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Laura Morelli

Genres: Historical
   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)
Stephanie Storey
"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 characters—most of whom are important historical figures of Renaissance Italy—pulls 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."
Anticipation (2021)
Melodie Winawer
"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)
Meredith Jaeger
"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."
Antoinette's Sister (2022)
Diana Giovinazzo
"The political landscape of Southern Italy during the period of the so-called Kingdom of the Two Sicilies is one of the most complex and daunting in the history of the Italian peninsula. But Diana Giovinazzo weaves a clear path for us through the historical minefield in her latest historical novel, Antoinette's Sister. Though the eyes of Maria Carolina Charlotte, queen and de facto ruler of Ferdinand I's kingdom, we experience the personal struggles, tragedies, and triumphs of one of the most remarkable women of the eighteenth century. A fascinating biographical portrait as well as an engrossing, bittersweet tale."

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