Renaissance Woman

Renaissance Woman

by Anne Clayre Mason
Renaissance Woman

Renaissance Woman

by Anne Clayre Mason


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Mysterious dreams of a life in Renaissance Italy draw Louisiana antique shop owner Renee Martin to Venice at the start of the city's famous Carnevale. There, she literally meets the man of her dreams, Patrick Jordan, a handsome art gallery owner from Houston.
After she purchases a topaz pendant from a local shop, her life begins to parallel with startling similarities that of Renata Briana, a young sixteenth-century Venetian woman the original owner of the topaz.
Unscrupulous people who are after the valuable topaz chase Renee and Patrick through narrow alleys and twisting canals creating a seemingly endless nightmare. Amid the chaos, their love blooms. However, Renee's suspicions about a woman in Patrick's life and her reluctance to get involved with another man after being jilted threatens their relationship.

Will this end their love? Or will the binding thread that stretches over five hundred years tie them together forever?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601543806
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 05/04/2009
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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Patrick grabbed Renee's hand. "They've spotted us! Come on, we'll try to lose them in the crowd." He pushed her straight into the crush of people.

Renee glanced back to see if the men were still following. All she could see were the throngs of revelers closing in around them. Brightly colored robes and sequined masks swirled before her eyes like a huge glittering monster. A multitude of foreign voices roared in her ears, but the languages all melded together into a collage. The sights and sounds transported her to another time.

He guided her toward the calle leading from the piazza. The high platform shoes she wore, wonderful at keeping the hem of a woman's voluminous gown from becoming soiled, were a detriment to one being chased by thieves. She kicked off both shoes and ran barefooted, the rough ground biting at her tender feet.

Renee's head began to clear as Patrick dragged her into the shadows of what must have been the narrowest alleyway in the world. Her heart raced, and she neared collapse. Strangely, the soles of her feet stung as if she'd been running on rough ground barefooted.

Patrick moved in against the wall and pulled her in behind him. Frightened beyond words, she pressed closer to him. The muscles in his back tensed at her touch. Those men could still be close by, but she felt safer now, protected by this man she hardly knew.

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