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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755346297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755346295
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At times lyrical, the tale of Maddie's journey will charm those who are enraptured by the Tuscan mystique." --"Booklist"

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Millie Stephens on 24 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up at the airport and have not stopped raving about it since I put it down.

It is an elegantly told tale set in two time periods telling the trials and tribulations of clearly related females in stunningly described Tuscany. Hardie writes expertly of the pain and loss that one of her heroines, Maddie, suffers at the loss of her fiance and in effect the emergence of this individual from personal Winter to Spring in the subtlest of ways. She captures the machinations of her painted characters like few authors in this often haphazardly-written genre do, writing on several levels with nuances that symbolically range from Keats to the Wizard of Oz, all expertly woven and ensuring an enjoyable read on the simplest and most complex of levels.

I see that the two time periods have divided critics here somewhat, which I suppose is natural, I preferred the modern story as the legal case was gripping with politically piquant shades of the Erin Brockovich, which I loved. But the medieval story was beautifully constructed and it is clear that the author is in her element in this landscape triumphing the strengths of the female without being censorious or alienating to any male audience - I have already forced it on my partner.

All in all I found it beautifully written and gripping, obviously in some places more than others, and gladly recommend it to all those who enjoy the genre and even those who like to be challenged intellectually by what they read and would thus ordinarily discount such a novel. I am off in search of Hardie's other work.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By PW on 20 July 2011
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Having read the previous novel by Titania Hardie, I knew i would be in for a treat for the senses. It's just as filmic as The Rose Labyrinth, taking in Oxford, San Francisco and Italy, as well as having a foot in the fourteenth century and legends of witches, evil overlords and world changing events. What I was unprepared for was the graphic, hard hitting twists and turns (no spoilers here) that affect the lives of both the leading females. It's a brave author who writes about death, murder and the most devastating disease ever to hit mankind and set them against such beauty and female solidarity. Also, to take the works of Keats as inspiration is likewise to swim in dangerous waters. As you have probably guessed by my rating, I feel the author does both of these admirably; it's a book that teaches a great deal (you will find that so much of the novel is based in fact if you dig deep enough to wikipedia and beyond) but it is the female characters and their experiences that shine through. I especially recommend it to anyone who has ever lost their other half, or is still optimistic enough to be looking...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Oct. 2011
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Madeline Moretti is a lawyer in San Francisco. Her father's family is Italian and Madeline is very close to her grandmother Isabella. When tragedy strikes and Maddie finds herself sunk in grief for her dead fiancé Chris, her grandmother encourages her to spend some time in Tuscany discovering her roots. But Maddie is closely involved in a complex legal case against a large company and the effects of its working practices on the health of its employees.

Interwoven with Maddie's story and her fight not to be overwhelmed with grief for Chris is the story of Mia, a girl who loses her ability to speak in fourteenth century Tuscany and her friendship for a young woman who arrives as a pilgrim at the door of the manor house Mia shares with her aunt. This is a dense slow moving story written on many levels. Past and present connect and events in the present reflect those in the past. Corporate power and its misuse have always been around in one form or another and women trying to carve out meaningful lives for themselves against all the odds are also a universal motif.

I felt the story flagged a little at times though I loved the time Maddie spent in Italy and felt the author brought it vividly to life. I was not so enthralled by the fourteenth century story unfortunately and felt it dragged a little. I did think the connections between past and present were well done and very subtle at times so that I only appreciated some of them when I was thinking about the book after I had finished reading it.

I was totally hooked by the last one hundred and fifty pages and was moved to tears by some of it. The writing is poignant and all the better for not being overdone and sentimental.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Benson on 26 Dec. 2012
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A wonderful read... a beautifully woven story spread across the globe and through time. Pure escapism, completed with bittersweet satisfaction
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I have been "lost" in this book for days! What an amazing piece of writing by this author who is new to me. I found this quite by accident and began to read while waiting for an Amazon delivery. I then found I couldn't do much else for days! It sweeps the reader away through history with the most sensory writing, wonderful sense of place and both stories, past and present held my interest throughout which sometimes is not the case with duel time spans. It conjurs up all sorts of questions as you reach further into this tale and although some of the content is quite hard hitting at times I felt this author mixed that with her beautiful prose so well she deserves far more than five stars for this. It incorporated all my favorite things and I have to admit to now wanting to go to see this magical place for myself! What a wondeful novel to lose yourself in and I am now off to read The Rose Labyrinth, her debut novel which I sourced here on Amazon. Highly recommended.
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