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The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi: Book 1

byJacqueline Park

Paperback | November 15, 2014

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A sweeping saga of intrigue and romance set during the Italian Renaissance and told through the eyes of Grazia dei Rossi, a young Jewish woman torn between duty and forbidden romance, who wins our hearts with her recorded secrets of love.

Grazia dei Rossi, private secretary to the world-renowned Isabella d'Este, is the daughter of an eminent Jewish banker, the wife of the pope's Jewish physician, and the lover of a Christian prince. In a "secret book," written as a legacy for her son, she records her struggles to choose between the seductions of the Christian world and a return to the family, traditions, and duties to her Jewish roots. As she re-creates Renaissance Italy in captivating detail, Jacqueline Park gives us a timeless portrait of a brave and brilliant woman trapped in an unforgiving, inflexible society.

Jacqueline Park is the founding chairman of the Dramatic Writing Program and professor emerita at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Toronto.
Title:The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi: Book 1Format:PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.7 inPublished:November 15, 2014Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770898891

ISBN - 13:9781770898899

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautifully written book I read this 740 page book over a few days. It was hard to put down. It provides a glance of life during the middle centuries in Italy for Jews and Christians. A real delight!
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it All I can say is that this book is amazing. I would describe it more, but there aren't enough words good enough in the English language to tell you how great this books was. I loved it!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anxiously waiting for the third book in the trilogy! Both of these books are amazing,the story that is being told is just so interesting that I couldn't put it down,after I read the first book I couldn't wait to read the second and now I am in limbo waiting for the third to be written.The character of Gracia dei Rossi is such an intelligent and courageous woman whose spirit lives on through her son as you follow him through his adventures.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A meticulously researched tale of Renaissance Italy Finally! From international bestselling author, comes the sequel to The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi. I read and loved this book many years ago, and it was with great pleasure that I eagerly accepted both books to read and review. The most impressive thing of these two books is the meticulous research that Jacqueline Park did in order to write this wonderfully rich and comprehensive novel. She travelled throughout the country, researching not only the politics of 16th century Renaissance Italy, but church laws, Jewish history, fashion, food, and culture of the era. With such intensive research, she put together the story of a Jewish woman whose only legacy to her sole son is a book she wrote detailing her life. And what a sweeping story both books are! And there is a third book to come too! I highly recommend that you read the books in order so that you have a clear knowledge and understanding of the characters and their interactions with each other. The second book, The Legacy of Grazia dei Rossi follows the lives of the heroine's son and father who have fled Jewish persecution in Italy to the safety of Turkey and the Ottoman empire. Both books come complete with glossaries and author's notes. Both books give a realistic view of how Jews were vulnerable, how they were treated prejudiciously and unfairly, how they could lose all their posessions at the whim of others, and how life and death hung in the balance. Stirring, poignant, and beautifully told, I highly recommend this novel to those who love a good story while expecting the highest quality of historical detail. I eagerly await the third installment of the series, entitled Son of Two Fathers. A wonderful series to add to your historical library!
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secret Book of Grazia de Rossi A well written novel about a women's life during a difficult time in history. The use of actual historical events blended with the lives of the characters made for a compelling read. Worth picking up.
Date published: 2014-10-01