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Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
the story of the life of a mute young man and the fictional dogs his family bred and raised

Fair. Not a bad book, just not something I could honestly recommend to anybody.

Signora da Vinci by Robin Maxwell
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Romantic
Tread lightly.....walk heartily

Robin Maxwell's rendition of the life of Signora DaVinci is splendid. We have numerous opportunities to read about Leonardo DaVinci's life, but time seems to have forgotten his mother. Ms. Maxwell takes us through Signora DaVinci's life from the time she is a young girl, being raised by her alchemist father, through the better half of the 1400s, through her own experience with the terrors imposed on all who dared depart from the stringent "laws" and interpretations handed down by the Catholic church, the horrendous burning of prostitutes, homosexuals, intellectuals and researchers....much of the ugliest pieces of the Renaissance...and her own personal departure from the conventional. Alas, Signora DaVinci may have been one of history's original free-thinking women!

One may reasonably liken Ms. Maxwell's clever and innovative use of language - simple words - to weaving a brilliant multi-threaded tapestry. This tapestry has been formed by what Ms. Maxwell's research showed her what may have constituted the actual life of Leonardo DaVinci's mother.

Not a fan of historical writings, I actually dreaded even starting the arduous task of even beginning this seemingly dismal and dreary novel. Once I turned the first page I was captivated.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Fun, Interesting
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Not being a history buff even the slightest, I was reluctant to start this book; however it was my new book club's first selection, so I was committed.
Immediately after starting this book I was hooked. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows did a superb job of describing the lives of people who had survived the Occupation in mid-1940s...and some who didn't. Their brilliant work at bringing the reader into the lives of the residents of Guernsey, England was nothing short of captivating. They had me from the first paragraph. They introduce us to every-day, amazing folk whom we feel like we have known forever...or wish we could have met. I read this and felt like I. too, had been part of the community.

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