When 17-year-old Giulia, the orphaned, illegitimate daughter of a Milanese nobleman, learns she’s to be packed off to a life behind convent walls, she begs an astrologer-sorcerer for a talisman that will secure what she’s certain is her heart’s desire: true love and a place where she belongs. But does she really know the compass of her heart? The convent of Santa Marta is full of surprises, including a workshop of nuns who are creating paintings of astonishing beauty using a luminous blue mixed from a secret formula: Passion Blue. As Giulia’s own artistic self is awakened she’s torn: should she follow the young man who promises to help her escape? Or stay and satisfy her growing desire to paint?
This richly imagined novel of a girl’s daring journey towards self-discovery transports listeners into the fascinating world of Renaissance Italy where love and faith and art inspire passion - of many different hues.
©2012 Victoria Strauss (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I'm not sure how I'll feel once I get to the end, but the false accent added to all the dialogue is truly annoying. This accent would make sense if it took place in say England with Italian visitors, but it's Milan, for Pete's sake. Everyone is Italian, so the fake accents aren't needed. It makes it really hard to follow the story and at the moment I'm glad I didn't purchase the second in the series.
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