Monday, June 12, 2017

Mailbox Monday - June 12



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

What a difference a week makes. Last week was damp and rainy. Today is hot and sunny. They are talking record-breaking heat.

Last week was hectic with closings, soccer tryouts, and other end of school year stuff. I'm looking forward to heading to the Outer Banks soon. The pet sitters are all set and John Boy will be living here while we are away. I'm so eager to get away that I've already packed up my reading material. Plan to get some writing done too.

As for my mailbox, the second book in the Da Vinci's Disciples series arrived last week.


In a studiolo behind a church, six women gather to perform an act that is, at once, restorative, powerful, and illegal. They paint. Under the tutelage of Leonardo da Vinci, these six show talent and drive equal to that of any man, but in Renaissance Florence they must hide their skills, or risk the scorn of the city.

A commission to paint a fresco in Santo Spirito is announced and Florence’s countless artists each seek the fame and glory this lucrative job will provide. Viviana, a noblewoman freed from a terrible marriage and now free to pursue her artistic passions in secret, sees a potential life-altering opportunity for herself and her fellow female artists. The women first speak to Lorenzo de’ Medici himself, and finally, they submit a bid for the right to paint it. And they win.

But the church will not stand for women painting, especially not in a house of worship. The city is not ready to consider women in positions of power, and in Florence, artists wield tremendous power. Even the women themselves are hesitant; the attention they will bring upon themselves will disrupt their families, and could put them in physical danger.

All the while, Viviana grows closer to Sansone, her soldier lover, who is bringing her joy that she never knew with her deceased husband. And fellow-artist Isabetta has her own romantic life to distract her, sparked by Lorenzo himself. Power and passion collide in this sumptuous historical novel of shattering limitations, one brushstroke at a time.

An author friend of mine also sent me her next book to read to provide an endorsement.

That's it for me. Hope you have a blessed week.

7 comments:

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Enjoy your time away! I love the cupcakes in your background.

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

bermudaonion said...

Enjoy your book and your holiday!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Have a wonderful time away. The Outer Banks is on my travel bucket list!

Elizabeth said...

ENJOY your time away.

Love the cupcakes, and I am loving the hot temperatures. Last week it was pretty cold here for June.

Elizabeth
Silver's Reviews
My Mailbox Monday

Laura Fabiani said...

I've heard of Donna Russo's books. This one sounds like a book I would love to read. Enjoy!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone. We won't be leaving for a bit but I really am ready. What an exhausting year it has been so far.

Martha Eskuchen said...

I love that you have your reading material packed. Good to remember the important things. :-)
The Da Vinci's Disciples sounds very interesting. Have a good week and Happy Reading!