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- Print Length: 240 pages
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- Publication Date: October 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0763L36RP
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Italian Sonata (Noire Book 2) Kindle Edition
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‘Italian Sonata’ is set in 1899 at the cusp of the new century, a time of near-boundless optimism limited only by the obsolescent mores of the fading Victorian Age. A follow-up to Maupassant’s acclaimed first effort, ‘The Gentleman’s Club’, if anything, her style has become more assured, her language more fluent. The Italian setting is vivid and colorful with here and there a smattering of the native tongue to add a spicy dash of ‘verismo.’ I like the strong-willed female characters; not so much modern-day ass-kickers like Buffy or Xena recycled in Victorian corsets and bustles, or anachronistic ‘proto-feminists’ like Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart, but equally adventuresome in their own way, thoughtful, curious, questioning, unwilling to accept the stultifying status quo just because “that’s the way things have always been done.” At their best, Maupassant’s heroines have genuine *agency* unlike so many of their airheaded counterparts in countless pot-boiling bodice-rippers and Regency romps. (I liked the way the future granny from Maupassant’s ‘Highland Pursuits’ makes a brief cameo near the beginning of this novel, remarked upon for her independent, adventuring spirit. Very cute!) These women are fearless when they must be, finding depths of courage within themselves they never realized they possessed until the moment of crisis calls it forth from hearts that are better than they know. When Maupassant sets up her romantic m/f/f triangle, we know who we want to see on top!
In all honesty, this is not a perfect novel. There are a number of technical flaws and inconsistencies that ought to have been sorted out in the editing process. Still, many readers—particularly the ones who aren’t writers themselves—will probably have little difficulty glossing over these issues as the story carries them along. In the end what’s good here far outweights what’s not. Recommended.
Set in Victorian-era Italy, parts of Europe, and London, Italian Sonata is a fascinating story of the Victorian era's complete dichotomy of love, innocence, mistrust, playfulness, misogyny, double standards, and outright evil. The historical details of the period are outlined in exacting detail. The absolutely breathtaking descriptions of London, various locations in Europe, but particularly of the settings in Italy, are incredibly detailed and make you feel as if you've actually been there. Emmanuelle de Maupassant's knowledge of languages is beyond impressive. The story is filled with eroticism against the backdrop of the dishonesty, insincerity, and double standards inherent between the sexes during that era. She's created the most enchanting characters. My favorites parts of the story were the continual and surprising changes in the relationship between Maud and Henry, as well as the burgeoning and unsettling relationships between Cecile, Lucrezia, and Lorenzo. What truly delighted me was the totally unexpected ending of the book. I kept thinking I knew exactly where this story was headed. But, as so often happens with well-written stories, I was totally wrong. The ending is fascinating and took me by complete surprise. I truly enjoyed this book very much, and am looking forward to the third book in the series. I sincerely recommend Italian Sonata for anyone who's a fan of historical erotic romance. Emmanuelle de Maupassant has a true talent in this genre. This was an exceptional reading experience that demonstrates Ms. de Maupassant's ability to combine historical accuracy and breathtaking descriptive and evocative scenarios with erotic romance in a way I've seldom experienced.
One final note. Please be an informed reader and consumer! This is an ADULT book. It contains explicit language and sexual scenes. If you don't enjoy this genre, think hard before buying any book you know you won't enjoy. There are book synopses and reviews available on Goodreads and all booksellers' websites. Use these resources. DON'T LEAVE A NEGATIVE REVIEW WHEN YOU KNOW YOU WON'T ENJOY THE BOOK. It's not fair to the author. She works extremely hard to provide a quality work product. If you know you'll object to the book's subject matter before you buy it, you're doing yourself and the author an extreme disservice.
Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!
It is a story rich in detail written in gothic language. The participants are visionaries and rebels, in their own way. Rebelling against the "traditional" roles of women in the stifling society of Victorian England. Women like these and the men who loved, supported, and believed in them, are the reason Women's Rights came to be.
I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy and recommend it to anyone who enjoys delving into the everyday lives of people from era's on the edge of change.
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