SABINA: A Novel Set in the Italian Renaissance: Revised 2015

SABINA A Novel Set in the Italian Renaissance Revised Tuscany Impoverished and lacking a dowry Sabina s father forces her to marry Tommaso a rich Florentine merchant several years her senior Sabina s life changes drastically when she moves to bea

  • Title: SABINA: A Novel Set in the Italian Renaissance: Revised 2015
  • Author: C. De Melo C. De Melo
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Tuscany, 1477 Impoverished and lacking a dowry, Sabina s father forces her to marry Tommaso, a rich Florentine merchant several years her senior Sabina s life changes drastically when she moves to beautiful Florence, where a new humanistic movement is at its artistic peak She eventually befriends the powerful and intriguing Lorenzo de Medici, and begins to frequent theTuscany, 1477 Impoverished and lacking a dowry, Sabina s father forces her to marry Tommaso, a rich Florentine merchant several years her senior Sabina s life changes drastically when she moves to beautiful Florence, where a new humanistic movement is at its artistic peak She eventually befriends the powerful and intriguing Lorenzo de Medici, and begins to frequent the dazzling Medici court where she not only meets talented artists like Botticelli, but also Massimo Reni, whose charms and devilish good looks are hard to resist This exciting story covers the most incredible period of Florentine history from the lavish lifestyle of the Renaissance, to the fanatical rule of Savonarola, and finally the strategic restoration of Medici power via Grand Duke Cosimo I, this carefully researched novel will leave you breathless and wanting .

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    1. I almost did not read this book !The book cover is delightful , the introduction scholarly and promising of a wonderful journey through mediaeval Florence .Then I began to read and found myself face to face with Sabrina .Another selfish , rebellious , rude and repellant independent "nasty woman" . I had just finished suffering one of those through out another novel , frowned and deleted Sabrina .Luckily though , having found the novel downloaded to another device , I decided to give Sabrina a ch [...]

    2. Romance and Fantasy for Cosmopolitan GirlsAmbientata nel ‘400 sullo sfondo di una Firenze al massimo dello splendore sia artistico che politico, la storia di Sabina ci porta indietro nel tempo fino ai fasti della corte dei Medici.La protagonista, già in giovane età, dimostra di essere diversa dalle altre donne dell’epoca. In confronto alla sorella, per esempio, Sabina risulta solare e intraprendente; ama la vita in tutte le sue sfaccettature e vuole viverla giorno per giorno. Innamorata de [...]

    3. If you have been to Florence, Italy and/or love the city or want to know more about its history before your first visit - SABINA is an appreciated addition to "books to read" on Florence. De Melo's book is full of story - gives background to the state of women in the 15th century, politics, superstitions, various generations and more. Enjoyed it all.

    4. Drivel. I couldn't finish it, The writing is unsophisticated and it reads like a young woman's diary rather than a novel of any import.

    5. So richly detailed and easy to read and to understand. Sabina is a woman I wish I could be. The characters were believable and I loved and hated the characters. A well deserved 5/5 stars from me.

    6. Good tale! Expansive story encompassing the Renaissance and Italy. Wonderful character development!I finished and, for the first time in my life, I started it again and am enjoying it as much as the first read!

    7. Smart, Sumptuous Historical Fiction Written by an Art HistorianI’m not surprised to read that Sabina is being translated by an Italian publisher, given the book’s historical accuracy and engaging storytelling. The fact that the author is an Art Historian who has lived in Florence for many years, and has led gourmet food and wine tours throughout Tuscany, gives the story credibility – something certainly lacking in many historical novels.Each page feels like elaborate brocade. From the desc [...]

    8. This story about Sabina Rossi is quite well written. It takes on the trails and tribulations of Sabina's life. We also get to see her daughter and grand daughter in the story. I really wish I could add the cover to the description on because I think it is rather cool. We get to see Mendi, Sabina's crow. Probably because I love the time period of the Italian Renassiance, I have added Italy to my travel places.As many books have their setting in Venice, this was nice to read about Florence, with [...]

    9. I liked that this book took us from the important time, to the heroine's death. I feel like there was a conclusion to this in that life ended. It was a powerful take from a woman's perspective during this time. I love historical fiction and this did not disappoint. She truly was a survivor and I enjoyed seeing this time period from someone so determined to live. She was a badass. The writing wasnt anything stellar-- BUT it was just solid, great storytelling. It was focused, it didnt wander, it w [...]

    10. I like the book, but I feel like I missed something in the Sabina/Massimo 'great love story' that made the latter part of the book not seem to make sense to me. Maybe it was that Sabina always seemed to be in her version of love so i missed that Massimo was supposed to be different. Otherwise, I'm traveling to Italy soon, and it was great historical background for the trip. It's very well written with lots of detail.

    11. Nice try, and a UMass almna, but Sarah Dunant did a similar story better in The Birth of Veunus. In this book it's all too convenient --- she has three partners until she finally gets pregnant with her second husband, except it's a daughter, so she has to go back to Florence, etc. etc. Too contrived.

    12. Well Written and Well ToldI enjoyed this book very much. Spanning many years in the life of an unusual woman during the 1500's in Florence,, the author weaves her story in what seems to be historically accurate events from as much as I know. Sabina's suffering and ultimate triumph was inspiring.

    13. Engaging Few historical novels are written about this time span in Italy (Florence's) history. This one encompassed a lot but to me felt a bit rushed at various point and most definitely at the end - a desire to have everything wrapped up in a bow, when I think it could have been expanded and made a good read, great.

    14. Century novels 1400's at its bestCentury novels, 1400's at its best. Is aught out a period story for this read. Being that I very much enjoy Florence and The Tuscany area of Italy. It was the perfect setting for this multi generational story.

    15. Enjoyed this book so very much!Brava!!! I Feel as though I have been living in Florence for the past few days reading this book. I recommend this to anyone looking for a well written, enlightening and historical story!

    16. I picked up "Sabina", because I enjoy historical novels about Italy. This novel covers many years in the life of Sabina. I enjoyed most of the plot, although the section on the priest and her daughter was too far fetched. Not the best historical novel I have ever read but not the worst.

    17. Don't miss this one!A great book from start to finish with historical references throughout. Sabina's life from youth to old age.Highly recommended!

    18. Excellent readCaptivating. I enjoyed the characters, the settings, the suspense and story line. Would recommend to historical novel readers like me.

    19. A shallow talethis historical novel was short on history and long on uninteresting detail. it was very long to a fault. writing was sophomoric.

    20. A wonderful storyI enjoyed the story, the writing style and the descriptions of the time period. I will be passing this book onto others to read.

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