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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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Enjoyed and learned

I was very entertained by the story and enjoyed learning about certain aspects of life in Italy as a painter. I learned more about the Black Plague. Definitely had my attention from beginning to end!

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Thoughtful historic fiction

Story was interesting and I always finish a novel once started, however the reader's voice annoyed me to no end. It was almost a whine. My ancestors are from Luca and most things Tuscan are appealing to me so I read the printed word when I could and only listened to the whine when I was indisposed.

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Good listen until the very end

Not only an abrupt end but one that made no sense to this listener. A soul attached to a picture reaches across centuries and whispers a message???

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A romance for art lovers

Set in the 14th century, at the cusp of representational art and religious upheaval, this is about the struggle of a woman to manifest her talent and passion in the early renaissance. Detailed descriptions of the meticulous preparation and technique of painting are blended with the story elements. A good read and listening experience.

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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.

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Good read.

What did you love best about The Towers of Tuscany?

Description of cities and characters.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Ending seemed chopped off as if she suddenly ran out of material.

What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pleasant clear voice. Good accent on Italian words. Good character voices.

Who was the most memorable character of The Towers of Tuscany and why?

Sophia, she undergoes a change in her personal and emotional development. Then Francesco.

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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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  • Ros Kember
  • 12-09-16

THE BEST BOOK EVER ,EVEN WITH ITS SAD ENDING!!!

Loved. ,it , couldn't put it down! Will read it again & again

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-17

great performance!

ok story but great performance. Story line I felt was a little flimsy and unfinished but overall it was alright.