In this sweeping new series of Renaissance Italy,
Bertrice Small does it again with all the passion and historical
splendor that has captured the imagination of her legion of
After her two elder sisters become the scandals of Florence,
Lucianna Pietro d'Angelo is in the difficult position of finding a
wealthy man who will have her for his wife. She has little choice
but to accept the proposal of an aging booksellera not entirely
disagreeable union in which Lucianna comforts the dear man in his
final years. When he passes away, she inherits his shop and, with
it, a sizable fortune.
Lucianna is content with comfortable widowhooduntil Robert
Minton, Earl of Lisle, visits her bookshop. The Englishman is not
only dashing and handsomehe's a trusted courtier of Henry
The Pietro d'Angelos cannot deny the spark of attraction between
their daughter and the earl, so they scheme to send her to London.
There, Lucianna steps out of the shadow of her quiet Florentine
life, pursuing a love of which she never dreamed and rising in
London society all the way to court of the new Tudor king.