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Top Customer Reviews
In keeping with its period, A House Near Luccoli reads more like a symphony than a rock song. It is separated into parts that are like movements of the larger work. The language is not simple, making it the type of book I like to read slowly. There is so much in every phrase and I found I was often flipping back to let the meaning of Denton's words sink in.
Donatella loves to paint. Her sense of style and perfect hand make her the ideal copyist for Stradella's work. This is pointed out by Nonna, Donatella's grandmother, in an interesting scene where Nonna appears to be offering her granddaughter to Stradella for multiple purposes. "'Come here,' Nonna pleaded as Donatella could never refuse. 'Look, signore, at the beauty in her.'"
In addition to his composing Stradella's duties include performing. He calls on Donatella to sing while he plays and he tutors her for that task in one of the most sensual sections of the novel. "'Keep your arms up.' His hands pushed against her diaphragm. 'Make it a sliding note, higher, higher,' he dropped them from the inflation of her breasts, 'with body and voice until you can't feel any difference,' to her waist. 'Reach from your toes!'"
A House Near Luccoli mixes fictional with historical characters. It was fun to use Wikipedia to learn more about Stradella as I read the novel and Youtube to hear performances of his music. I recommend this book for readers who enjoy historical fiction with beautiful language.
Steve Lindahl - author of Motherless Soul
Author DM Denton writes with verve and great style. In Alessandro and Donatella she has recreated the romance between them with vivid believability. The 17th century is a period of extremes - lavish wealth and devastating poverty, lofty heights and dire circumstances. As the story unfolds and more of each character is revealed, I got a strong sense of the times, its foods, clothing, music, and art. Alessandro is a lovable rogue, a bad boy who never seems to learn from his mistakes. Ultimately, it all catches up to him in a tragic ending.
I always enjoy novels of unique historical settings with lesser known heros and heroines of the times. This is one such novel. Very well put together and researched. Highly recommended.
Donatella cares for the house near Luccoli, along with her bedridden, beloved grandmother and overbearing aunt. In the past she has loved unwisely, and is reluctantly settling into spinsterhood when Stradella arrives. Donatella's musical training is not the only thing which attracts her to the acclaimed composer, and she serves not only as his copyist, but as his muse. Can Donatella become a permanent part of Stradella's turbulent life?
"A House Near Luccoli," by Diane Denton, is a lyrical and intriguing historical novel. I very much enjoyed Ms. Denton's lush descriptions of Genoa, and Donatella's growing temptation drew me onward. However, I found myself of two minds about Ms. Denton's style when complex sentences sent me rereading for clarity, and some conversations left me wondering who was speaking. But don't let my shortcoming stop you from trying "A House Near Luccoli," especially if you love a beautifully-told tale of yearning.
-- Jo Ann Butler
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