How is that for a catchy blog title?
Something about a virgin, will always catch your attention
(and provide for some interesting google searches)
I am so excited to share this story with you.
I have a friend who has published her first novel ~ and it is ReALLy GooD.
I couldn't wait to download it ~ and spent the weekend wrapped up in a story about 15th century Italy.
"I first visited Perugia in June 2007 and I fell in love with the city on my first day
there. Of course, the city got a grip on my heart within that first day . It has some wonderful art (and almost every work I
described in my novel is still there to be seen and enjoyed.) I loved the
medieval atmosphere, the architecture, the churches, and, of course, the
fantastic food and wine"
The novel leads us through the relationship of a priest and his students, both of whom work in their family's business. I wondered how Sandra came to write a novel about a textile maker . . .
"I had begun to collect beautiful, hand-woven table
runners from Perugia. These were produced by a young woman named Marta Cucchia,
who is struggling very hard to keep her family's workshop in Perugia alive,
while also preserving something of the Umbrian craft of weaving."
"From a beautiful table runner . . .the idea for a novel began to unfold: the story of a
young weaver in Perugia, during the time of the Renaissance, who yearns to do
something special just once in her life. She wants to create, with her loom, a
work of great beauty. To leave her mark in the world"
"The first piece I bought from Marta was a beautiful table runner covered with scarlet
griffins and the Latin motto: 'Per ardua ad astra' which translates roughly as:
'Only through adversity do we reach the stars.'
This quote is in the novel ~ I loved it then, and appreciate it even more now.
these women from real life. Most of my friends are very strong, determined
women, who support each other in so many ways.
I firmly believe that women's friendships are crucial to our well-being,
for so many reasons, and I wanted to bring that out"
"And, of course, my friend Letizia Mattiacci (who is from
Perugia) is an inspiration. She is a very proud, determined Italian woman, who
is running a wonderful bed-and-breakfast in the hills above Assisi"
The book is available on-line through Amazon.com for your kindle or e-reader. Download it today for a cozy weekend of reading . . . or share it with your bookclub.
You can also follow mi amici Sandra's life in Rome on her blog Leaping Without A Net .
I'm looking forward to sharing a glass of wine with her in May and discussing her next novel.
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