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- Print Length: 374 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (July 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071FFXD4Y
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've read and enjoyed both Debbie Rix's previous books, so when I was offered an ARC of her newest one 'The Silk Weaver's Wife' by the publisher, I couldn't wait to start reading it.
As in her other books, the author's beautiful, evocative prose and vivid descriptions have swept me off my feet and taken me on a mesmerising unforgettable journey back in time, bringing locations and characters from a bygone era back to life in stunning vivid colour.
Told over two different lifetimes, the story revolves around two women, three centuries apart but bound together by an ancient trade and a land of divine art, architecture, culture and wine... Italy.
"There is no escape for you Anastasia."
Veneto, early 1700s. Young Anastasia Balzarelli is forcibly married by her father to a rich silk weaver against her will. She's taken to his house in Venice and imprisoned in an upstairs bedroom overlooking the magnificent Grand Canal, where she's forced to endure her husband's abuse and cry for her true love, Marco. With no hope of getting out of there and nothing else to do, she spends her long days practicing her talent of painting and drawing. She's trapped inside her room like a silkworm in its cocoon. Will she ever be able to metamorphose like the moths she paints and fly away from her desperate situation?
UK and Italy, present day. Escaping from an unhappy love affair, Millie, a journalist, is sent to Italy to write a report on the regeneration of the silk industry in the Veneto region. There she stays in a beautiful old country villa. Lorenzo, the owner, is a charming widower with a young girl, who's more than happy to show her around the silk farm, explaining the process of silk production and the whole weaving process. There Millie feels at peace and calm. An old portrait at the villa showing a girl in a room overlooking Venice catches Millie's attention and intrigues her. Who was that girl? And what's her connection to the villa? No one knows, but Millie is determined to find out.
Well Debbie Rix has done it again. She has written a beautiful story that I found interesting, intriguing and gut-wrenching at the same time. It is an enchanting journey into the ancient tradition of silk-weaving. A story featuring some real historical characters and in which fiction is exquisitely and intrinsically weaved around true facts. Even though chapters alternate between past and present, the story is never confusing.
All characters are very true to life and the dialogue realistic. I could feel their anguish, pain and terror, but also their hope, love and determination. My heart went out to Anastasia. I really wanted her to be all right and wished she could escape her husband's clutches and live a happy life.
It's evident that a lot of research was required to write this book. Through her characters and storylines, the author gives an in-depth account about the history of the silk industry and the delicate silk-manufacturing process and how it has changed over the centuries. I was so interested that I ended up googling some of the characters and even 'silk-weaving' to learn more.
A couple of years ago I visited Verona, Venice and Lake Garda, the area where this story is set, and reading this book I was transported back to this enchanting part of Italy. Through her prose, the author paints a living, breathing picture of that region as it was in the past and as it is now. It was as if I was there. I could clearly visualise the lake shimmering in the sun, the gondolas and galleons going up and down the Grand Canal in Venice and Villa di Bozzolo with its outbuildings and vineyards stretching far into the distance.
Art, nature, history and love are the main pillars of this brilliant story. If you, like me, love good, well-balanced historical fiction novels based on true facts, then I highly recommend 'The Silk Weaver's Wife'.
With thanks to Bookouture for approving my request to read and review this book through Netgalley.
This is the kind of book where you end up feeling like you know the characters personally. You laugh when they laugh, hurt when they hurt and get absorbed into the story and take it all personally as if it were happening to you. I don't find books like this often enough that I connect with on such a deep level.
I really enjoyed learning about the silk trade and especially the differences between Chinese and Italian silk thread. This book was educational as well as entertaining and I found myself thinking about it after I had finished it.
I am happy to recommend this book to anyone that wants a heartwarming book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
In 1700 Veneto, Anastasia Balzarelli's father forces her to abandon Marco. the man she attempted to elope with in order to wed a wealthy man in the silk industry. He takes her to his home in Venice and locks her up an upper bedroom for months. Each night he rapes her, hoping to beget a child. Deprived of her freedom, she spends long hours each day drawing insects.
In contemporary times, Millie is a journalist in love with a married man who has just dumped her to return to his wife. Heartbroken she is sent from her home in the UK to Italy to report on the country's silk industry. She is booked into a beautiful country villa near Venice and is escorted about by the handsome owner, Lorenzo. Millie finds joy and contentment - that is until her ex-lover shows up repentant and ready to lay claim to her again. An old portrait of a beautiful young woman haunts Millie and she sets off to discover who she was and how her portrait came to hang in Lorenzo's villas.
Both of the women's stories kept me enthralled and turning pages. The novel is rich with plot twists, secrets, and ever evolving characters who intrigued me. Author Debbie Rix has done a great job in researching the Veneto region (my family's own roots) with accurate descriptions that lent a great deal of atmosphere to the story's setting. Definitely a must read!
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The story is told in two timelines, 1704: Anastasia and 2017: Millie.Read more