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Sofia is trained in secret as a painter in her father's workshop during a time when women did not paint openly. She loves her work, but her restless spirit leads her to betray her extraordinary gifts to marry a man who comes to despise her for not producing a son.
After Sofia's father is crushed by his own fresco during an attack motivated by a vendetta, Sofia realizes she must escape her loveless marriage. She flees to Siena, where, disguised as a boy, she paints again. When her work attracts the notice of a nobleman who discovers the woman under the dirty smock, Sofia is faced with a choice that nearly destroys her.
Meticulously researched settings and compelling characters are united with a strong heroine in this rich portrait of medieval Italy.
©2014 Carol M. Cram (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By Franchesca on 09-11-17

Enjoyed and learned

I was very entertained by the story and enjoyed learning about certain aspects of life in Italy as a painter. I learned more about the Black Plague. Definitely had my attention from beginning to end!

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By P. Gilbert on 08-30-17

Thoughtful historic fiction

Story was interesting and I always finish a novel once started, however the reader's voice annoyed me to no end. It was almost a whine. My ancestors are from Luca and most things Tuscan are appealing to me so I read the printed word when I could and only listened to the whine when I was indisposed.

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By Ros Kember on 12-09-16

THE BEST BOOK EVER ,EVEN WITH ITS SAD ENDING!!!

Loved. ,it , couldn't put it down! Will read it again & again

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By Amazon Customer on 04-10-17

great performance!

ok story but great performance. Story line I felt was a little flimsy and unfinished but overall it was alright.

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