Lucianna: The Silk Merchant's Daughters

Lucianna: The Silk Merchant's Daughters

by Bertrice Small
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Lucianna: The Silk Merchant's Daughters by Bertrice Small

In this sweeping new series of Renaissance Italy, Bertrice Small does it again with all the passion and historical splendor that has captured the imagination of her legion of fans….

After her two elder sisters become the scandals of Florence, Lucianna Pietro d’Angelo is in the difficult position of finding a wealthy man who will have her for his wife. She has little choice but to accept the proposal of an aging bookseller—a not entirely disagreeable union in which Lucianna comforts the dear man in his final years. When he passes away, she inherits his shop and, with it, a sizable fortune.

Lucianna is content with comfortable widowhood—until Robert Minton, Earl of Lisle, visits her bookshop. The Englishman is not only dashing and handsome—he’s a trusted courtier of Henry VII.

The Pietro d’Angelos cannot deny the spark of attraction between their daughter and the earl, so they scheme to send her to London. There, Lucianna steps out of the shadow of her quiet Florentine life, pursuing a love of which she never dreamed and rising in London society all the way to court of the new Tudor king.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451413741
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Silk Merchant's Daughters Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 786,042
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bertrice Small is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in New York.

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Lucianna: The Silk Merchant's Daughters 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Bertrice Small fan and have almost all of her books in both print and digital form. Normally, I'd find myself delving into her books, having to force myself to put it down. However, with this one, I found myself forcing myself to continue reading. The sub plot was intro duced toward the end of the book and was wrapped up as quickly as it was introduced. Almost as if Bertrice was bored with her own character and plot as well. I'm likely to purchase and read Serena out of loyalty, but we need a resurrection of the old Bertrice, and I'm talking Sky O'malley, the Kadin, Wild Jasmine writing Bertrice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her work. I actually questioned if someone else used her name for this book. This book was a huge disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read Ms. Small's works since "Love Wild & Fair" was released - well over 20 years. This is so far below what I expect from her writing, very disappointing. I've always enjoyed her works but will give serious consideration to if I will continue. I'm truly sorry Ms. Small but this book had no spark at all.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
I will start this review off by saying that I am a huge fan of Bertrice Small, albeit a recent one. I first read a Dangerous Love back in 2010 and have been stuck since. Bertrice’s books are memorable to say the least. Orianna Pietro D’Angelo carefully plotted each of her daughter’s lives, especially their marriages. The wife a Milanese silk merchant only wanted the best of marriages for her beautiful offspring, but sometimes the meddlesome Orianna didn’t know what was best for her daughters. When Lucianna went easily into her marriage to wealthy bookseller, Alfredo Allibatore, she actually had it easy at first. Alfredo was old enough to be her grandfather and their relationship was more friendship and mutual respect than marriage. Lucianna emjoyed her work in her husband’s book shop and was content with her life even remaining untouched. After three years of marriage in name only, Alfredo passed away leaving nineteen year old Lucianna a wealthy widow and once again on the marriage market to fulfill Orianna’s whim. Lucianna has no intention of marrying again. She did her duty by her parents and now she is in a position where she doesn’t need a husband. Enter Robert Minton, the Earl of Lisle, a handsome Englishman who is close confidant of the English King. Sparks fly when Minton meets Lucianna, but she is in complete denial. When Orianna and her husband see the budding attraction, they send Lucianna to England as a representative of the silk merchants of Milan as a conspiracy to push Lucianna into marriage with the Earl. Once in England, Lucianna must deal with the difference between both cultures, the Earl desperately wanting to be involved with the beauty when she is has no intention of falling into his arms and outside forces that would have Robert and Lucianna not be together. Lucianna, by Bertrice Small is great read. It brought me back to my love for the author after I finished the Border Chronicles. Lucianna is the third book in the Silk Merchants Daughters series, but the first I delved into and once I finished Lucianna, I happily went back to the first two books, Bianca and Francesca. Ms. Small just has a way of making you feel that you are part of the story and Renaissance Italy just came alive for me, along with the restrictive attitudes towards women and the irony of it all. I recommend highly this series to lovers of historical romance and eagerly await the next in the series, Serena. *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was so-so, but it wasn't up to Ms. Small's usual standards. I can't believe this story came from the same author who gave us "The Kadin", "Skye O'Malley" and "The World Of Hetar". I've read all of Ms. Small's books since "The Kadin" was first published, eagerly awaiting each new story - but now I'll reconsider before automatically purchasing her future books. Sadly her writing is not as it once was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On page 85 - almost halfway through - and NOTHING interesting has happened! Bertrice Small, where the heck have your writing skills gone?
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TK821 More than 1 year ago
Huge fan of Bertrice Small, but this one was pretty flat, not her best, I'm afraid.
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Though not her best, it still was a great story. I am a big fan of Ms. Small and have read all her books to date, some many times. Didn't feel the passion between the characters like I usually do, but it still was a memorable story. Can't wait for her next book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read all of Bertrice Small's books i can say this is her worst effort. This story follows the silk merchants daughter. Where are the sensual descriptions of dress fabrics and the dresses themselves, meals partaken, beautiful locals, historical events and romantic involvement between our main characters? This story has none of the interesting aspects we as readers expect from Ms. Small. Only 200 pages. Is her publisher limiting the length of her books or is it her choice? Many of her previous books have been 500+ pages so she can devolope her characters and create an interesting story but if this is an example of where Ms. Small is heading I will not purchase another of her books. And she has been my favorite romance author for years. Please, Bertrice, don't sell your readership and yourself short. Write as you know how to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually delve into Ms. Small's books with delight.  It took me 2 days to read this one because I kept falling asleep.  I kept thinking "wake me up when this book is over! I have to admit that I have not been impressed with this series.  At this point I' m not sure if I will even bother with Serena's story!  I guess I'll just keep rereading my old favorites, most especially "The Kadin"
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