We All Fall Down (2020) (with David Blixt, Jean Gill, Kristin Gleeson, J K Knauss, Katherine Pym, Deborah Swift, Melodie Winawer and Lisa J Yarde)
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Raphael: Painter in Rome (2020)
"Along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael Sanzio forms part of an unofficial ‘holy trinity’ of Italian Renaissance artists. In Stephanie Storey’s new historical novel, Raphael: Painter in Rome, however, we experience Raphael not as a towering giant but rather as a lively, engaging friend. Storey deftly weaves together extensive historical research on artistic, political, and religious events without it feeling heavy or didactic. Raphael’s first-person narrative and his interactions with the other charactersmost of whom are important historical figures of Renaissance Italypulls the reader seamlessly through the story to a satisfying conclusion. You’ll want to have your internet connection ready so that you can look up each and every one of the beautiful works of art described in this engaging tale of ambition, rivalry, and ultimately, the power of art to transcend it all."
"Melodie Winawer's Anticipation is the perfect mix of an original setting, an emotional journey, and a deep, immersive dive into the past. The ruined city of Mystras--once an important Byzantine capital--is as much a character as Helen and Elias in this epic tale. I rushed to this book after dinner each evening to experience the sweeping chain of events unfolding across centuries of love, loss, tragedy, and triumph. A truly original story that--much like its characters--will stand the test of time."
The Pilot's Daughter (2021)
"From the first chapter of Meredith Jaeger's The Pilot's Daughter, I plunged into a mystery that wouldn't let me go until the final page. But it's the two troubled heroines--Ellie and Iris--who pulled me into the heart of this rich, multigenerational family drama. Readers will enjoy the vicarious journey to both 1920s Manhattan and 1940s San Francisco, as they root for Ellie and Iris along the way. And they'll keep turning the pages to find out what happens next."
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