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I've been making up stories since I was a child, in fact my parents thought I would grow up to be a novelist, because I used to climb into their bed on Saturday mornings, aged three, and entertain them with long sagas about the adventures of my toys. My teachers were less impressed with my talent for fiction, probably because I wanted to write stories when they were looking for evidence that I understood facts. Most of my adult life has been devoted to practical things, teaching, organising people, being sensible, but now at last I have time to persue my interest in writing historical fiction.
on Jan. 28, 2014 :
Rosemary Sturge writes that her parents thought she would grow up to be a novelist. She has, in fact, and this brilliant historical novel is proof. Read it and you'll see and hear (and smell) early 18th century Venice and fall into the lives of orphaned or abandoned girls who become musicians trained by a genius named Vivaldi. I don't know if the details in this novel are fact or Sturge's imagination, but I don't care -- that Venice couldn't be anything else. There's a mystery, too, in which I was hooked when I read the first paragraph. This book, unlike most smashwords books, was a pleasure to read. And reread -- I already have.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)