book review, historical fiction

Review: The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

The Orphan's Song by Lauren Kate transports the reader to dazzling, romantic, and beautiful 18th century Venice. Violetta is an orphan at the Incurables, a hospital and orphanage where girls are raised in the musical arts to eventually perform in the prestigious Coro (where once sworn, a girl must never sing outside its walls.) From… Continue reading Review: The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

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Review: The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King

  Set in 16th century Italy, The Chef's Secret by Crystal King follows papal chef Bartolomeo Scappi and his apprentice, Giovanni, through two intersecting tales that peel back like layers of an onion. While Scappi was indeed the chef of a Pope, King notes that not much is known about him save his recipe book,… Continue reading Review: The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King

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Review: Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

  Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan tells the amazing true story of an 18-year-old Italian boy named Pino Lella. This novel is very much a coming of age story as it is a story of WWII. Pino comes of age against the disturbing back drop of war, which drastically shapes the rest of… Continue reading Review: Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

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Review: The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland

The Passion of Artemisia¬†¬†tells the story of real life 17th century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi. I first learned about Artemisia in an Art History class in college, and was instantly fascinated by her. It's hard not to be, as it was rare for a woman during that time to paint for money and for powerful… Continue reading Review: The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland