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S if Franco could be to blame and how she can extricate herself from this marriage She Once Dreamed Of When once dreamed of When is asked to do a painting for the powerful Cosimo de Medici can he help her realize her dreams of painting for the powerful Cosimo de Medici can he help her realize her dreams of a successful artist and recover her family s treasured heritage as wellThis novel is the first of four in a series the second Alchemy s Daughter is a preuel set about 100 ears earlier As a former student of art history I especially enjoyed the way Mary Osborne incorporated many well researched details of painting and an artist s life during the Renaissance in her novel She describes in detail everything from preparing walls for frescoes to grinding and mixing paints and preparing canvases Teens who are used to picking up art supplies at the local Michaels or art store might be surprised at how time consuming painting was during this periodWhile it may seem far fetched to have a woman artist as the heroine in a novel set during the 15th century there were a few women who succeeded in having artistic careers during the Renaissance usually daughters of artists or members of the nobility and certainly Osborne portrays how difficult it was for a Nam young girl to pursue a path generally reserved for men Fourteenear old Emilia wants nothing but to become a painter but during the fourteenth century in Italy that s near impossible That is impossible until Makarios a foreign painter recognizes her talent and asks her to become his apprentice As Makarios s apprentice Emilia gets worldly exposure and maturity and through an old family treasure she gleans wisdom At first this book seemed really interesting it s talking about Renaissance Italy How could someone write a boring book in that time period Apparently Mary Osborne can The author certainly did her research and she tries to show this by cramming a copious amount to factual information into her novel Did she really need to put Italian words in every other sentence Not only that the author has no writing style as my English teacher would put it she needs showing and less telling The book is a huge mix of clich d storylines and the plot is not captivating She uses so many foreign names for the characters that I had a hard time remembering who is who The author s characterization is faulty even her main character is flat In her historical fiction novel Mary Osborne s certainly got the historical part down just not the fiction I highly recommend this book to anyone It is well researched in both art history and alchemy The plot has some wonderful pl Strangely interesting book to read Although I enjoyed it it lost a star for me because it s historical fiction and Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination yet the character and plot don t ring true It s just too easy for the main character to shake off the shackles of being a woman and exploring her freedom I think the time period was prettied up a little too much But in any case an interesting look at mysticismBook descriptionAt age fourteen all Emilia Serafini wants is to learn to paint so that she can become an artist But painters apprenticeships foroung women don t exist in the Florence of Renaissance Italy The odds appear stacked against her until she don t exist in the Florence of Renaissance Italy The odds appear stacked against her until she a fascinating book A Manual to the Science of Alchemy It was once her grandmother s and Emilia turns again and again to the Manual for guidanceWhen Emilia meets the wealthy brooding Franco Villani her life takes a thrilling but dangerous turn Franco will do anything to win a place in the court of the powerful Cosimo de Medici Well aware that Cosimo prizes ancient manuscripts above all Franco realizes Emilia s Manual would be invaluable to him in ways than oneInfused with the mysticism of alchemy Nonna s Book of Mysteries is an exciting portrait of a oung woman who defies convention to seek her destiny I loved Nonna s Book of Mysteries It s a wonder of a book exciting mysterious and wise I ll long remember the courageous and determined Emilia who learns about choices and the conseuences of choices about the importance of struggle and perseverance about loyalty friendship and love amid the splendors of Renaissance Florence I can t wait for another from Mary Osborne Karen Cushman Newberry Award Winner author of The Midwife s Apprentic. Ici Well aware that Cosimo prizes ancient manuscripts above all Franco realizes Emilia's Manual would be invaluable to him in ways than one Infused with the mysticism of alchemy Nonna's Book of Mysteries is an exciting portrait of a oung woman who defies convention to seek her destiny. Ed and she can no longer take lessons Her mother ends up giving her Nonna s Book of Mysteries and Emilia ends up learning a lot about herself and her familyI loved Emilia She s one of my favorite characters of all time and this is one of the best books I have ever read I can t even begin to tell Chasing McCree Chasing McCree you how engrossed I was This is one of those books thatou have to read in one sitting I was going to Florence for vacation and found this book to read It was a perfect companion for my trip I even stayed ON THE SAME STREET THAT EMILIA LIVED ON THE the same street that Emilia lived on The is predictable but fun I enjoyed the information about Renaissance lifestyle and painting I will definitely read Alchemy In Renaissance Italy 14 Impossible Things year old Emilia doesn t really fit the mold of the other girls her age While her father despairs of her ever marrying Emilia longs to paint and be recognized like the male artist of her time Emilia dresses like a boy just to get a chance to work under and learn from one of Italy s most revered talents But when an accident reveals Emilia s true identity she is fired and she is once again forced to face the fact that her dreams may be unattainable Shortly after another artist stumbles across Emilia and offers her an apprenticeship with no disguises necessary Emilia finds her way with the help of her unconv What I think I enjoyed the most about this book was how wonderfully strong determined and smart the protagonist is Emilia Serafini is a fourteenear old girl coming of age in Renaissance Italy and all she wants is to be a painter This is not a typically achievable goal for a woman in that time period but Emilia refuses to give up even fighting against the marriage her father has already arranged for herTo help her Emilia relies on her book A Manual to the Science of Alchemy a tome that has been passed down the matrilineal line of her family for generations This book combined with Emilia s determination grit and talent may just be enough to see her to her dreamsNonna s Book of Mysteries contains a delightfully varied cast of supporting characters from villains to love interests to mentors and friends But it is Emilia that is the real star of the story and rightly sohttpthebookkeepersapprenticeblogs Author Mary Osborne s trip to Florence inspired this engaging novel of Emilia a Keto Diet for Beginners: The Keto Diet Cookbook with Quick and Healthy Recipes incl. 30 Days Weight Loss Plan young girl in 15th century Florence who dreams of becoming an artist Very few women became artists at this time and while her mother is supportive her father is eager to have her understand the way things are in the world However he indulges her and allows her to apprentice with a local artist while disguised as aoung boy When her deception is revealed she is dismissed much to her dismay Emilia finds solace in a treasured book which has been in her family for generations A Manual to the Science of Alchemy This text which Emilia considers to be little than a family heirloom contains passages from ancient texts that her mother assures her will help her get through difficult times Throughout the novel Emilia s story is interspersed with often mysterious uotations from this alchemy bookWhen a grey bearded man a foreigner from Constantinople finds her sketching in a Florence church he offers her a position working with him at his workshop While Makarios paints commissions for the Florentine gentry he also creates Ethereal Icons From His icons from his Orthodox tradition and Emilia learns how to paint in this exotic tradition as well as in the Florentine style Emilia s head is soon turned by one of Makarios patrons a handsome and wealthy businessman from Genoa Franco Villani His flirtatious behavior makes Emilia believe that perhaps she could become his wife and the lady of his exuisite home When they become engaged it seems that all her dreams will come true But when Emilia s friend Giacomo returns to Florence she realizes she has romantic feelings for him as well when they exchange a passionate kiss Giacomo warns her that we all have to make choices in life will she choose Franco or Giacamo At the same time Emilia s suspicions are aroused when her fiance Franco seems to take an inordinate interest in her ancient book of alchemy when it disappears and other disasters begin to occur in her life Emilia wonder. Ce of Alchemy It once was her grandmother's and Emilia turns again and again to the Manual for guidance When Emilia meets the wealthy brooding Franco Villani her life takes a thrilling but dangerous turn Franco will do anything to win a place in the court of the powerful Cosimo de' Med. Renaissance Italy is a perfect backdrop for a historical aromance with a strong modern heroine because although there are proscriptions on women s behavior during this period there is also an unusual amount of freedom That combined with the Intellectual Artistic And Political Richness Of The artistic and political richness of the make the potential for plot and character development limitless The author used the exciting history of 15th century Florence well combining just the right amount of ambition hope intrigue and treacheryAs a teacher of oga and a student of meditation I was drawn in by the references to ancient teachings in the alchemy text central to the story In some schools of meditation one of the underlying thoughts is that we have to dig deep into ourselves to uncover our darkness or demons and work through that in order to achieve peace or in some cases enlightenment We can argue about what those ultimately looks like but I was impressed by the expression of similar sentiments both by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians and to some extent by the early Christians I am not by any means a religious person but the author managed to convey the belief in saints and icons in such a way that I think everyone can appreciate the Values Of Faith Morality of faith morality ethicsThose heady historical religious and philosophical references are intrinsic to the story of Emilia s ambition to be than she is allowed to be and those elements draw the reader in as much as the intrigue of her romancesThe writer has a good touch for comedy I laughed out loud during a disastrous dinner scene However I found the first two or three chapters difficult to get into it seemed Osborne wasn t exactly sure how to start or when to reveal certain things The writing improved shortly after and the charm of her character kept me readingWhile I appreciated the obvious care she took in her research I was saddened to find an obvious historical error There is no way a servant in Florence would have been harvesting potatoes in 1460 as they were not to the best of my research encountered by Europeans until 1537That s a small error and it stands out because the rest of the story flows so well and reuires relatively little suspension of disbeliefA great read for Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law (American Psychology-Law Society Series) young adults that will whet their appetites for history religion philosophy art and politics Florence in the 1400s was a world center for painting and culture But the guild tightly controlled who could be licensed as a master painter and girls and women were not allowed on their list Still fourteenear old Emilia Serafini lives for her art and "she s desperate to find a way out of the marriage her father has planned for her So she " s desperate to find a way out of the marriage her father has planned for her So she for guidance to a book her mother gives her that has been handed down through generations in her family Manual to the Science of AlchemyBut the book s advice is not always easy to interpret and sometimes Emilia doesn t want to follow the advice she reads there When she finds herself involved with a wealthy but unscrupulous businessman who covets the book Emilia must call on all the magic she can muster from its pages to help her create the future she longs forIn Nonna s Book of Mysteries author Mary Osborne paints a fascinating picture of Renaissance Italy and its thirst for beauty and knowledge She includes enough historical details to bring the time period to life but not so much that it overwhelms Emilia s story And Emilia is a great character who is rooted in her era with all the dreams of a girl far ahead of her time Headstrong and determined she also learns a lot about patience and tapping into wisdom passed down through the agesI also enjoyed reading about creating icons and frescoes and getting a taste for what life was like in a master artist s studio of the period Nonna s Book of Mysteries is historical fiction at its best I recommend it for mother daughter book clubs with girls aged 14 and up Emilia s dream of becoming a painter doesn t look promising after all it is only the 14th century and women did not have opportunities such as this Emilia s parents decide to let her pursue her passion and take painting lessons The only thing is she has to pretend that she s a he She is emotionally shattered when her identity is uncover. At age fourteen all Emilia Serafini wants is to learn to paint so that she can become an artist But painters' apprenticeships for oung women don't exist in the Florence of Renaissance Italy The odds appear stacked against her until she receives a fascinating book A Manual to the Scien. .


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