by Anita Hughes (Goodreads Author)
When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful Rome for the next two months.
Once there, she befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer. But when Amelia’s boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, her perfect world begins to crumble.
While moping in her hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets Philip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true identity. Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own. Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she’s always wanted, or will she be forced to choose again?
With her sensory descriptions of the beautiful sites, decadent food, and high fashion of Rome, Hughes draws readers into this fast-paced and superbly written novel. Rome in Love will capture the hearts of readers everywhere. [close]
by Paul Strathern
The home of the Renaissance,…more
The home of the Renaissance, Florence thrived under the Medici family, who embodied the progressive humanist spirit of the age. The Medicis were patrons of the arts, giving generously to the likes of Botticelli and Michelangelo, and providing security to a weak city left adrift in a climate of shifting allegiances. But diplomat Lorenzo de’ Medici found his nemesis in Savonarola, an unprepossessing provincial monk, full of Old Testament fury and prophecies of doom. A series of sensational events marked the showdown—invasions, executions, mysterious deaths, and “Bonfires of the Vanities,” where objects condemned as sinful were burned by Savonarola and his followers—and changed history forever.
Between these men erupted a bloody and dramatic battle between Lorenzo the Magnificent and Savonarola for the soul of Renaissance Florence. Was this a clash between ruler and fanatic? Between secular pluralism and repressive extremism? Here, Strathern reveals the paradoxes, self-doubts, and political compromises that made this fifteenth century conflict so important to the history of the Western world.
Praise for Death in Florence
“A vivid tale told in great detail.” —The Times Literary Supplement
“Grips the reader from the first page. It is an arresting and horrifying tale and Strathern tells it with immense skill and verve.” —The New Statesman [close]
by Michael Schmicker (Goodreads Author)
Italy 1899: Fiery-tempered, seductive, medium Alessandra Poverelli levitates a table at a Spiritualist séance in Naples. A reporte…more
Italy 1899: Fiery-tempered, seductive, medium Alessandra Poverelli levitates a table at a Spiritualist séance in Naples. A reporter photographs the miracle, and wealthy, skeptical, Jewish psychiatrist Camillo Lombardi arrives in Naples to investigate. When she materializes the ghost of his dead mother, he risks his reputation and fortune to finance a tour of the Continent, challenging the scientific and academic elite of Europe to test Alessandra's mysterious powers. She will help him rewrite Science. His fee will help her escape her sadistic husband Pigotti and start a new life in Rome. Newspapers across Europe trumpet her Cinderella story and baffling successes, and the public demands to know - does the "Queen of Spirits" really have supernatural powers? Nigel Huxley is convinced she's simply another vulgar, Italian trickster. The icy, aristocratic detective for England's Society for the Investigation of Mediums launches a plot to trap and expose her. Meanwhile, the Vatican is quietly digging up her childhood secrets, desperate to discredit her supernatural powers; her abusive husband Pigotti is coming to kill her; and the tarot cards predict catastrophe.
On March 6, 2015 The Witch of Napoli made the Amazon Top 100, ranking #41 in paid books out of 3.3 million books in the Kindle Store. That same day, it hit #1 in both the Historical Fantasy and Victorian Historical Romance categories in three countries -- the U.S., Canada and England. It has since earned a combined 148 five-star reviews from Amazon and Goodreads readers, and high praise from critics:
Huffington Post Books calls it haunting: "...science and the supernatural collide in a burst of passion you won't soon forget." Kirkus Reviews calls it "Impressive...an enchanting and graceful narrative that absorbs readers from the first page." The San Diego Book Review praises it as "One of a kind...a deeply moving novel you can't put down," while the Historical Novel Society finds it "Utterly absorbing...Highly recommended." And the Literary Fiction Book Review calls it "Meticulously researched...a riveting tale of 19th century Europe and its obsession with the occult." [close]
― Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Forest House
― Beppe Severgnini, La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
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