AUTHOR: Barbara Quick
GENRE: Young Adult & Historical Fiction
SETTING(S) : Italy, 14th Century
SUBJECT: Italian history, Women, Medical professions, Feminism and Cultural conflict
MAIN CHARACTERS: Alessandra Giliani, Nicco Gilani, Carlo Gilani and Otto Agenius Lustrulanus
SUMMARY: Alessandra is the eldest daughter of four. Her father is a 14th Century Italian who owns a well established Printing Firm. This has allowed her to be well educated and connected with a variety of books from all over the world. She wishes to pursue a career in medicine; where as her step mother has other plans. Her step mother plans to sending Alessandra away to marry a rich man where she can live fare away from the family she loves.
Alessandra finds herself on a journey to a convent where she is isolated until her wedding day. But with the help of her brother and recent apprentice of her father’s printing firm; she is able to escape the convent and pursue her life in medicine.
What will she encounter in this new city and study?
Will she find a new discovery in medicine or find true love?
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MY REVIEW: This was a great book to read. But it was a little slow at first but at a certain point I could not put it down. I would tell any teen to read it because it is about a girl discovering herself and trying to succeed in a difficult world.
What I thought was interest was reading the authors notes in the back of the book. That she did this to discover a lost heroine in Italian history that had been erased in the history books. What little clues she found; Allessandra’s love ones tried to keep her memory alive. That time was the only thing that could really destroy them.