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Lady of Asolo by [Daiko, Siobhan]
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About the Author

Siobhan Daiko was born in Hong Kong, educated in Perth, Western Australia, and moved to the UK in 1981. She has worked in the City of London, once ran a post office/B&B in Herefordshire, and, more recently, taught Modern Foreign Languages in a Welsh high school. Siobhan now lives with her husband in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, where she spends her time writing, researching historical characters, and enjoying the dolce vita. "Lady of Asolo", previously "In My Lady's Shadow", is her first book to be published.

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  • File Size: 875 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Fragrant Publishing (November 30, 2014)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PYURNQK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,657 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is an outstanding book that intertwines two similar characters with the exception that one lived in the 1500s. The story flowed smoothly and hooks you right into the characters' lives. I also enjoyed being able to google paintings that were talked about throughout the novel. Terrifically done!
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Writing a time-slip novel allows authors to create the ultimate in flashbacks. As Fern tries to keep hold of her sanity, she's snatched back to 16th century Italy where she virtually lives the perilous life of Cecilia. Is it all a figment of her traumatised mind, or is she really bearing witness to the life and possible death of a young woman?

Cecilia demands, and gets, passion. The scenes between her and artist Zorzo contain lust and love – in their most urgent and raw forms. In contrast, I found Fern's modern-day encounters just a little cold, leaving me frustrated. There was also an abruptness to Fern's world, the dialogue in particular seemed almost brusque at times and this created one or two bumpy scenes.

There was opulence to Cecilia's life and this created a wonderful conflict – financial security or true love? Could she have both? And what of Fern's traumatic past – could she have a future – any future? Nothing was assured and that left me with a dilemma. As the book headed towards its dual conclusion, I delayed the revelation. The downside to a good book is that is has to end.

The author has very cleverly mixed fact with fiction – she reveals in the book's notes where some of the inspiration was found and that adds a fascinating twist to this tale. As much as I adore fiction, I like it to be balanced with a nugget or two of fact. As I googled the facts – not to check them but because I was interested – I was drawn into another world, one of art and architecture. To appreciate why I spent so much time looking at Giorgione’s The Tempest, you need to read the book!

Siobhan Daiko writes of an Italy she clearly adores and I particularly enjoyed the scenes set in Venice. Comparing today's city with a place Cecilia would have known, puts the familiar tourist attractions in to historical context, and that's another tick in the box for time-slip themed novels.
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I had a hard time putting down my tablet for this one. The imagery was fantastic and the story flowed along well. The story fit so well with the location(s) too. I'm ready to hop a plane and visit just from the locations described in the book. The combination of history, art, and romance made this book a must read for me. The characters really come to life! I was glad the Christmas shopping season wasn't in full swing yet so I could finish reading the story without having to wait to see what happened next too long. Thanks Siobhan, I look forward to your next book!
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I mostly read crime fiction and thrillers but another genre in which I find myself revelling is historical fiction. I've come to know the author Siobhan Daiko and her book 'Lady of Asolo' through THE Book club on facebook where she was giving out review copies.

Lady of Asolo is much more than historical fiction. This book ticked all the right boxes for me: Italy, history, art, passion, intrigue - all things that I love to read and learn about. The author sets the story in Asolo, where she lives, and Venice and it's evident that there is extensive research be​​hind this book.

​Is it possible to relive a past life? What about reincarnation? Well that is what seems to be happening to Fern, a British young lady healing from a terrible trauma and on a short vacation at her aunt's in Italy.

1989. All starts when Fern begins to smell the stench of burning when there is nothing on fire and begins to hear whispers in her ear...someone crying 'Lorenza!'. Is she going mad? Or is this some post traumatic disorder? Then suddenly she begins to experience frequent, vivid images of a past life. But not only images, it's as if she's daydreaming. She finds herself in the body of a 16th century lady named Cecilia and seeing the world through her eyes.

These episodes become frequent and Fern relives Cecilia's life, her thoughts, pains and passions. The two women's lives begin to mirror each other through time. But who is Cecilia? What does she want from Fern? Why and how is this happening? And who is Lorenza?

Throughout the book, the author skilfully takes her readers back and forth in time without ever confusing them. Her vivid descriptions made me dream, taking me back to 16th century Italy.
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In My Lady's Shadow does not disappoint. I found it intriguing from the very beginning, when I realized that the author had deftly weaved both a modern romance, and a historical romance into one well written story. It was wonderful to escape into the lushly described setting of Venice, Italy, and to explore the historical aspects of that particular area. The way the characters come forward to tell their story, and then fade to the background while someone else takes center stage, and step forward once again to add more substance, had me staying up later than usual on more than one night. A fantastic read, Siobhan Daiko. I look forward to reading more of your work.
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