's love for his grandmother and his Aunt Katie are palpable right from the start. His shock at the knowledge that not only is The Woman in Blue his great-grandmother, but he has a right to claim her back, is fabulous and how he handles himself throughout is brilliant.
Gerald, the lawyer who takes on his case, is possibly one of the sweetest men I've ever met (you know what I mean) and given that his family are so far up their own arses they can see what they've had for breakfast, it's amazing that he's as well-balanced and loving as he is. His attraction to Dieter is immediate and the tussle he has with himself before pursuing it is charming, as he worries about a conflict of interest.
In short, this is one hell of a rollercoaster that everyone should ride on and I loved every minute. And am off to read the follow on : Artistic Appeal.