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To A Strange Somewhere Fled (Sequel to A House Near Luccoli)

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In this sequel to A House Near Luccoli, after the sudden end to her collaboration with composer Alessandro Stradella, Donatella moves from Genoa to join her parents in a small village in Oxfordshire, England. The gift of a sonnet, 'stolen' music, inexpressible secrets, and an irrepressible spirit have stowed away on her journey. Haunted by whispers and visions, angels and ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by All Things That Matter Press
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Ina Schroders-Zeeders
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The adventures in this novel, about Donatella in England, are charmingly told in this lovely covered book where we find ourselves involved in matters and ways of those days. Donatella meets interesting people who now are famous, like Master (Henry) Purcell and bit by bit she learns English. But most of all, she is an artist herself (I think) and she loves cats :) So Diane put a lot of herself in this historical novel as well. I enjoyed reading it, the interaction between the main characters. Not ...more
Mary Clark
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this tour-de-force book, D M Denton shows her command of a distinctive point of view, and writing style that enables her to communicate it. Her style breaks the rules, but it is just this breaking up and apart that reveals her character’s experiences in new and unexpected ways. It allows for flourishes, nuances, changes in pace, and variations on themes, as music does. With delicacy and sureness, the author works with her themes of memory, love, and loss. Grief and love vibrate throughout.

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Casee Marie
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
In her follow-up to A House Near Luccoli author D.M. Denton takes readers back to 17th century Europe, moving the story of impassioned young spinster Donatella from Stradella’s Genoa to the England of Henry Purcell.

One instantly remarkable element of D.M. Denton’s fiction is her unique blending of history and fiction; such was the backdrop for her 2012 novel, A House Near Luccoli, which introduced a memorable fictional protagonist – Donatella – to one of Italy’s most enigmatic composers, the rog
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Steve Lindahl
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The music continues in To A Strange Somewhere Fled, DM Denton's lovely sequel to A House Near Luccoli. This story follows Donatella and her mother, Julianna, to England and to the home of Donatella's father, the Captain. The great musician, Alessandro Stradella, whom Donatella had loved, is gone now, but she has her memories in the form of copies of his never performed compositions. Those works are of great interest to the musicians in the novel, including the English composer, Henry Purcell an ...more
Kim Rendfeld
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
D.M. Denton takes readers “To a Strange Somewhere Fled” that is both emotional and physical.

The heroine, Donatella, an introverted, sensitive artist and poet, must come to terms with overwhelming grief for her beloved Alessandro and adapt to a new home, new country, new language, and new climate.
Ms. Denton tells Donatella’s story through her unique, lyrical style and vivid descriptions of the places and the music.

Readers know Donatella from “A House Near Luccoli,” but they will meet a new, int
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Jean Rodenbough
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is a sequel to her first book, A House Near Luccoli. A well-researched history of the 17th century music loved by the Italians in Genoa, and now in England, where well-known musicians such as Henry Purcell and other notables are popular. What I found most valuable in these two books were the exceptional scenes with composers and performers of the day, described in details that k
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Martin Shone
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Four words ... Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo! OK a few more words. I couldn't wait to pick up Diane’s book after I'd put it down for such things as work and sleep getting in the way of reading this superb sequel to A House Near Luccoli. Transported to Oxfordshire we catch up with Donatella once more and so the mystery, the secrets and the rhythm within these pages lifts the reader to appreciate the subtle yet daring intricacies of music, passion and life in 17th century England.
D.M. Denton
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This review is by D. Bennison of Bennison Books:

I was privileged to have a pre-publication review copy.

To open the pages of a historical novel written by D.M. Denton is to find that the past is no longer a foreign country. In this beautifully realized sequel to A House Near Luccoli, the author once again effortlessly blends the vividly imagined fictional character Donatella with real-life historical figures and settings to create a world that is as beguiling as it is believable.

We are invited to
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Rae Spencer
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Donatella's new journey is one of grief and change, complicated by old tensions and fresh heartaches. She is adrift, struggling to learn a new language, searching for new purpose in a world forever marred by loss. She is also determined to live by her own rules. To a Strange Somewhere Fled follows her growth with the same poetic prose and careful attention to detail that made A House Near Luccoli such a lyrical read.
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DM Denton is a native of Western New York. She finds her voice in poetry and prose, in silence and retreat, in truth and imagination. Through observation and study, inspired by music, art, nature and the contradictions of the creative spirit, she loves to wander into the past to discover stories of interest and meaning for the present, writing from her love of language and the belief that what is ...more