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Monday, 1 June 2009

Marina Fiorato - The Madonna of the Almonds



This is the second novel for Marina, after her very successful Glassblower of Murano ( see review below). This time the book is a straight historical novel. I really enjoyed it and would really recommend this as a holiday read this summer. It is a fictionalised account of how Amaretto may have been invented!

In the story a young widow in 1525, coming to terms with her loss and the realisation that she has an estate but no funds. Into her life comes a talented painter Bernadino, and a love story begins.

This would also make an interesting book group book, not least as it would be an excuse to sample Amaretto? Also it touches on themes of war, love, anti-semetism, and art.

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