To A Strange Somewhere Fled

To A Strange Somewhere Fled

by DM Denton


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ISBN-13: 9780990715863
Publisher: All Things That Matter Press
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Writer and artist D.M. (Diane) Denton, a native of Western New York, is inspired by music, art, nature, and the contradictions of the human and creative spirit. Through observation and study, truth and imagination, she loves to wander into the past to discover stories of interest and meaning for the present, writing from her love of language, the nuances of story-telling, and the belief that what is left unsaid is the most affecting of all.

Her educational journey took her to a dream-fulfilling semester at Wroxton College, England, and she remained in the UK for sixteen years surrounded by the quaint villages, beautiful hills, woods and fields of the Oxfordshire countryside, and all kinds of colorful characters. This turned out to be a life-changing experience that continues to resonate in her life to this day.

She returned to the US and Western New York in 1990, and has since resided in a cozy log cabin with her mother and a multitude of cats. Her day jobs have been in retail, manufacturing, media and career consulting, and as a volunteer coordinator for Western New York Public Broadcasting. She is currently secretary for the Zoning and Codes administration in the town where she lives. In addition to writing, music and art, she is passionate about nurturing nature and a consciousness for a more compassionate, inclusive and peaceful world.

Please visit her website,, and blog, where you can contact her. Also, find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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To A Strange Somewhere Fled 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LScott25 More than 1 year ago
Fabulous is only one positive adjective to describe D M Denton’s sequel, To a Strange Somewhere Fled. After reading her first book, A House Near Luccoli, I couldn't wait to follow Donatella’s journey from Genoa, Italy to Wroxton, Oxfordshire. You won't want to put this book down! You'll want to forgo all life's responsibilities and simply read, read, read! Diane writes with elegance while taking us gracefully into the 17th century. Each night while I read, her characters became a part of my life and I was saddened to say “good-bye.” However, there aren't many books I’ll read a second time but hers are on top of the list. This book is a compelling and wonderful continuation; the setting is beautiful while taking us on a lyrical journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To A Strange Somewhere Fled is everything I expected and more. Diane writes with gentle passion as we follow Donatella in this sequel to A House Near Luccoli', where she leaves Genoa in Italy,  to begin a new and very different life with her father, a retired sea captain, in Wroxton, Oxfordshire. We are introduced to new characters who are brought to life immediately by the intricacies of Diane's writing and we soon become fellow travellers on their journey. The paths we travel with them reflect life, love and loss all interwoven beautifully with the music of the 17th century. I feel I grew to know Donatella throughout both books and I will miss her! 
Martin_Shone More than 1 year ago
Four words ... Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo! OK a few more words. I couldn't wait to pick up Diane’s book after I'd put it down for such things as work and sleep getting in the way of reading this superb sequel to A House Near Luccoli. Transported to Oxfordshire we catch up with Donatella once more and so the mystery, the secrets and the rhythm within these pages lifts the reader to appreciate the subtle yet daring intricacies of music, passion and life in 17th century England. Martin Shone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this beautifully realised sequel to A House Near Luccoli, the author once again effortlessly blends the vividly imagined fictional character Donatella with real-life historical figures and settings to create a world that is as beguiling as it is believable. We are invited to follow Donatella’s progress as she faces a very different future from the one she had begun to imagine for herself – without the quixotic musical genius, the 17th century Italian composer, Alessandro Stradella, who reawakened her passions and zest for life. This is a subtle, understated exploration of love and lost possibility and there are no easy answers or conventional happy endings. As Albert Schweitzer wrote, ‘In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being’. There can be no better description of Donatella’s encounter with Stradella in A House Near Luccoli – but now living in England, and haunted by vivid memories of her time with him in Italy, what can life hold for her? Donatella, her heart awoken and then broken, remains ‘another man’s secret’. She can perhaps reveal herself again, but surrender has many guises. Scrupulously researched and historically accurate, the novel immerses the reader in its historical period. That we can meet Purcell within these pages and find him totally believable as a living, breathing human being is a mark of the author’s imaginative powers and literary skill. There are, appropriately enough, no false notes to be found.
MaryAClark More than 1 year ago
Virtue and Virtuosity of Love and Language In this tour-de-force book, D M Denton shows her command of a distinctive point of view and a writing style that enables her to communicate it. Her style breaks the rules, but it is just this breaking up and apart that reveals her character’s experiences in new and unexpected ways. It allows for flourishes, nuances, changes in pace, and variations on themes, as music does. With delicacy and sureness, the author works with her themes of memory, love, and loss. Grief and love vibrate throughout. Combining actions with nuances of feeling or states of mind, she gives us poignant glimpses into the world of another human being. Donatella is a spinster, young, but not too young, who captures the wayward musician/composer Alessandro Stradella’s imagination, in A House Near Luccoli. In this sequel, Donatella has moved from her native Genoa to live with her father, now a retired sea captain, near the small town of Wroxton in the English countryside. She carries with her not only the memory of the extraordinary Stradella, who has been murdered, but some of his musical compositions as well. In this way she can keep a part of him with her, and protect his work from his enemies. She is attuned to her rich interior life, as it is her most constant companion. This subliminal stream of images and thoughts, affords her a form of transcendence by overcoming time, as it links past, present and future.  Coming to a new and alien place, Donatella finds she has more freedom to explore the world. As she navigates the subtleties of unexpected relationships, she begins to open up, with the mature beauty of a late bloomer, made more enticing by her shyness and modesty. Her mother’s overt and indiscriminate sexual flirtations offer a sharp contrast to Donatella’s smoldering, deep-banked passion and careful sensuality. It is her virtue that attracts men. This is not the same as innocence; she is well aware of the human condition.  Donatella is intoxicated by her passion, which frightens her for what it might lead her to do. This is a story of a woman’s passion, whether it is the bliss of a walk in the woods, or the transporting joy of music, or the recognition of loving and being loved by another.  What an inspired and informed imagination to portray the young Henry Purcell. The composer is still finding his way, as are Donatella and another young man. Purcell appreciates the work of Stradella, and others who preceded him, even as he struggled to promote his own. The author’s descriptions of music, particular musicians, and musical performances make this book a work of art itself. To A Strange Somewhere Fled is a virtuoso performance.
SteveLindahl More than 1 year ago
The music continues in To A Strange Somewhere Fled, DM Denton's lovely sequel to A House Near Luccoli. This story follows Donatella and her mother, Julianna, to England and to the home of Donatella's father, the Captain. The great musician, Alessandro Stradella, whom Donatella had loved, is gone now, but she has her memories in the form of copies of his never performed compositions. Those works are of great interest to the musicians in the novel, including the English composer, Henry Purcell and the Italian violinist, Carlo Ambrogio Lonati, both of whom play roles in Denton's story. This plot is as much about music as Donatella's first story, which covered the time when she was a copyist for Stradella, but in this novel Donatella's role as a performer is emphasized, along with her relationship with Roger North, a neighbor and friend of her father's. Denton writes with a lyrical style which swells, fades, and swells again, creating a perfect setting through its tone as much as its meticulous description. Her words pull her readers to 17th century England like music from that era. Here's a sample from a scene where Donatella explores her new home while walking with her parents: Mama wanted to walk arm and arm with her daughter. The sun was gone from the village; the short cape Donatella wore, on loan from her mother, warm and disturbing with speckled fur around its neck and bottom edge. They had to go single file through the arched opening of the privet hedge that fronted the cottage Donatella had yet to call home. Their hurried movement upset thirsty midges, Papa swatting at them violently and Mama laughing as she meant to enjoy herself no matter what. Donatella knew the pond was nearby ever since the Captain had told her why she heard ducks and frogs, the sound of children and splashing. As the evening silhouetted its lacy perimeter, it became the first thing she loved about the village. “What is ... this ... scent, Papa?” Donatella slowly found the words to ask and recognized the cascading vine of flowering honeysuckle almost completely covering the stone wall that rose up behind the pond and hid their piece of the village. “Most noticeable early morning and evening,” her father put a hand on her arm to show his pleasure with their conversation. In North Carolina driving from Asheville to Boone presents a choice. A driver can stick to the interstates or opt to take the Blue Ridge Parkway. The latter decision takes an extra hour or so, but along the way there are opportunities to stop at overlooks and enjoy scenes that are among the most magnificent in America. DM Denton's writing presents a similar choice. It takes a little longer to read than most books of a similar page length, but along the way there are breathtaking moments which make the choice a wise one. Steve Lindahl – author of Motherless Soul and White Horse Regressions