FRANCESCA: THE SILK MERCHANT'S DAUGHTERS
BY BERTRICE SMALL 3.5 STARS
OVERVIEW (FROM AMAZON)
New York Times bestselling author Bertrice Small continues her
glorious historical-romance series featuring four sisters in Renaissance
Florence who have anything but marriage on their minds….
Giovanni Pietro d’Angelos selected his oldest daughter’s husband, and
the marriage proved to be a disaster. He offers to give his next oldest
daughter, Francesca, more latitude in choosing a husband than her sister
had. But the arrogant beauty has no desire to marry, and she drives
every potential suitor away.
The Duke of Terreno Boscoso seeks a
wife for his heir, Rafaello, and invites Francesca, along with several
other possible brides, to come meet him. Francesca’s parents think it’s a
good match, but she refuses to consider it until her father makes her a
promise: If he does not suit, you may return. She is therefore shocked
when, not long after they meet, Rafaello chooses her as his bride and
her parents agree to his proposal—without her consent.
and feeling betrayed, Francesca flees into the woods and takes shelter
at an inn. There, she earns her keep as a servant—and meets an unlikely
suitor who steals her heart. But the future remains uncertain for the
runaway bride, who is still promised to another.
I have read several of Ms. Small's books and I have to say they are wonderful reads. This book disappointed me just a little in that it was not romantic enough for me. Francesca and Rafaello just didn't seem to have enough time for a lot of romance. It was more like a reality. I like Ms. Small's books because it let's you get away from that reality. We have enough of that in our lives. You read a romance to be taken away from it all even if it's just for an hour or so. Another thing that disappointed me was what happened to Rafaello. I can't tell you. It might spoil your reading, but it's not what you want in a romance. The book spent more time on the Duchy instead of Francesca and Rafaello. The book was more a Historical read than romance. You could almost predict what was going to happen at first.. There were a few surprises but it ended in disappointment for me. I would recommend this book to any reader. Everyone has their own opinion on a book. Yours may be different and that's O.K. This won't keep me from reading Ms. Small's books. This one just wasn't for me.
I would give the book 3.5 STARS.
The cover is magnificent, 5 STARS.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, FRANCESCA: THE SILK MERCHANT'S DAUGHTERS BOOK 2 by Bertrice Small from Manic Readers for this unbiased review.
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