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I was lucky to win an ARC of The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato through the Goodreads first reads program. There were so many great lines in this one, some flowery and some witty, that it was difficult selecting just two. So...I chose short lines from two different scenes. And isn't this a beautiful cover?
(Please note that, as my copy is an ARC, page numbers may differ slightly from the final print version of the book.)
A knock woke me and I was up and into his arms, holding tight to his wiry body for a second before he pushed me away in haste, as he had done in Venice. I did not care—I had him back. (pg 401)
About the book:
Genre: Historical Fiction
When we first meet Luciana Vetra, she is a 16-yr-old prostitute in 1482 Florence. Turning tricks and modeling since she was twelve, she is offered the chance to sit for Sandro Botticelli's new work, Primavera—an assignment that suddenly finds her fleeing Florence for her life with novice monk, Brother Guido della Torre. As they try to puzzle out the mystery hidden in Botticelli's painting, their journey takes them through Pisa, Naples, Rome, and many other vaunted cities of the Italian Renaissance. Can they figure out the secret before the assassin on their heels catches up to them?
This is a wonderfully crafted story that transports one to the Middle Ages. The language is alternatingly course and beautiful, as befits the pair of unlikely main characters, and the growing romance is as intriguing as the mystery itself. I had difficulty setting this one down, reading the bulk of it over a weekend.