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Pauline Montagna was born into an Italian family in Melbourne, Australia. After obtaining a BA in French, Italian and History, she indulged her artistic interests through amateur theatre, while developing her accounting skills through a wide variety of workplaces culminating in the Australian film industry. In her mid-thirties, Pauline returned to university and qualified as a teacher of English as Second Language, a profession she pursued while completing a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing. She has now retired from teaching to concentrate on her writing. She has published two books, The Slave, an historical romance set in Medieval Italy and Suburban Terrors, a short story collection
on March 15, 2014 :
Here is a beautifully written tale with a riveting story-line depicting fourteenth century Italy in a time of upheaval. It is fascinating and clearly well researched with a sense of history as the characters develop within the confines of their social structure.
The high-born Aurelia, married off by her family to Lorenzo (a man with wild needs), finds her life in turmoil. The Asian slave, Batu, becomes her friend and rescuer but they suffer the expectations of their time. Despite all odds they find their place in a medieval Italian world. The imagery is well-defined and the voice articulate and I was fully involved in the story from start to finish.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)