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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written book, 18 Jan 2010
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This review is from: The Sonnet Lover (Paperback)
At first I nearly gave up on this book. The protagonist of the story is a lecturer in America, Rose Asher. Then one of her students fell down a building and everybody insists it was suicide, but she thinks otherwise. Her student claims to have made a major discovery about Shakespeare and his 'dark lady'. Then Rose gets an offer to go to a villa/academy in Tuscany (where she had been studying 20 years ago and got her heart broken by an Italian) for some work during the summer months, which she takes up, and while there discovers what really happened to her student.

The start of this book was extremely slow to the point of, as already mentioned, me nearly tossing it aside, but I persisted and was glad I did. It wasn't until our heroine went to Italy that the book came alive - the descriptions were very vivid and although I've never been to Italy, it made me feel like I was there. The book is beautifully written but is written in the present tense, which I personally do not like. This, and the slow start, are the reasons that the book is only getting four stars, but apart from this it was a pretty good book, and I will definitely read some of the author's other books.
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