Author: Barbara Quick
Genre: Teen Historical Fiction
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
ISBN-13 Book: 9780061448874
Source: Received copy from author to participate in this tour. This is my honest review!
A Golden Web by Barbara Quick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Alessandra Giliani is intelligent and inquisitive, and in fourteenth century Italy, those are not welcome traits in a young woman who is expected to settle down, marry, and raise a household. Alessandra longs for more than being cloistered away until her wedding. She longs to discover new things and new ideas. When being cooped up in the cloister becomes too much for Alessandra, she concocts a daring plan and will risk everything to learn more and become the world's first female anatomist.Barbara Quick has done a remarkable job bringing this relatively unknown piece of history to life. Her historical detail and her characters are exquisite. They feel like real people and you cheer and sympathize with them as you read.
Alessandra is a likable and remarkable young heroine. She is very strong-willed, and determined which no doubt led to her successes. Her story is one of determination and intelligence.
While this book is a short read at only two hundred and sixty six pages, it is full of gorgeous detail. I felt like I was living in Alessandra’s time, and with her wonderful family. Quick’s imaginings of this young girl’s life are very realistic and interesting. I felt like this book could almost be a biography rather than a work of fiction.
Overall this is a wonderful work of historical fiction. It makes me want to go out and find out more about Alessandra Giliani. Highly recommended to fans of historical fiction, or readers who love to read about strong female characters who aren’t afraid to take chances to get what they want. A beautiful story.
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