The Towers of Tuscany
The fabled Tuscan landscape in the turbulent fourteenth century provides the backdrop for a tale of unconquered passions and the triumph of the creative spirit. Set amid the twisting streets and sunlit piazzas of medieval Italy, The Towers of Tuscany tells the story of a woman who dares to follow her own path in the all-male domain of the painter's workshop. Trained in secret by her father to create the beautifully-crafted panels and altarpieces acclaimed today as masterpieces of late medieval art, Sofia's desire for freedom from her father's workshop leads her to betray her passion and sink into a life of loveless drudgery with a husband who comes to despise her when she does not produce a son. In an attack motivated by vendetta, Sofia's father is crushed by his own fresco, compelling Sofia to act or risk the death of her soul. The choice she makes takes her on a journey from misery to the heights of passion-both as a painter and as a woman. Sofia escapes to Siena where, disguised as a boy, she paints again. When her work attracts the notice of a nobleman who discovers the woman under the dirty smock, Sofia is faced with a choice that nearly destroys her. The Towers of Tuscany unites a strong heroine with meticulously researched settings and compelling characters drawn from the rich tapestry of medieval Italy during one of Europe's most turbulent centuries. The stylishly written novel is packed with enough twists and turns to keep readers up long past their bedtimes. Anne Fortier, author of the New York Times bestseller "Juliet" and "The Lost Sisterhood" calls "The Towers of Tuscany a delightful escape to the Siena we all love. Carol Cram has crafted a delicious story about a strong woman torn between her secret past, her love of painting and the forbidden charms of her rich patron. Hard to resist and highly recommended!" Roberta Rich, bestselling author of "The Midwife of Venice" and "The Harem Midwife" states that "The Towers of Tuscany has all the elements of a wonderful historical novel--a talented, frustrated heroine, a treacherous, feckless husband, and a promise to a dying, much loved father who orders the heroine on a dangerous mission. Carol is a first rate storyteller. The research is well done. Every chapter displays a fine knowledge of painting technique of the 14th century, and customs and mores of the age. The details of dress, fabric, food, are flawless. The clever dialogue and fast pace make the novel zing along."
- Paperback | 388 pages
- 137.16 x 213.36 x 27.94mm | 430.91g
- 19 Feb 2014
- New Arcadia Publishing
- Illustrations, black and white
About Carol M Cram
Before devoting herself full time to the writing of historical fiction, Carol enjoyed a career as an educator and is the author of numerous bestselling college textbooks for courses in computer applications and communications. In addition, she was on faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver for two over decades. As Vice President of Clear Communications Consultants, she facilitated numerous communications workshops for corporate and government clients. Carol holds an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. Carol is currently working on her next novel and compiling a collection of short stories. She lives on beautiful Bowen Island near Vancouver, BC, with her husband, painter Gregg Simpson. When she is not writing, Carol loves taking walks among the arbutus trees, dancing Nia, volunteering with the local arts council, and traveling.