"I suffered much cruelty as an unmarried mother and I had no recourse when they took my boy away from me. I had no rights, no prospects, no future. Everyone believed I was ruined. But no one knew the secrets of my own childhood, nor could they ever have imagined the dangerous and heretical scheme I would devise to protect and watch over my remarkable son as he grew in to manhood."Some might call me a liar, since all I describe would be impossible for a woman of my station. But that is where my design unfolds, and I am finally ready to reveal it. They call me Caterina. And this is my story."More
"Re-creates Renaissance Italy in splendid detail." (Publishers Weekly)
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Beautiful! Journey into a fascinating past world!
I love this original story, wonderful fiction peppered with breathtaking historical details and takes you on a journey to a fascinating past world-Renaissance Italy.
Interesting story about a woman (Da Vinci's mother) perseverance in a society where women had few choices and very little power. Yes, there is romance, but it is an integral part of a woman's life, particularly in a time when it was almost impossible to survive without a man at her side- so in my opinion it is appropriate to the story.
Narration was good, and I couldn't stop listening!
Story: 5 stars, excellent historical fiction with some appropriate romance!
Narration: 4 stars
Relationship: appropriate development and some romance.
Overall: beautiful, definitely worth a credit and your time!
No, I wouldn't recommend it. Although it had some very interesting parts about DaVinci and the history of Florence, it degenerated into a "B" romance story very quickly.
Didn't make it that far.
She did a good job at different character voices and at presenting emotional inflections at appropriate times.
Meh. I'll probably finish it eventually, but it wasn't worth the credit.