Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind

A Novel
Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
3.1 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

History is story telling. But some stories remain untold.

In fifteenth-century Italy, Paolo Uccello recognizes the artistic talent of his young daughter, Antonia, and teaches her how to create a masterpiece. The girl composes a painting of her mother and inadvertently sparks an enduring mystery.

In the present day, a copyist painter receives a commission from a wealthy Chinese businessman to duplicate a Paolo Uccello painting. Together, the painter and his teenage daughter visit China, and in doing so they begin their escape from a tragic family past.

In the twenty-second century, a painting is discovered that's rumored to be the work of Paolo Uccello's daughter. This reawakens an art historian's dream of elevating Antonia Uccello, an artist ignored by history because of her gender.

Stories untold. Secrets uncovered. But maybe some mysteries should remain shrouded.

©2015 Anne Charnock (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Jaye22
  • 01-07-18

A touch incomplete

The idea of this book is good having 3 separate stories from different eras with a common link would probably play out better on film. For me the oldest section featuring Antonia Ucchello was the most interesting part. I enjoyed her Father Paolo teaching and explaining his process to her. It seems a shame that none of her works are known to have survived. I would have liked the book to have concentrated more on Antonia because the other two stories did not stand out as well. I could feel the Author Anne Charnock’s enthusiasm re the older story and I found myself looking forward to Antonia’s next section as I read & listened on.