In 1700s Venice, Luisa, Anetta and Rosalba live in an orphanage, renowned for its musical program. Antonio Vivaldi is their music tutor who prepares them for a concert that is often a way to attract a husband for one of the artists. But will the sheltered life within the orphanage prepare them for the outside world?
Category: Other 5 out of 5s
This is a novel that blends fact with fiction. A young woman is writing her Ph.D on both Daphne du Maurier and the Brontes. Daphne, famous for her memorable books — Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and The Birds, finds her life in a downward spiral after her marriage fails. She lives out the remainder of her life in Cornwall, and the researcher uncovers secrets that make this an enthralling mystery.
When Mala Ramchandin, suspected of murder, arrives on a stretcher at Paradise’s alms house, the only male nurse, Tyler, is given his first assignment. With Mala’s slow recovery, Tyler learns about her extraordinary life on the Caribbean island.
In the late 1800s with the support of her father, Mitza Maric leaves her Eastern European home to study physics and math at the Polytechnic in Zurich. She is the only woman in her class where only Albert Einstein, a young student, befriends her. Mtiza is ambitious and a gifted math student, but when she becomes pregnant, her dreams are slowly shattered.
This fascinating tale based on research, makes us question how much of Einstein’s discoveries are accredited to the wrong scientist?
In the 1930s, Nell is an anthropologist with a grant to study a New Guinea tribe. When Nell and her Australian husband, Fen and another anthropologist, Andrew find the group they want to study, Fen changes. He’s jealous that his wife has received the grant and he begins to break all the rules amongst the tribe. Nell grows wary of his behaviour, but not careful enough for what lies ahead.
Not only a great tale, but an interesting setting. In 2014 this book was nominated as one of the ten best books by the New York Times.
On a farm on the outskirts of a small French village, Framboise, the youngest of three children, survives with her mother by selling their produce on market day. Their father has already been killed in battle, and the Germans occupy the country. While her mother may be a great cook, she has an acid tongue when her eyes rest on Framboise.
What follows after a German soldier witnesses Framboise stealing an orange that turns the entire community against the family?
In 1947 when Charlotte’s mother escorts her across to Europe for a discrete abortion in Switzerland, Charlotte escapes on a train to London. She clutches an address in the hope of locating her childhood friend, cousin Rose, who disappeared towards the end of WW11 in France. But behind the door of the address she grips is a broken drunk of a woman and an ex con. Can they help her find her beloved cousin?
This is an exciting read made more fascinating by the author’s use of a number of real characters, women who acted as spies during WW1. As well, she wove real events into this well written fiction.