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Waking Isabella: Because beauty can't sleep forever Kindle Edition
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"Renaissance princess Isabella de' Medici steals the limelight as her influence transforms lives even across centuries. A beautiful story filled with intrigue. mystery, art, and redemption. Melissa Muldoon succeeds in transporting the reader to Tuscany with all its cultural festivities, history and people. A treat for lovers of historical fiction, the beauty of art, and the challenge of starting a new life and rediscovering love." - Italy Book Tours
"Waking Isabella is the kind of historical fiction I love - the main story takes place in the present but within the plot are flashbacks of stories taking place in the Renaissance and during World War II. If you've never been to Arezzo, you'll probably want to go after you read this book. Recommended reading for anyone who wants to take an armchair journey to Tuscany or looking for new places to explore on their next trip." - Marth Bakerjian, Italy travel expert "Martha'sItaly.com" and "About.com" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0787BPCSZ
- Publisher : Matta Press (December 11, 2017)
- Publication date : December 11, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1771 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 279 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #309,976 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I could almost feel Nora pining for Italy at the beginning of the book, when she’s walking through the market. Nora essentially saying goodbye to her ex-husband on the terrace in another country created an enjoyable hit-and-run of emotions too. I also liked how she met Luca through her friend, and the jousting scenes were interesting. Especially for someone who has only been to Italy once and has never really seen a live joust! Then when she literally stumbled upon important information about the lost painting, and discovered that Luca actually held a huge key to its disappearance I was hooked. I won’t do a spoiler!
It was also very interesting how the author brought out the relationship between Isabella’s parents, and how kind and loving her father was to her mother, and then she ended up being married to that evil man. The contrast was startling and you could not be emotionless about that!
Other parts that were particularly poignant was how Margherita (A character from the World War II section) noticed how the war was making her father old before his time and wondering about some of the mysterious comings and goings. She is smart enough to know that something’s going on, but doesn’t immediately know what. She is also a very selfless character, because she was willing to marry Ruggero because of her father’s declining health, even though she wasn’t really romantically in love with him. I had a small hunch about what might be coming with Ruggero and Federico though, but again, I won’t do a spoiler! And I can’t forget Carlotta, the kind of character you love to hate! LOL.
The tail bounds along, keeping the reader intrigued and interested throughout, and visiting different cultures and eras all through makes it a very enjoyable read. It never gets boring or has any lagging parts that so many novels have these days.
I think by the end, a remark that her friend made earlier in the book ended up being prophetic! That as Nora went about waking Isabella, Isabella kind of woke her too! History, romance, art, cultural immersion, it has it all. I think it was a highly enjoyable and entertaining read and I will almost certainly revisit in the future.
The book is well written and a good read not just for Nora’s fictional adventures, but also its authentic glimpses of Italy’s rich past and present. I especially appreciated the author’s afterword, in which she goes into some detail about what is fiction and what is fact, and how she interwove them for this most entertaining adventure and romance. The only error I could find was that Arezzo was liberated by the Allies in 1944, not 1945.
A highly recommended adventure and romance.
What intrigued me most about this novel was how well the author blends the history of the Tuscan world from the Renaissance to World War II to the present day via the intertwined lives of her characters. The characters are well-developed, believable, and most importantly, likable. The period scenes are remarkably well done. One definitely feels embedded in the historical time.
In fact, the one downside of the work is that we don't get enough information. For instance, there is quite a build-up of a jousting tournament throughout the narrative, but when we get to the tournament itself, it's not given the attention one might expect. Nevertheless, the book reads smoothly, and you do want to know what happens next. I recommend it to everyone who loves a good love story and who loves Italy!
Top reviews from other countries
The main difficulty that that I had with the book resulted from the format, being a story that looks in turn at the lives of Nora, Isabella and Margherita. Although this is a form that often works brilliantly from the outset, I found myself far more engaged with one character than the others at various times, meaning that every time the focus shifted to a character I was less interested in, my reading slowed.
However, it is a brilliantly written book, fully immersive in each and every setting and not nearly as predictable as one might think.
Melissa's writing makes you feel as though you are in Italy enjoying the colours and the life style and brings the past vividly to life