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Bianca: The Silk Merchant's Daughters

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Florentine silk merchant Giovanni Pietro d?Angelo and his wife want nothing more than to marry their daughters to wealthy men of distinction. But when their son is implicated in a tragic accident, it is their eldest daughter, Bianca, who must pay the price?by marrying the powerful and debauched Sebastiano Rovere in exchange for his silence.
 
Bianca flees the cruel union and seeks shelter in a seaside villa where she discovers the ...

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Overview

Florentine silk merchant Giovanni Pietro d’Angelo and his wife want nothing more than to marry their daughters to wealthy men of distinction. But when their son is implicated in a tragic accident, it is their eldest daughter, Bianca, who must pay the price—by marrying the powerful and debauched Sebastiano Rovere in exchange for his silence.
 
Bianca flees the cruel union and seeks shelter in a seaside villa where she discovers the possibility of love at last. But Florentine society will never approve of the man she’s chosen: Prince Amir, grandson of Mehmet the Conqueror.
 
Two passionate lovers. Two different worlds determined to keep them apart.

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Publishers Weekly
Renaissance Florence and Ottoman Turkey collide in the overwrought first Silk Merchant’s Daughters historical. Bianca Maria Rose Pietro d’Angelo, the 15-year old jewel of Florentine society, is bewildered when her father marries her to Sebastiano Rovere, a prominent lawyer two decades her senior, to save the family’s reputation. Sebastiano rapes Bianca on her wedding night and displays other shocking depravities. She eventually escapes, staying hidden while demanding an annulment and becomes friends with Amir ibn Jem, an antiques merchant and the grandson of the Ottoman sultan. After Sebastiano’s death, Bianca and Amir want to marry, but the Pietro d’Angelos can’t accept a Christian woman marrying a “heathen” and separate them. The lovers run away to Constantinople, where Bianca adjusts (with superhuman speed) to harem life and Turkish politics. Exquisite historical detail brings every moment vividly to life. Small describes violence as intimately as passion, and readers may hurry past the scenes of brutality while lingering over Bianca and Amir’s tender love scenes. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg, the Ethan Ellenberg Agency. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451237958
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Silk Merchant's Daughters Series , #1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 337,702
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bertrice Smallhas written thirty novels of historical romance and two erotic novellas. She is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of numerous awards. In keeping with her profession, Bertrice Small lives in the oldest English-speaking town in the state of New York, founded in 1640. Her light-filled studio includes the paintings of her favorite cover artist, Elaine Duillo, and a large library—but no computer as she works on an IBM Quietwriter 7. Her longtime assistant, Judy Walker, types the final draft. Because she believes in happy endings, Bertrice Small has been married to the same man, her hero, George, for thirty-eight years. They have a son, Thomas, a daughter-in-law, Megan, and two adorable grandchildren, Chandler David and Cora Alexandra. Longtime readers will be happy to know that Nicki the Cockatiel flourishes along with his fellow housemates, Pookie, the long-haired greige and white, Honeybun, the petite orange lady cat with the cream-colored paws, and Finnegan, the black long-haired baby of the family, who is almost two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Ehhh-not worth the price

    I love most of Bertrice Small's work, but this just had the feel of being rushed. There was conflict in the beginning, but remained pretty boring throughout. I hope she developes her other storylines for this novel series ALOT more as otherwise I won't be interested in seeing how this family developes.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    She,s done it AGAIN!

    As with all mrs Small's books, this is a fabulous read! She's captivated me from the first of her books to this most recent. Well written with sneak peeks into carachters from the Kadin. Loved reading it from first page to last. Well done Bertice one more book to show your mastery at writing.
    Your devoted fan for life!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Another Winner!!!!

    I am a huge fan of Mrs. Small. I have read all of her books and noone can write like her. This book does not disappoint. It has it all. Can't wait for the next one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    If you're a Bertrice Small fan, this is a must read!

    Bianca is a book that will make your heart race in all the right ways. There's action and suspense. Its so well written that you feel like you're actually living through the scenes. If you're new to Bertrice Small, welcome to her fan club (you will definitely want to read everything she has ever written). If you're already an addict of her literature (such as I am), you will appreciate that although Bianca was written years later, it is set as a prequel to the Kadin! HAPPY READING EVERYONE!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Just ok

    Paid 9.99 for a very rushed and predictable book, waste of my time and I usually like her.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Amazing

    Bertrice Small is an amazing writer I can never put her books down and read them over and over snd over until they are tattered !!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Another Winner!!!

    Mrs. Small has done it again! Not only has she started a new series, but we also meet some old friends from her earlier books. You won't be disappointed, and if you're like me, you'll be waiting on pins and needles for FRANCESCA to come out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    LOVE...LOVE....LOVED IT!!!!

    Once again Bertrice Small did not disappointment me!! Read the 3 book series in 1 1/2 weeks and I am anxiously waiting for the last book to come out this fall!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    highly recommended

    like most of bs books full of lust love and happily ever after a romping good read I really love her books glad to see a new series because I know others will be close behind and she never dissapoints

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