Secrets of the Tower: The great mystery and passionate romance behind the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Secrets of the Tower The great mystery and passionate romance behind the Leaning Tower of Pisa A richly drawn and absorbing novel of passion and power love and redemption that will captivate fans of Victoria Hislop Tracy Chevalier and Kate Furnivall Two women centuries apart bound together

  • Title: Secrets of the Tower: The great mystery and passionate romance behind the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Author: Debbie Rix
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A richly drawn and absorbing novel of passion and power, love and redemption that will captivate fans of Victoria Hislop, Tracy Chevalier and Kate Furnivall Two women, centuries apart, bound together by the secrets of one of the most iconic buildings ever created Pisa, 1999 Sam Campbell sits by her husband s hospital bed Far from home and her children, she must care forA richly drawn and absorbing novel of passion and power, love and redemption that will captivate fans of Victoria Hislop, Tracy Chevalier and Kate Furnivall Two women, centuries apart, bound together by the secrets of one of the most iconic buildings ever created Pisa, 1999 Sam Campbell sits by her husband s hospital bed Far from home and her children, she must care for Michael who is recovering from a stroke A man she loves deeply A man who has been unfaithful to her Alone and in need of distraction, Sam decides to pick up Michael s research into the Leaning Tower of Pisa Immersing herself in the ancient city, she begins to piece together the mystery behind the creation of the tower, and discovers the woman that history forgot Pisa, 1171 Berta di Bernardo, the wife of a rich merchant, sits in her chamber, dressing for a dinner party A gathering that will change the course of her life and that of a young master mason, Gerardo, forever A strong, intelligent woman, Berta s passion for architecture draws her to Gerardo As she embarks on a love affair, her maid Aurelia also becomes spellbound by the same man Yet for Berta, her heart s desire is to see the Tower built, and her determination knows no bounds What people are saying about Secrets of the Tower A wonderfully written novel definitely a book to add to your library Not only was it highly informative, but immensely entertaining Historical Novel Review Secrets Of The Tower is an enchanting, engaging tale that I recommend to anyone interested in Italian history and architecture, or just a good novel History and Other Thoughts The book is beautifully written and the Italian setting is perfectly drawn in both modern and historical settings, with sufficient detail to bring Pisa vividly to life, clearly by someone who loves it and knows it well this is a wonderful story Being Anne Reading Debbie had me completely transported back to 12th Century Pisa, and I loved every second of it The drama, secrets, and scandal, the lust, the love, the heartbreak, I was mesmerized This book is so soundly structured and beautifully written 5 5 stars Paris Baker s Book Nook The author has an incredible knack of bringing the characters to life I could picture the landscape and the lives being led in 12th century Pisa it felt like I was right there, experiencing everything A beautiful story from an exceptional new author it was hard to believe this is her debut as it is assuredly written and unfolds brilliantly towards a satisfying climax Renita D Silva Perfect historical fiction mixed with present day I can t say enough how much I enjoyed this book I gobbled it up over the afternoon and night Definitely want to read this author again Nik Book Lover Very absorbing with realistic characters the book is outstanding I cannot wait to see what Debbie writes next as I m sure it will be as brilliant as Secrets of the Tower I give this book 5 5 That Thing She Reads A fabulous read I loved this book so much so beautifully written.

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    1. Simpering garbage. DNF.Additionally, in her notes at the end, the author says she was determined to get the historical backdrop as accurate as possible as 'there's nothing worse that finding anachronistic anomalies in a historical novel.' Hmm. So it's ok for a 12th century character to say 'ok' is it?

    2. Λοιπόν… δεν είμαι σίγουρη το πώς με έκανε να νιώσω αυτό το βιβλίο. Είχε ορισμένα στοιχεία που μου άρεσαν, αλλά την αμέσως επόμενη στιγμή ερχόταν ένα στοιχείο που δεν μου άρεσε και μου χαλούσε όλη τη συνταγή, καταστρέφοντας τις ισορροπίες. Η γραφή είναι αμήχανη και η ιστορία [...]

    3. An absolutely fabulous story that had me living and breathing Pisa. The author has woven a very clever tale about how the tower came about and created a convincing story about who might be the architect involved in designing the tower. Both parts of this amazing story, the one set in Pisa in the 12th century and the one at the end of the 20th century are described so beautifully that both settings came alive for me. Most of all, I loved Berta, Aurelia and Gerardo’s story. The parts switched se [...]

    4. This is a speculative historical fiction, which looks at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We begin in modern day with a woman who is almost convinced that her TV producer husband is seeing someone else, while she's had to leave her journalism career to raise their three kids. Then the husband has a stroke out in Pisa, where he's researching for a documentary, and his wife has to go to him.Next we see life in the Renaissance town of Pisa, a marshy place full of disease but on a good trade route. An arc [...]

    5. For many years my husband had a dream to visit Tuscany; I was willing enough, as I love seeing the world and I had not yet been to Italy. Finally, in 2012, we all went: my whole family, that is my husband, myself and our two adult children. It would be our last holiday together, as my husband’s health has since deteriorated so dramatically that he is now bedridden in a care home. And so my memories of the enchanting Tuscan landscapes and the beautiful cities we visited will always hold especia [...]

    6. Secrets of the Tower is a novel that captivates and intrigues and uses Pisa and its unique Tower as a backdrop to a fascinating and thoroughly entertaining tale.Recounted through narratives alternating between two different time periods, 12th century Pisa and the end of the 20th century, Debbie Rix manages flawlessly to capture the essence of both periods with vivid images and glimpses into the lives of both past and present day Pisa and its landscape, architecture, customs and inhabitants.It's [...]

    7. I loved the fascinating setting that Debbie Rix evoked in her novel - I knew nothing whatsoever of what life might be like in 12st century Italy and Rix has clearly done a huge amount of research for this book which sings confidently throughout its pages. The characters were wonderful, particularly that of the passionate and impulsive Berta and if I ever make it to Pisa (which I very much hope I will!), I will definitely re-read this book before going to make my visit more meaningful. I was real [...]

    8. Thanks Bookouture and netgalley for arcPerfect historical fiction mixed with present day. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this book. It had just the right mix of emotions, love scenes, history, and atmosphere. I gobbled it up over the afternoon and night. Definitely want to read this author again. Debbie Rix found a unique part of history to explore, and it was just right.

    9. “Secrets of the Tower is inspired by Debbie's own story: her husband, a television producer, had a stroke whilst making a film for Channel 4 about the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the 1990s. The novel also reflects her love of architecture - an interest which is hard-wired into her DNA as both her parents were architects. Many of the historical characters featured are based on real people”.Pisa is a city that is beautiful, ornate, and rich in history. It is home to some of the most magnificent a [...]

    10. I would like to say a big thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read this magnificent book in exchange of an honest review.Well, what can I say about this book? I love history, I love Italy, I love the Italian language and I love reading a good book with strong, believable characters. This book simply had the right mixture of ingredients for me. It is beautifully written with the past blended in nicely with the present. I couldn't ask for more.Who was the original designer of [...]

    11. What a wonderful book, with the balance just right between the historical and present day stories. I read it in a couple of enjoyable sittings.In 1999 Sam has come to Italy to the bedside of her unfaithful husband. He has had a stoke while researching a documentary about the leaning tower of Pisa and so she decides to use her time to continue his research after becoming increasingly fascinated by the mystery of who designed the tower.In the twelfth century Berta, married to a rich merchant, beco [...]

    12. Absolutely terrible. This book is proof that traditional publishing is doomed: this got by the self-styled 'gate-keepers' while doubtlessly thousands of well-researched and well-written novels are relegated to the slush pile.The writing is dismal. I can only assume that the author has never read anything about writing fiction, or perhaps any other novels. It's clumsy and stilted and relies on boring clichés. Particularly depressing is the depiction of modern Italians who are reduced to national [...]

    13. What a thoroughly beautiful read, took me away to 12th century Pisa, and the modern story was equally strong too. Proper review to follow

    14. I got offered a chance to review this book, and given that it was historical fiction, I grabbed it.I still find it difficult to believe that there was a time when I used to find history boring. I couldn't stand it, while in school. It took Philippa Gregory's books to make a convert of me.[image error]Two women, centuries apart, bound together by the secrets of one of the most iconic buildings ever created.Pisa, 1999Sam Campbell sits by her husband’s hospital bed. Far from home and her childre [...]

    15. Two women separated by time, experience the beautiful city of Pisa in a story which abounds with duplicity, passion and the temptation of marital infidelity. In 1999, Sam reacts to the news of her husband, Michael’s infidelity with sadness and confusion, which is made all the more poignant by discovering her husband has been taken seriously ill whilst making a documentary film about the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa.In twelfth century Pisa, Berta di Bernardo is the young, pampered wife of a ric [...]

    16. I had no idea until I picked this book up that there was so much mystery around just who really designed the tower. I walk away from this story with so much more knowledge about Pisa, Italy, its history and architecture, than I had before.But despite that awesome premise, I must confess I only made it to 65% before I had to just quit. Truth is, I wasn't enjoying the story. For me to enjoy a story I have to like and relate to its characters and while I could relate to the modern heroine, a wife a [...]

    17. This book has a dual narrative – set in 12th Century Pisa and modern day (1999). I loved the atmosphere of Pisa wrapped round you as you read. It’s somewhere I’d love to visit and I could really feel as though I was there, throughout the book. The two women in the book are bound by the history of the tower.Sam is devastated to hear that her husband has suffered a stroke whilst on a research trip in Pisa. She goes to his side- even though he’s been unfaithful. Whilst dealing with all the [...]

    18. I love books with facts that I can google to find out more. Secrets of the Tower is a fabulous story with the history of Pisa beautifully told.Sam’s husband, who is researching Pisa’s wonderful history, has had a stroke. Sam starts to read his notes and learns about Berta. Berta is remarkable, she is strong and fiesty, which in the 12th century was probably uncommon.Told in two time phases, this tale is captivating and fabulous.I must admit I am not a fan of historical novels but this one am [...]

    19. Enjoyable and engaging read, based on a possible theory into the mystery of who designed the Tower in Pisa, now known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The author has blended the past and the present cleverly, making clear links between the events and the characters, which provide the reader with a glimpse into events in the past and their lasting effect on the present. Some lovely descriptions of Pisa, both now and then, create a real sense of atmosphere that it is impossible to ignore and leave th [...]

    20. *A first read * A beautifully written book with a parallel between the historical and the present day. Two women, both with a passion for the Leaning Tower of Pisa. One to build it, the other to find out who was the force behind the tower and who designed it.The story takes us back in time and then back to the present in a seamless provocative way, enticing the reader with what will happen next. A passionate love story with tragedy weaving in and out of this romantic 12th century setting and mi [...]

    21. Simply ok.The history was very interesting but the writing was mediocre at best.Although I generally love a story flipping between two time frames I did not feel it worked with this book. The present century was simply not needed for this story.

    22. Bookouture are fast becoming one of my favourite publishers due to the wide variety of genres on offer. I don't think I have yet been disappointed with anything I have read by this innovative publisher. The Poet's Wife and The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q having been just two of their brilliant reads released in the past few months that I thoroughly enjoyed. So I looked forward to reading this debut historical fiction novel by Debbie Rix – Secrets of the Tower. This is a time slip novel and as [...]

    23. I was sent a copy of this book in return for my honest review. Many thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture.This is a beautifully constructed novel that alternates between the Pisa of 1999 and that of the 12th Century.1999 - Sam has rushed to Pisa to be with her husband Michael who has suffered a stroke while filming a documentary on the iconic ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa’. But she is conflicted: before he left, she discovered that Michael had been unfaithful to her, a matter that they had not had the c [...]

    24. I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.I have been to Pisa several times over the years, and I absolutely love the city and, of course, its wonderful monuments. So, when I read the blurb for this book, I was at once delighted and scared to see it was set in one of my favourite cities. But, to be honest, I was mostly scared, because in my experience, foreign writers setting their books in Italy tend to get our country very, very wrong. I often find my [...]

    25. Thank you to Debbie Rix and Bookouture for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.Whilst not usually a big reader of historical fiction, I thought this was a truly wonderful book! The story involves history, love, romance, betrayal, jealousy and tragedy, all packaged up in an incredibly beautiful and poignant tale. This is the story of the great mystery behind the leaning tower of Pisa. It is a fictional account based on factual evidence, tying the loose ends of his [...]

    26. Secrets of the Tower: The great mystery and passionate romance behind the Leaning Tower of Pisa by debbie rix THE BLURB Two women, centuries apart, bound together by the secrets of one of the most iconic buildings ever created. Pisa, 1999 Sam Campbell sits by her husband’s hospital bed. Far from home and her children, she must care for Michael who is recovering from a stroke. A man she loves deeply. A man who has been unfaithful to her. Alone and in need of distraction, Sam decides to pick up [...]

    27. Secrets of the Tower is built around the stories of two women, both with a passion for what became the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In the nineties, distraught after she’s told her husband has had a stroke while on a research trip in Pisa, Sam Campbell travels to be by his side and, in need of a distraction from the emotional strain, completes his research by piecing together the mystery behind the creation of the tower and discovering a woman history forgot. That woman is Berta di Bernardo, married [...]

    28. Secrets of the Tower by Debbie Rix is set partly in 1999 in Kent, England and Pisa, Italy and then it goes back to 1171. Sam is married to Michael and they have three children. Sam used to be a report on radio and then on television. Michael is a documentarian. Michael is in Pisa doing a film on the restoration of the Leaning Tower of Pisa as well as its background. Then Michael suffers a stroke. Sam flies to Pisa to be with him, but it is difficult since she just found out that Michael cheated [...]

    29. Originally posted on Paris Baker's Book Nook.Huge gratitude to the lovely Kim at Bookouture for providing me with a review copy of Secrets of the Tower, in exchange for an honest review.While Sam sits by her unfaithful husbands bedside in Pisa as he recovers from a stroke, she grows lonely and restless, away from her children and the role of Mother that has been all-consuming in recent years. She decides to busy herself by continuing on with Michael’s research about the Tower of Pisa, most spe [...]

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