๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป A review of Waking Isabella by Melissa Muldoon

After thoroughly enjoying The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola by Melissa Muldoon, I was excited to read another book by the same author. Another historical fiction that includes painters in Europe that brings readers through the trials of life as an artist of the past. While The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola takes place in the 16th century, Waking Isabella brings readers through various time periods, including the 16th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

Isabella was a princess in Italy who was murdered by her own husband. It has been said that her ghost still visits the area. Centuries later, Nora goes to Italy on sabbatical from California to work on a film that describes Isabella and her story. Nora meets up with her former roommate from years ago in Italy and is taken through current day Arezzo, Italy. While in Italy, Nora finds herself surrounded by culture and dreams of Isabella.

Waking Isabella by Melissa Muldoon. Matta Press. Release date: November 2018.

The writing style of this book is easy to read and full of the many emotions that likely went through the hearts of many during WWII. Artwork was taken and burned in much of Europe during German occupation those days. Itโ€™s quite impressive how some chose to save the art by hiding it or some painted over the original to meet artistic times. Nora finds herself looking for one particular painting of Isabella and her mother that was least known to be in Paris but has been missing. Will Nora find out what happened to this beautiful piece?

Nora also finds herself building a relationship with an ex-jouster, who owns an antique shop, Luca. They spend lots of time together getting to know one another while Nora is in Italy for her sabbatical. With her film completed and sent to the university in California, Nora turns to helping Lucas with his latest shipment of antique treasures. What will they find?

In several instances in this book, desks with hidden compartments are mentioned. It was once quite popular to have furniture with Secret drawers to hide important letters. This was also mentioned in another book I read recently. Now I want one of my own!

A digital copy of Walking Isabella by Melissa Muldoon was provided complimentary by iRead Book Tours. I give this book 5 out of 5 tiaras because it paints beautiful pictures of Italy as well as the people and culture. Iโ€™ve read many books that takes place in Italy that now I want to visit these historic locations in this beautiful country of wine and pasta and art!

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Tour Schedule:

Feb 1 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – spotlight of all 3 books / giveaway
Feb 1 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – spotlight of all 3 books
Feb 2 – Working Mommy Journal – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 2 – Books for Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 3 – Books for Books – review of Isabella
Feb 4 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 8 –Olio by Marilyn – review of Sofonisba / author interview / giveaway
Feb 8 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
Feb 8 – Literary Flits – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 10 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 10 –Gwendalynโ€™s Books- review of Sofonisba / author interview / giveaway
Feb 11 – Books for Books – review of Artemisia
Feb 12 – History from a Womanโ€™s Perspective – book spotlight
Feb 12 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 12 – Stephanie Jane – spotlight of all 3 books / giveaway
Feb 15 – Elizabeth McKenna Author Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 16 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Sofonisba / guest post / giveaway
Feb 17 – Gwendalynโ€™s Books – review of Isabella
Feb 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 17 – Splashes of Joy – spotlight of all 3 books / author interview / giveaway
Feb 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Artemisia / giveaway
Feb 19 – 30-something Travel – review of Sofonisba / guest post / giveaway
Feb 19 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – review of Sofonisba
Feb 22 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – review of Isabella
Feb 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Artemisia / giveaway
Feb 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – spotlight of all 3 books / giveaway
Feb 24 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 24 –Working Mommy Journal – review of Artemisia / giveaway
Feb 25 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Artemisia / giveaway
Feb 26 – High Society Book Club & Reviews – review of Sofonisba + spotlight previous books / guest post / giveaway
Feb 26 – 30-something Travel – review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 26 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – review of Artemisia
TBA – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – review of Sofonisba / giveaway

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