Aalyah "Lyah" Artisan is your typical wild child. Running away from home with no form of ambition or sense of direction, she tends to follow no rules but her own as a cunning petty thief. On her latest attempt, she finds herself in a bit of a jam when she’s left facing the barrel of a gun for robbing the wrong target. While on the run, Lyah faces tough decisions as she battles her emotions and the consequences of her actions.
Picture-perfect Keith Hayden has only one thing on his mind—stopping his ex-girlfriend Tally from getting married. The problem is he’s on a time limit, and he needs to get to her—fast. Way across the country, Keith decides to throw caution to the wind and embark on what was supposed to be a solo journey to show Tally that she is making the biggest mistake of her life in Vegas. But his plan doesn’t fall into place when forced to take Lyah on his expedition after their unfortunate meeting.
As they knock heads, the two must overcome their differences to get to the other side of the country in time before it’s too late for them both. And they can’t do it alone.
Nandra Hoffman's The Artisan Way perfectly encapsulates how a chance encounter between two lost souls can sometimes lead to self-discovery and make a person whole. Hoffman's narrative is held together by the chemistry shared between the two protagonists -- the spunky and free-spirited Lyah and the reserved and cautious Keith. Hoffman deftly maneuvers the plot to showcase how Lyah and Keith play off each other's strengths. Lyah's 'go with the flow' attitude to life is brilliantly contrasted by Keith's adherence to a strict moral code. My favorite aspect of the book is the banter between the two of them. The Artisan Way is one of the most enjoyable coming of age stories I've ever read. I would highly recommend it to fans of romance and adventure novels.