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Beatrice returns to her home in the North and an unwanted betrothal.
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Award-winning historical fiction set in 16th-century venicebenjamin franklin digital awardippy Award for Best Adult Fiction E-bookNational Indie Excellence Award FinalistEric Hoffer Award FinalistShortlisted for the da Vinci Eye PrizeFrom the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice.
Venetian gondola-maker Luca Vianello considers his whole life arranged. One can literally smell and feel the grain of finely turned wood in her hands. Pamela sheldon johns, intrigue, family loyalty, author of Italian Food Artisans"Romance, pride, and redemption set against the backdrop of Renaissance Italy.
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She questions whether her heart’s desire is worth risking her family, and her future, a heroine with a lust for life, her trade, but Maria’s sacrifices may amount to nothing if the plague arrives on her father’s doorstep and steals away everything she’s ever loved…From the author of the award-winning The Gondola Maker comes a rich tale of Renaissance Venice, and love against all odds.
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But the encroaching black death foils her plans…when the painter’s servants uncover the real reason why Maria has been sent away to train with Master Trevisan, they threaten to reveal a secret that could tear down her family and the future of their trade. Maria bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father’s legacy as a master gilder.
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