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Father Furio Novia hates his employer, the Archbishop of Modena; almost as much as he hates Italian master sculptor, Antonio Lisi. When Novia discovers that Lisi uses his beautiful daughter’s likeness in nearly every figure he carves, the priest realizes he can make accusations to the Archbishop that the sculptor has an incestuous knowledge of his daughter, Anoria. Novia b ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 376 pages
Published June 4th 2010 by Lulu (first published March 15th 2010)
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Maria
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a spellbinding work of fiction. The characters come alive on the page and become real; the reader is a spectator watching their lives unfold. I feel like I know the little town of Resceto and would be able to find my way from Anoria's house to Pia and Tito's house. I could see the sculptures in the garden and in front of the church. In fact I would love to visit. When I reached the last page, I felt it was time to say goodbye to friends... I didn't want it to end. Anoria was so real and ...more
Darcia Helle
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Open this book and you're opening a door to the eighteenth century. You'll step into Anoria's world, where the best sculptors breathe life into the marble they carve. Anoria is the daughter of renown Italian sculptor Antonio Lisi. She has been raised amongst the beauty of marble. But she longs to touch the marble with her own hands and create her own beauty, a job that typically belongs to a man. Anoria is a modern day feminist. She knows no boundaries.

This story has many layers; love and relati
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Georgiann Hennelly
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Anoria is the daughter of a renown Italian sculptor. Antonio Lisi. She has been raised among the beauty of marble. Anoria longs to touch and create beauty with her own hands. She is a modern day feminist.When i started reading this story i felt as if i was experiencing life in this Italian village. There is many layers to this story,love, passion, relationships, humour, heartache, suspense, mystery and intrigue. This is one book i would diffently take with on a vacation, or just a long lazy week ...more
Sheri
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breathing into Stone (Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick)

Set in 18th century Italy in a small town, this is the story of Anoria Lisi and her father Antonio. Antonio is a talented sculptor, he is noted all over Italy. Anoria lost her mother at an early age and all she has is her father, he never allows her to watch him turn his marbles into masterpieces. But she is so curious.

He sends her to a family friends for a while there the wife becomes a mother figure and a mentor to young Anoria. Being sheltered her
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LAWonder10
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This was an interesting tale. I discovered how some artists and countries feel about sexuality however I disagrees with those philosophies.
This would not be recommended for YA audiences.
This was an informative story of stone masons dealing in marble and friends who own the local marble quarry.
How a talented, young woman also longed to be a part of that man's world.
This is also the story of a widowed father and his daughter's relationship plus the need for both male and female parents in a youth'
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Karen Klein
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If this book is as good as Caraliza, then I will be up very late tonight!
Well, I've finally finished and it was just as great as I thought that it would be. Loved Anoria and Pia! Maybe someday I will actually get to travel to Italy.............
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Joel lives with his lovely wife and two boys in Southwest Colorado. His first four published novels are: Harmony's Passing, Caraliza, Breathing into Stone, and Shared

His most recent work When America Slew Her King is a troubling look at America's own History, from use of the most incredible lie that can be told about it.