Waking Isabella: Because beauty can't sleep forever

Waking Isabella: Because beauty can't sleep forever

by Melissa Muldoon

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Overview

Waking Isabella is a story about uncovering hidden beauty that, over time, has been lost, erased, or suppressed. It also weaves together several love stories as well as a few mysteries. Nora, an assistant researcher, is a catalyst for resolving the puzzle of a painting that has been missing for decades. Set in Arezzo, a small Tuscan town, the plot unfolds against the backdrop of the city’s antique trade and the fanfare and pageantry of its medieval jousting festival. While filming a documentary about Isabella de’ Medici—the Renaissance princess who was murdered by her husband—Nora begins to connect with the lives of two remarkable women from the past. Unraveling the stories of Isabella, the daughter of a fifteenth-century Tuscan duke, and Margherita, a young girl trying to survive the war in Nazi-occupied Italy, Nora begins to question the choices that have shaped her own life up to this point. As she does, hidden beauty is awakened deep inside of her, and she discovers the keys to her creativity and happiness. It is a story of love and deceit, forgeries and masterpieces—all held together by the allure and intrigue of a beautiful Tuscan ghost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997634822
Publisher: Studentessa Matta
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Edition description: Edition ed.
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Melissa Muldoon is the "Studentessa Matta." In Italian, "matta" means "crazy" or "impassioned." She promotes the study of Italian language and culture through the dual-language blog StudentessaMatta.com. Melissa began the "Matta" blog to improve her own language skills and to connect with other language learners. It has since grown to include a podcast, Tutti Matti per Italiano, and the Studentessa Matta YouTube channel. Melissa also created Matta Language Immersion Tours, which she co-leads with Italian partners in Italy. She has a B.A. in fine arts from Knox College, and a master's in art history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She studied painting and art history in Florence.

Dreaming Sophia is Melissa's first novel about Italy and Waking Isabella is her second novel. Both stories weave together historical facts with an imaginative story line, focusing on Italy, the language, art, and culture. It is the desire of the author to introduce her readers to the world of art history and inspire them to learn the Italian language.

When Melissa is not traveling in Italy, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Melissa designed and illustrated the cover art for both her novels. More information is available on the author's website: www.MelissaMuldoon.com

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Princess Is Murdered

Chapter 2: Ghost Ships

Chapter 3: Where Life Is Beautiful

Chapter 4: Incense and Regrets

Chapter 5: Backseat Driver

Chapter 6: A Painting to Remember

Chapter 7: Prelude to a Storm

Chapter 8: La Dama Bianca

Chapter 9: The Rules of the Game

Chapter 10: Buongiorno Principessa!

Chapter 11: Sinners and Saints

Chapter 12: Family Business

Chapter 13: Legends

Chapter 14: The Shop Around the Corner

Chapter 15: The Artist Upstairs

Chapter 16: Two Hearts Aligned

Chapter 17: End of Days

Chapter 18: Waking Beauty

Chapter 19: Star of Florence

Chapter 20: Portrait of Love

Chapter 21: Urlo alla Luna

Chapter 22: A Golden Passion

Chapter 23: The Bitter End

Chapter 24: Drunken Confessions

Chapter 25: Exorcising a Ghost

Chapter 26: Prayers to Margherita

Chapter 27: A Princess Is Awakened

Chapter 28: Tutta la Verità

Chapter 29: The Joust

Chapter 30: A Piece of Picasso

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