MY REVIEW OF “THE PAINTER’S APPRENTICE’ by Laura Morelli
I appreciate the way Laura Morelli, author of
“The Painter’s Apprentice” creatively describes the beautiful scenery of Venice with glorious details. The time line of the story is around 1510. The Genres of this story are Historical Fiction, Fiction, and a dash of romance. During this time, there is a darkness as the plague takes offer many parts of the city, causing death and destruction.
The author presents the characters with a “real” feel during this time in history. The Artists were respected for each of their abilities. It was unusual for a young woman or young girl to participate in the Artist’s studio, and have a position. Maria Bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on in her father’s footsteps as a master gilder. Maria’s father encourages this and postpones finding a suitable husband for her (which is done in the day) so Maria can continue to care and work with him. When Maria falls in love with one of her father’s workers, her father sends her away to train as an apprentice to Master Trevistan, a famous painter. I feel that the character’s motivations make sense for the timeline in the story.
I appreciate that the author provided a wonderful historical background, and could see all the research that went into making this a great novel. I found that the author was very clear in making her points in this story.
In this story there are secrets and betrayals. There is intrigue and some tense moments. I was captivated by this tale.
I could not pick one scene as my favorite, since I enjoyed reading many. My favorite character was Maria, and I found that she was honest, kind, courageous and brave, facing many obstacles.
There were some twists and turns, and I was happy with the conclusions. I highly recommend this story for those readers that appreciate Historical Fiction. I received a copy of the ARC for my honest review.
The Painter’s Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice (Venetian Artisans)
Star-crossed lovers with a costly secret. As the plague grips Venice, more than a quarantine divides them…
Venice, 1510. Maria Bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father’s legacy as a master gilder. Instead, her father has sent her away from the only home she’s ever known to train as an apprentice to Master Trevisan, a renowned painter.
Maria arranges to leave the painter’s workshop to return to her family workshop and to a secret lover waiting for her back home. But the encroaching Black Death foils her plans…
When the painter’s servants uncover the real reason why Maria has been sent away to train with Master Trevisan, they threaten to reveal a secret that could tear down her family and the future of their trade. She is forced to buy the servants’ silence, but as their greed steadily grows, Maria resorts to more desperate measures. She questions whether her heart’s desire is worth risking her family, her trade, and her future, but Maria’s sacrifices may amount to nothing if the plague arrives on her father’s doorstep and steals away everything she’s ever loved…
From the author of the award-winning The Gondola Maker comes a rich tale of Renaissance Venice, a heroine with a lust for life, and love against all odds.
Buy Buy The Painter’s Apprentice today to transport yourself to the vibrant and dangerous world of 16th-century Venice…