Summary

Sofia is trained in secret as a painter in her father's workshop during a time when women did not paint openly. She loves her work, but her restless spirit leads her to betray her extraordinary gifts to marry a man who comes to despise her for not producing a son.
After Sofia's father is crushed by his own fresco during an attack motivated by a vendetta, Sofia realizes she must escape her loveless marriage. She flees to Siena, where, disguised as a boy, she paints again. When her work attracts the notice of a nobleman who discovers the woman under the dirty smock, Sofia is faced with a choice that nearly destroys her.
Meticulously researched settings and compelling characters are united with a strong heroine in this rich portrait of medieval Italy.
©2014 Carol M. Cram (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ros Kember on 09-12-16

THE BEST BOOK EVER ,EVEN WITH ITS SAD ENDING!!!

Loved. ,it , couldn't put it down! Will read it again & again

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mariya Coon on 23-05-18

Cara Mia 😱

The beginning of the book had a big promise and I hoped that story would unravel more intricate, but after 4 hours of listening it did not change. Same conversations between characters, poor people are dumb and rich people are overrated. Yes, I understand that this probably was written to describe that timeline more realistic, but on personal level I did not like it. I love complicated stories and true feelings, this story just like a cookie-cutter, I already know how it will end not finish listening it. I wish that story would be more intriguing the it is

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4 out of 5 stars
By Franchesca on 11-09-17

Enjoyed and learned

I was very entertained by the story and enjoyed learning about certain aspects of life in Italy as a painter. I learned more about the Black Plague. Definitely had my attention from beginning to end!

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