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They say some loves travel through time and are fated to meet over and over again. For Maddie, an art therapist, who wrestles with the “peculiar feeling” she has lived previous lives and is being called to Italy by voices that have left imprints on her soul, this idea is intriguing. Despite her best efforts, however, proof of this has always eluded her. That is, until one ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published March 10th 2019 by Matta Press
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Dianne Hales
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A true Renaissance woman, Melissa Muldoon weaves her passions for art and Italy into a stirring saga that sweeps across centuries. As her time-traveling heroine Maddie reconnects with kindred souls, we meet Artemisia Gentileschi, the 17th–century artist who overcame rape and ignominy to gain respect and acclaim. Historic figures such as Galileo and Mussolini also come to life in this intricately plotted novel, but the women who defy all constraints to take control of their destinies are the ones ...more
Crys M
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Take a trip to Italy with Eternally Artemisia!

In the age of our current Covid-19 pandemic Melissa Muldoon’s writing was a thirst-quenching escape from the confines of my city-burb apartment.
From an Upper Manhattan loft we meet our 2 leading ladies, Maddie and our historical 17th century baroque artist, Artemisia Gentileschi. Not only do we get transported to Florence but an entirely different time period learning about the truly turbulent, and historically accurate young life of Artemisia Gentil
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Kate
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been to Rome and Venice but after reading this wonderful novel I'm longing to visit Florence! Melissa Muldoon brings together historical and contemporary narratives in this story of love across the ages with excellent dialogue, vivid characters and rich descriptive detail. I particularly enjoyed the emphasis on female friendship and support and love to find books with strong women from history that I know little about. Artemisia Gentileschi is a fascinating character and I'm thrilled to h ...more
Carly-Rae London
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eternally Artemisia is my new favorite book by Melissa Muldoon. I love how this story incorporates so many things: romance (which I love), bonds (showing how strong women are), and stories (different ones interwoven). How Muldoon writes about Italy really makes me feel as if I’m there too. I really appreciate how much effort Muldoon put into this book especially with the research into the eras. Eternally Artemisia was well written, and the characters were well developed. I definitely recommend a ...more
michael sdao
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read with well-drawn characters, a story line that is engrossing and lots of history. I found myself transported to Italy, and the book stayed with me long after I had finished it. Ms. Muldoon has woven an irresistible tale once again!
Lizzy
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely story! Melissa weaves the lives of 4 women across time, all with some connection to Artemisia Gentileschi, a 16th century Italy painter. They represent the feminine strength that arises from life challenges, each with their unique intelligence. Underlying their stories is the idea that love transcends all, even time, love is timeless. As with her other books, Melissa fills the story out with interesting facts and references to the Italian life, culture and it's history, her attenti ...more
Reader Views
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (4/19)

In “Eternally Artemisia,” Melissa Muldoon delivers a whirlwind story of everlasting soulful connections, taking readers from biblical times to the 26th century. Her story will delight fans of time travel, history, art, historical fiction, romance, and intrigue.

Maddie, an art therapist now in her forties, knows she has lived previous lives, yet the proof is always just beyond her reach. First introduced to the works of Artemisia Gentileschi and other
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Jessica Russell
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t want to do a spoiler so I will describe this book as best I can. The first book I read of Ms. Muldoon’s was Dreaming Sophia. I described it as an unusual book that makes you want to follow the author, and follow the author I did! The next one I read was Eternally Artemisia and it had the same distinct style. It was a very different story, yet it had the same type of multidimensional, interesting characters both modern and historical. Based on the life of a real person in history, as well ...more
Theodene
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How can anyone resist reading a story that takes place in Tuscany?! The descriptions of the quaint towns in Italy are breathtaking! The sights! The sounds! The smells!! And most of all the delicious food!!

Maddie moves to Italy after deciding to relocate to go into business to help ladies heal from the traumas caused by rape and abuse. Not only is she a victim of it, but she’s fantastic at using art therapy to guide these women. Maddie also runs a 12-day retreat in a remote village in Italy.

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Carla
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Eternally Artemisia is a powerful story of the power of women, love, healing and the strength in standing up for oneself. Artemisia is an incredibly gifted painter but one whom many will never know of simply as she was a woman born in a time when woman were viewed as nothing more than a wife and vessel to bear children. She was full of light but held her own pain and struggles after being raped and forced to go through a humiliating trial to convict her rapist.

Maddie loves her art and finds heal
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Paula
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Like an intricate Italian tapestry, Melissa Muldoon’s third novel – Eternally Artemisia – masterfully weaves a captivating tale that literally spans the ages. And like a tapestry’s beginnings, many threads must somehow find their way together to create the unforgettable whole of this tale of never-ending love, bonds eternal, and the innate strength of women. Not an easy task, Muldoon as managed to do just this, taking the reader from Biblical times, to the present, to Renaissance Italy, to the t ...more
Carla
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
written novel.

The story centers around two incredibly brave and strong women, Maddie and Artemisia. Maddie is an art therapist who is drawn to Italy by voices that tie her to its artistic and at times violent past. Artemisia is a female painter who was a strong woman that stood up for female rights at a great cost. She was raped, faced a trial against her accused where she was tortured and then faced being an outcast because she was no longer pure. Both women found release and freedom in the art
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Tonja Drecker
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this tale hits upon tough themes and how women have turned from tragedy to a better future,

it's a beautiful weave of time, art, hope and determination.

Maddie is a woman, who even as a girl has had a special openness to time, dreams and a bit of spirituality. It's no surprise that the world of art has become her calling. However, she can never shake the sense that her existence might go beyond the usual borders...as if other times are calling to her. She discovers a special bond to ARtemisi
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Tonja Drecker
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this tale hits upon tough themes and how women have turned from tragedy to a better future,

it's a beautiful weave of time, art, hope and determination.

Maddie is a woman, who even as a girl has had a special openness to time, dreams and a bit of spirituality. It's no surprise that the world of art has become her calling. However, she can never shake the sense that her existence might go beyond the usual borders...as if other times are calling to her. She discovers a special bond to ARtemisi
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Marilyn Wilson
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the third book I have read and reviewed by author Melissa Muldoon. All three have been fiction stories inspired by a strong, talented woman who lived in Italy centuries ago. This one stands as slightly different in the way we experience this historical woman through several lifetimes. The theme - perhaps we have soul mates, people we are spiritually tied to that we meet again and again in new lives.

As in other books by this author, it is a woman in the present who introduces us to the p
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Angela Thompson
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eternally Artemisia offers readers another glimpse into Italy. The author does a fantastic job weaving Italy's history, art, and culture into her storyline. As Maddie navigates her present, builds her future and learns from her past (and strengthens her connections to her past lives), readers will explore the beauty, the darkness, and the streets of Italy. As the author makes references to historical figures, artists, and daily life--the author educates and encourages a love for Italian life and ...more
Melissa W
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having read Ms. Muldoon’s previous two novels, I knew that I wanted to read her latest book. And having read this latest installment of her Italy novels, I really enjoyed this book, although I had a thing or two that I thought could have been done better.
For the things that I didn’t like about the book I didn’t like how the book was concluded. I felt that the author could have brought the book full-circle rather than just end it where she did. Also I felt that the first two parts could have been
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Debra Schoenberger
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maddie, a 40 year old art therapist has decided to live her dream of relocating from New York City to Italy to continue her work with a new business partner. Although she believes in romantic love, she isn’t convinced that she has met the one person she is willing to spend the rest of her life with.

Maddie has always known that she was different, often experiencing feelings of not quite belonging in the present and of being gently tugged by the past, of what exactly she wasn’t certain.

While in It
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Colleen
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eternally Artemisia was such an interesting mix of history, family, romance, friendship, and mystery. Reading Maddie’s story as she picks up and moves her life to Italy is simply inspiring. As Maddie experienced all of the feelings of excitement and nervousness over her new life, the author did such an amazing job of leading us along in Maddie’s discoveries. I found myself wishing I could meet the women in her retreat group and join in on their exploration of learning more about themselves throu ...more
carol sansone
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

With great anticipation I looked forward to escaping into an authentic Italian experience; all the tastes, smells, culture and scenery that one enjoys when actually being in Italy. Melissa is a master at vividly recalling the most normal, average, typical aspects of daily Italian life...from flimsy cafe' tables wobbling on cobblestones to the contrast of Italian radio from smooth,sultry, sexy music to screaming, rapid-fire radio announcers hawking tires. From puppies in barns to obsessions with
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S.L.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Muldoon is in her element in “Eternally Artemisia.” There are so many delicious details that are woven so intricately into multiple storylines, and her distinctive tone sets her apart. She has truly found her niche in delivering inspiring “need-to-know” stories about women - their strengths, determination and will to “not only survive but thrive” under the most challenging of circumstances throughout history. “Eternally Artemisia” hits issues from eras long past that are still unfortunat ...more
KathyNV
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Eternally Artemesia” is a sumptuous read, painting an inspiring and romantic depiction of the eternal journey of true love. Much of the history, art and some of the characters portrayed were real and Melissa Muldoon did a brilliant job of blending them onto the romantic canvas that makes this story fly! Her main characters are wonderfully developed. Maddie is so strong and her Matteo is the perfect counterpart. But the true star of this tale is Artemisia Gentileschi an artist I had never heard ...more
Marci Dodson
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Eternally Artemisia is a wonderful novel, set in Italy and full of the beauty of the country, its culture, its cities, its history, its language and, of course, its art. Through an innovative storyline, this book shows us the current-day and historic importance of Artemisia Gentileschi, a respected but rare female artist of the Renaissance. The author does this artfully herself, by telling us stories of people deeply affected by the artwork and courageous life of Artemisia, and by seamlessly tak ...more
Liza Cordero
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful journey

This book was a wonderful journey to Italy, through time, and space. It is a wonderful take on reincarnation and how lovers find each other again every time they are reborn. I love the added element of the friendship and support of women to empower each other. Every woman should internalize Artemisia’s message, you are not inferior to man. Though they may try to put you down, believe in yourself and thrive. A great moral lesson!
Windell Beaird
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hauntingly beautiful... Timeless in it's approach!!!

A love story told across time through the eyes a true artist. This book celebrates the lives of extraordinary women who were game changers in real life. This author proves her talent across genres and leaves one inspired to make their mark as well. Bravo Ms Muldoon!!!
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Catherine
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring!

This story grips you from the moment you start reading. I loved how Melissa took a true story from the past and weaved it into a tale that everyone nowadays can enjoy. A suspenseful romance with an inspiring message.

You know, it kind of reminds me of outlander so if you like that series you should give this one a try too.
Pat Backley
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A joy to read,

This book is a joy to read.
A cleverly woven story, I loved the way it flowed easily from one time zone to another.
“She was remembering things as if she had re-booted her internal computer and old data bits”
I also loved her descriptions of Florence and Venice, both cities I love.
Misty
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Eternally Artemisia—some loves, like some women, are timeless by Melissa Muldoon was a great read. The author did a great job in capturing the time period while also keeping the story interesting. I liked how the book showed strong female characters in a manner that showed their ability to united, live, and love.

Deanna Martinez-Bey
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First, I would like to say that I LOVE your cover!
As always, Melissa Muldoon transported me into her world. If you want to read a book that takes you away to another place and time, I recommend this book.
K.D. Bond
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I really enjoyed this novel. I will certainly look up more work from this author in the future. Highly recommended.
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