Francesca By Bertrice Small, Francesca 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
  • Title: Francesca
  • Author: Bertrice Small
  • ISBN: 9780451413734
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • Francesca By Bertrice Small, 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, latitude in chooNew 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, 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.Furious 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.
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    1. Bertrice Small

      Bertrice Williams was born on December 9, 1937 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, the daughter of Doris S and David R Williams, both broadcasters She studied at Attended Western College for Women and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School On October 5, 1963, she married George Sumner Small, a photographer and designer with a History Major at Princeton They had a son Thomas David She lived on eastern Long Island for over 30 years Her greatest passions were her family Finnegan and Sylvester, the family cats Nicki, the elderly cockatiel who whistles the NY Mets charge call her garden her work, and just life in general.Published since 1947, Bertrice Small was the author of over 50 romance novels A New York Times bestselling author, she had also appeared on other best seller lists including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and the L.A Times She was the recipient of numerous awards including Career Achievement for Historical Romance Best Historical Romance Outstanding Historical Romance Series Career Achievement for Historical Fantasy a Golden Leaf from the New Jersey Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America an Author of the Year 2006 and Big Apple Award from the New York City Romance Writers chapter of RWA, and several Reviewers Choice awards from Romantic Times She had a Silver Pen from Affair De Coeur, and an Honorable Mention from The West Coast Review of Books In 2004 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by ROMANTIC TIMES magazine for her contributions to the Historical Romance genre And in 2008 she was named by ROMANTIC TIMES along with her friends Jennifer Blake, Roberta Gellis and Janelle Taylor, a Pioneer of Romance.Bertrice Small was a member of The Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, PAN, and PASIC She was also a member of RWA s Long Island chapter, L.I.R.W and is its easternmost member on the North Fork of Eastern Long Island.

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    1. After the scandal in Venice, Francesca is sent back home to Florence, to find a husband there But she scorns away all her suitors, determined to never marry Which is just not done for a lady in the 1400 s in Italy She is 15 already, and almost to old to be married So when the invite comes from the Duke of Terreno Boscoso to spend some time at his country and get to know his son, Francesca wants to refuse Her father doesn t allow that, as his friend and benefactor, the great Lorenzo de Medici is [...]

    2. REVIEW 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 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 [...]

    3. Another wonderful read for this avowed Bertrice Small fan Her books are a combination of historical fiction, swashbuckling romance, purple prosed bodice rippers and feminist girl superhero fare If that doesn t sound appealing to you, I wouldn t blame you But for me, she is IT Francesca takes Small away from her usual stomping grounds of medieval and Tudor era English and Scottish courts into the charming world of the Medici era Italian city states, where there were as many dukedoms and principal [...]

    4. While Bianca was rash and yes Francesca despite being a spoiled brat at first did some rash Bianca ish things running around and escaping from her obligations and responsibilities for fear of not being loved when it was time to marry Rafaello, she comes to her senses and read well into my review because the author unlike many authors nowadays, has been writing for many years therefore she has a lot of experience and her writing has only gotten better.She writes within the perspective of those t [...]

    5. No Just No While the book started off as a guilty pleasure it quickly deescalated into horribly written sex scenes and an excuse to use exclamation points than are needed I usually don t read romance novels however I love the concept being very romantic at heart Smalls seemed to rush through this book in order to drain whatever use she could from a frustrating female protagonist Oftentimes, the words used were repetitive and while the main heroine protested loudly about wanting to be that beau [...]

    6. I just adore Bertrice Small She weaves a tale of love, betrayal and history with such vivid imagery Her stories just suck you in I can almost smell the succulent dinners, feel the fabric of the elaborate skirts and feel the sweet kissese just immerses you into her world Francesca was a good edition, though not her best.

    7. I received a free edition at the RT Booklover s Convention 2015 in Dallas Bertrice Small is a romance writing legend I consider her historical romances as the bread and butter of the romance novel section in any bookstore Small s attention to every detail from every button and pleat on a duchessa s riding habit to every spice in every dish served at the bridal banquet are detailed to paint a rich picture the reader can immerse themselves within Francesca is no exception Francesca is the second b [...]

    8. God love an old school Renaissance era romance novel I m not saying I liked it or it was great I m saying it took me back to the late 1970s when as a 13 year old reader, I pored over every detail of the ball gowns worn and the 15 course meal eaten, lol birds stuffed inside other birds, candied flowers, etcToday writers are encouraged to not spend paragraphs on relentless detail like this, because it supposedly slows down the story, disrupts the flow, the action But Bertrice Small, or her ghostwr [...]

    9. Francesca was the perfect second story after Bianca Her stubbornness, strength, and logical mind was an asset, making her situation believable There is the major twist regarding Rafaello, and I was grinning for five minutes while reading I absolutely didn t see it coming no spoilers, though I thought the amount of romance ie, sex was perfect, not too much to distract from the flow, and just spicy enough In a perfect world, I would have changed the ending a bit, that is what is holding me back fr [...]

    10. The second in the Silk Merchants Daughters was so much better than the 1st It started out slow but once Francesca arrived at the Dukes home it was great Plot twists several times where you don t know where the story will go or who will show up Ending wasn t what I had expected but I think Small did a great job wrapping up the lives of all in a great way.

    11. It was quite realistic in a sense but still thoroughly enjoyable I ll admit Francesca irritated me a bit but sigh i had to constantly remind myself she was 15 years old I think that maybe at least in the beginning that Rafello was too concerned about her sensibilities but all in all i enjoyed it

    12. A good historical romance with lots of events but the first half moved kind of slow and was mostly predictable The second half picked up and some parts were rather surprising but I did not like the ending Francesca is one of three maidens selected as potential bride for Rafaello.

    13. I did not like this as much as the first book in the series, Bianca However, Small did something she hasn t in quite some time added a mega dose of history and political intrigue I like it

    14. 2 starsThis series is proving to be really boring Not as exciting as theBorder Chronicles or World of Hetar.

    15. I didn t think it was possible to dislike a Bertrice Small book, but I hated thus one I think I ll just re read her Skye IMalley books.

    16. Two thumbs up Just as spellbinding as its predecessor Bianca, a great read Now on to the third in the series, Superb writing

    17. I started enjoying the characters in this story and their dilemmas The main character Francesca really got to me annoyed she was so stubborn All the decision she made got me very upset.

    18. Quick read during my Winter Break Mindless entertainment with strong female protagonist Predictable twist with the mysterious male huntsman I liked it

    19. I love the style in which Bertrice Small writes She s an excellent historical fiction author, her attention to detail is flawless I loved this book, I love all her books and look forward to .

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