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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.
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 behind 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the time slips in this novel, the characters were lovely and the story flowed rather well. This is my favorite one of her novels I've had the pleasure to read. A must readPublished 3 months ago by clarissa
The history, the mystery and the people captivated me from the minute I started reading the book. I loved the characters and the way the past and present intermingled. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Aminuts
I am sentimental about companian animals and it made me cryPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
The story was quite interesting and definitely not my typical read. It takes take to develop this particular story so it was a bit slow going in the beginning allowing the author... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Katrina Lynn Jay
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how it flicked from the past to the present and how everyone was interlinked. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Claire S
I have received I gifted copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.
In the story we meet Fern, a young woman, who is visiting her aunt in Italy. Read more
Siobhan's novel is full of suspense, drama, joy and sorrow. I really enjoyed the back and forth adventures in time, very cleverly written in past and present tense. Read morePublished 16 months ago by fereshta51
Fern is staying with her Aunt in Asolo, Italy in 1989. Fern’s a painter and loves walking about the town sketching beautiful or historically interesting scenes. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Viviane Crystal
In My Lady's Shadow is an enthralling novel with a story imaginatively woven around contemporary and historical events. Read morePublished 17 months ago by john_l_uk