Sofia is trained in secret as a painter in her father's workshop during a time when women did not paint openly. She loves her work, but her restless spirit leads her to betray her extraordinary gifts to marry a man who comes to despise her for not producing a son.
After Sofia's father is crushed by his own fresco during an attack motivated by a vendetta, Sofia realizes she must escape her loveless marriage. She flees to Siena, where, disguised as a boy, she paints again. When her work attracts the notice of a nobleman who discovers the woman under the dirty smock, Sofia is faced with a choice that nearly destroys her.
Meticulously researched settings and compelling characters are united with a strong heroine in this rich portrait of medieval Italy.
©2014 Carol M. Cram (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"I enjoyed this story."
I was not sure if I would like this audiobook, but I ended up really getting into it. Very good story.
Description of cities and characters.
Ending seemed chopped off as if she suddenly ran out of material.
Pleasant clear voice. Good accent on Italian words. Good character voices.
Sophia, she undergoes a change in her personal and emotional development. Then Francesco.
"could have been a lot better"
characters' dialogue is terribly dull, predictable and hard to listen to, as well as incredibly repetitive. Heroine is often obnoxiously stupid. the details on painting are the only redeeming qualities.. the narrator's nasal tone borders on whining.
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