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|Title: Bitter Greens
Author: Kate Forsyth
Published: September 23, 2014 by St. Martin's Press
Synopsis: The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love
French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens...
After Margherita’s father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.
Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.
Award-winning author Kate Forsyth braids togetherthe stories of Margherita, Selena, and Charlotte-Rose, the woman who penned Rapunzel as we now know it, to create what is a sumptuous historical novel, an enchanting fairy tale retelling, and a loving tribute to the imagination of one remarkable woman.
Why I'm Waiting and Why You Should Be Too
If you follow me on Twitter, Goodreads, or have seen my YouTube videos you know, I am absolutely obsessed with this book. If you do follow me on all these places then you are probably annoyed with me for continuing to rave about this book. But you guys, I loved it that much. So allow me to once and for all (that's a complete lie, I will not stop praising this book) tell you why I love Bitter Greens.
I recieved a copy of Bitter Greens from St Martins (Macmillan) at BEA and I immediately had to start reading it. I had heard about this book about a year ago when I started watching BookTube videos and I knew it was a book I would love. And while I had high expectations this book exceeded them. It may be my favorite book of the year so far!
What are you waiting for this Wednesday? Leave me a comment with the book you are anticipating. Also let me know if you're as excited for Bitter Greens! Or if you're sick of hearing me continuously bookpushing it, let me know that too! Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!